Rugby World Cup: Wales handed boost after fans queue to watch training, says Ryan Jones

Former captain Ryan Jones considers the Wales squad have been awarded“a massive elevator“ ahead of the Rugby World Cup, after 15,000 people queued to watch their open training session in Kitakyushu.
Wales are located at the southern Japanese town, which will not host any matches and arrived at the stadium where they’re training from locals.
The staff of warren Gatland get their championship under way on Monday, September 23 against Georgia, and Grand Slam winner Jones says will reward the players.
„I have never experienced anything like this in my career. It’s astonishing and it has been really emotional,“ said Jones, who played for Wales in 2004-2014.
„It has been like hosting a party. This afternoon, we got up and we said’oh, I hope individuals will develop and it goes well‘.
„Then to find the queues and then to observe the players‘ faces when they came out, it was just magical.
„It’s exceeded our expectations. As the men are just one week from our very first match, and to get an experience like this brings it home how it really is, it’s great.
„It will give the gamers a enormous lift. The fantasy was to turn the town red and we’ve done that.“
Jones, who helped construct links between the Welsh Rugby Union and Kitakyushu, included:“When you look back on things on your career, setting that has been magnificent.
„Viewing the players when they came at the welcome party the other night, and watching their faces here, they did not understand it.
„They’ve not seen anything like that and they’ll remember it forever. I understand we will be back and long may it continue.“

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