On Tuesday 11 August, two of Wales’ major sports events, the 2015 Wales Rally GB and 2015 Rugby World Cup, teamed up at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay to showcase their participants’ talent.
The Welsh rugby squad took part in an open training session ahead of the World Cup from September 18 to October 31. Three of the country’s rallying stars – Elfyn Evans, Osian Pryce and Tom Cave – wished the rugby team a best of luck.
Following training, captain Sam Warburton and a host of other players joined the three drivers for a photo shoot and general conversation. Also present were Evans’ M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC and Pryce’s Junior World Rally Championship Citroen DS3 R3.
“It’s been great to see the national squad train up in north Wales in front of a packed crowd, there’s always a warm welcome here at Parc Eirias which hosted the opening ceremony of Wales Rally GB last year,” said Elfyn Evans.
“I’d like to wish all the boys good luck for the Rugby World Cup, which is such a big event for everyone in Wales. Coming from mid-Wales, there’s no escaping rugby and it’s the only sport outside of motor sport that I actually follow. Now to have these two fantastic world sports events in Wales back-to-back later this year is just fantastic.”
“Rugby and rallying are two of the most popular sports in Wales and by showcasing these two major events we celebrate the economic value, business, tourism and commercial benefits that global sport brings to Wales,” added Ben Taylor, Managing Director of Wales Rally GB.
“We are delighted to have agreed another new deal with Welsh Government whose support has been critical to the success of Wales Rally GB and it’s great news for motor sport sector in Wales and the UK.”