Following report by Rob Griffiths, Daily Post
While Wales are involved in their autumn international series throughout November, Colwyn Bay’s Eirias Park, home of North Wales side RGC, is playing host to four IRB sanctioned matches.
The first set of games will see Russia take on USA in a 6pm kick off on Friday, November 9, which will be immediately followed by Samoa’s match against Canada.
The following week will see Tonga take on USA on Saturday, November 17 in a 6pm kick off with the game between Canada and Russia going ahead immediately after.
Rupert Moon, WRU general manager of the North Wales development region, said: “Some of the most exciting players in world rugby will be coming to the area to play and it really is a massive coup for North Wales.
“It is tier two and tier three international teams going head-to-head in IRB international matches all building ahead for the World Cup in three years time.
“Samoa are playing against Wales the following week, and will be building for that game, while these are also IRB international matches with ranking points on offer.”
Samoa are the highest ranked side involved in the double-double headers in Eirias Park, as they currently sit in 10th place in the standings, just behind Scotland.
The week after Samoa face Canada in Colwyn Bay, the South Sea islanders take on Wales in the Millennium Stadium.
Fellow South Sea island nation Tonga are the next highest ranked side in 12th just one place ahead of Canada, who will have a number of players in action over the two games who are familiar facilities at Colwyn Bay following the link with RGC over the past couple of seasons.
Russia are the lowest ranked side in 19th place, while USA sit in 17th.
Discussions have been ongoing for a long time over the Colwyn Bay venue staging the event, and Moon, who has only been in his role in North Wales since the start of the current season, was full of praise for all those involved.
Moon added: “As the new man in the post of only a couple of weeks, I know the amount of hard work that has gone on between Conwy Borough Council, the Welsh Rugby Union and IRB.
“This is also really for the benefit of the locality of Colwyn Bay, but also for North Wales as a whole. It is a massive decision, and will be bringing the local area and also North Wales to a huge world wide audience, and this is a fabulous achievement for all those involved.
“Really this is the next step along the way from the commitment of the WRU to hold the Wales under-20s matches in Parc Eirias to hold international matches, and bringing North Wales into the world stage.”