Wales Rugby League
Wales Rugby League

By Ian Golden, Date: 25/7/13

South Wales Scorpions skipper Joe Burke is delighted that sales for the World Cup match at Neath are going so well.

The 23-year old prop, who has won three caps for Wales so far, will be hoping to make the side again for Wales v Cook Islands on Sunday 10 November in front of his home crowd, but for now will be content to pose with the World Cup trophy this Sunday when South Wales Scorpions take on Gateshead Thunder at The Gnoll (kick-off 1pm).

“I was really pleased to hear that virtually all of the tickets in the Family Stand for Wales v Cook Islands have gone,” said Burke. “There’s nothing that rugby players like better than playing in front of a packed ground so I hope that this game is a sell-out.

“It’s great that the World Cup organisers are bringing the actual trophy to The Gnoll this Sunday for when we take on Gateshead Thunder. We’re going to be posing for a team photo with the trophy and I know that fans are able to have their photo taken with it too.”

This Sunday’s match is a must-win for the Scorpions if they are to keep up with the sides above them and make the play-offs and Burke hopes that the potentially large crowd will cheer them on.

“I know that having the World Cup trophy in Neath this Sunday has created a lot of interest,” Burke said. “All of our junior sides will be there to cheer us on too and I think that will lift us.

“We’ve had a good week in training with plenty of numbers and we all know that a win is vital.”

Photos with the World Cup trophy are free of charge and you can book your timeslot by going to and clicking on the match preview link for the Scorpions v Gateshead game. Tickets for Wales v Cook Islands can also be bought on the same site.