Former captain Ryan Jones believes the Wales squad have been given “a huge lift” ahead of the Rugby World Cup, after 15,000 people queued to watch their open training session in Kitakyushu.

Wales are based in the southern Japanese city, which will not ping -c 3 90ad0d46-2407-41c7-ad91-54b4e0cead2e.ids.heibaidiguo.cn’s team get their tournament under way on Monday, September 23 against Georgia, and triple Grand Slam winner Jones says the reception they have received will benefit the players.

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There isn't much more we can say than just let you watch this…..@rugbyworldcup pic.twitter.com/8yTcRZL9YU

— Welsh Rugby Union 馃弶 (@WelshRugbyUnion) September 16, 2019

“I’ve never experienced anything like this in my career. It’s astonishing and it has been really emotional,” said Jones, who played for Wales from 2004-2014.

“It’s been like hosting a party. We got up this morning and we were saying ‘oh, I hope it goes well today and people will turn up’.

Ryan Jones played 75 times for Wales and is helping -c 3 90ad0d46-2407-41c7-ad91-54b4e0cead2e.ids.heibaidiguo.cn Ryan Jones played 75 times for Wales and is helping -c 3 90ad0d46-2407-41c7-ad91-54b4e0cead2e.ids.heibaidiguo.cn Ryan Jones played 75 times for Wales and is helping -c 3 90ad0d46-2407-41c7-ad91-54b4e0cead2e.ids.heibaidiguo.cn”Then to see the queues and then to see the players’ faces when they came out, it was just magic.

“It has exceeded all our expectations. It’s great as the guys are one week out from our first game, and to have an experience like this brings it home how amazing an event it is.

“It will give the players a huge lift. The dream was to turn the city red and we’ve done that.”

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Jones, who helped build links between the Welsh Rugby Union and Kitakyushu, added: “When you look back on things in your career, establishing this has been magnificent.