A group of 17 Welsh supporters say that a lack of hotel accommodation in Rourkela has forced the hardened party to reserve rooms 100 miles away in Ranchi and take an overnight train to attend matches. Rob Furlong, one of the Welsh supporters travelling to India, told The Hockey Paper: “It’s been interesting. We realised very quickly that Rourkela didn’t offer hotels.”
Wales will make history by playing their first ever men’s World Cup match against England on Jan 13 – the first major international at the new Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium – before taking on Spain two days later. This is followed by their final group game against hosts India in Bhubaneswar.
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