, 2022-10-10 15:43:00,
Gemma Grainger has urged Wales to make history by joining the nation’s men on the world stage.
The women’s side could secure a place at next summer’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand when they face Switzerland in a qualification play-off final in Zurich on Tuesday evening, matching the achievement of Rob Page’s men, who ended a 64-year absence from the men’s finals in June when they booked a trip to Qatar this winter.
Wales, who were watched by a record crowd of 15,200 as they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in Cardiff on Thursday evening to set up their clash with the Swiss, have never before qualified for a major tournament and have been hugely inspired by the efforts of Gareth Bale and his team-mates.
Boss Grainger said: “It’s been a huge inspiration for us, Rob and the team, and seeing them working and how they have created history themselves to put Wales on the world stage. It’s something that we want to be right alongside them with.
“I’m looking forward to heading to the World Cup in Qatar later in the year and I’m hopeful that we can continue to work in that way, that we both inspire each other.
“I have a very close relationship with Rob, it’s a brilliant working relationship and it very much sums up our association in terms of we are together and we’ll make sure we keep pushing to grow the game together.”
Grainger is acutely aware of the opportunity within her side’s grasp, despite the fact that even victory at the Stadion Letzigrund over the highest ranked of…
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