RUGBY Union is known to be a family game and few in the region will be as proud as Rex Thelwall, father-in-law of towering Wales Lock Brent Cockbain.
As Rugby World Cup fever spreads, Rex, from Gresford, has been glued to the TV set over the last three weeks as he roots for the 29-year-old Australian who married his daughter Kate four years ago.
Kate met Brent while she was working as a nurse in a Sydney hospital following a backpacking holiday around the Far East and Australia, and they married in 1999.
Brent moved back to the UK with Kate and played rugby for the London Irish before moving over to Pontypridd in 2000. He now plays for the Celtic Warriors.
Rex has been an ardent Wales fan all his life, in particular of the great Welsh sides of the 60s and 70s, so when the Aussie was called up to play for Wales, Rex was a very proud father-in-law.
Brent, who grew up in the town of Innisfail near Cairns, was recently scooped by Wales coach Steve Hanson and played his first National game in Wrexham against Romania in August.
The 6ft 8ins, 18st 4Ib giant, who has been known to tuck away a box of Shredded Wheat for breakfast, was given his call-up a few days after the birth of his son Toby.
The new Welsh pack hardman qualifies to play as he has been a Cardiff resident for more than three years.
Rugby fan Rex will be rooting for his Dragonheart son-in-law following his storming performance against New Zealand last weekend.
Brent had an excellent game for Wales against the All Blacks, even though the Dragons eventually succumbed 53-37 after a spirited fight.
The Aussie giant looks set to play a big part in the mouthwatering clash with England at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
Rex said: 'It's going to be a big game on Sunday and Brent feels privileged to be a part of it. I have been following every single game so far. The game against New Zealand was great, Brent had a cracking game, they all did. His first game for Wales was against Romania in August and he played well then.
'He has played very well in all of his games. He is very proud to be playing for Wales and has really taken the team and the fans to heart.
'Brent has always felt it was a privilege to play for Wales and he was certainly pleased that he made a big contribution to the game against New Zealand. His teammates have been behind him all the way.
'I think it was their overall determination that produced a respectable scoreline and they moved the ball around well. It was no great secret that New Zealand expected to beat Wales by a cricket score.
England are hot favourites to win the game and clinch the World Cup, but Rex is hoping that his son-in-law will help rain on England's parade.
He added: 'I am sure he will be very bullish about playing England - it will certainly spur him on.'
Brent, who returned to Australia with the Wales squad in October, spoke of his ties with his adopted a country, his team and his fans.
He said: 'I've been in the UK that long now that when I talk about home, I talk about Cardiff. I missed my wife and family over there, so I am just like the other boys in the squad really.'
He said: 'People back in Wales have been very supportive of me playing for the country. I've had no negative feedback whatsoever.
Rex spoke to daughter Kate last Tuesday, who is with her husband in Brisbane as he bids for Rugby's ultimate prize.
He said: 'She said that they are looking forward to the game on Sunday. Management keep a tight reign on the squad and the wives and girlfriends only get to spend an hour or two a day with the players. Kate has been following all of the games and went to see the game against Canada with Brent's mum and dad.'