Line up Confirmed for First Quad Nations
30 November 2017
Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby is delighted to confirm the teams attending the inaugural Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations.
Taking place from 9th – 11th March 2018 at the Leicester Arena, the Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations will feature four teams all ranked within the top 5 in the World. As reigning European Champions Great Britain will be looking to capitalise on home court advantage as they take on the World’s best.
Ranked number 1 in the World, Australia are the two time Paralympic Gold medallists and reigning World Champions, they will be joined by their fellow Rio finalists and number 2 ranked USA who won the Silver medal in Rio and are the most successful team in the sports 40 year history. Completing the line-up will be Japan who were the Bronze medallists in Rio and currently ranked number 3 in the World – they will be looking to build on their first ever Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby medal as they look towards hosting the Paralympics in 2020
The new international tournament is to be held at the excellent 2400 seat Leicester Arena with daytime and evening sessions over 3 days, the full match schedule is available here.
All four teams will play each other over the first two days before the pool leaders go forward to the Sunday final and the 3rd and 4th place fight it out for the Bronze medal. The tournament will be sanctioned by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF).
David Pond, Chief Executive of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, said: 'It’s brilliant that we have managed to secure the top 3 teams in the world - if we are to be medal contenders at the World Championships in the summer then preparation doesn’t get any better than playing them all in one weekend.’
GBWR head coach Paul Shaw said, ‘After our success at the Euros we wanted to take on the very best. The team are so excited to have this opportunity on home soil and I urge everyone to come and get behind us as we take on some very tough opposition’
Ticket prices will be between £5-£18 and will be on sale on December 5th - sign up for further info at http://www.wrquadnations.com
Image 1 - Australian star player Ryley Batt is tackled by GB’s James Roberts and Gavin Walker (of Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby club)
Image 2 - USA star Chuck Aoki in action during the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge
About wheelchair rugby
Originating in Canada in the 1970s, wheelchair rugby developed from the ‘murderball’ game – created by a group of disabled sportsmen.
One of the only full-contact disability sports, two teams of four aim to score by carrying the ball across the opposing team’s line. Players compete in specially-designed manual wheelchairs and must meet minimum disability criteria classifiable under the sport classification rules.
Wheelchair rugby was first recognised as a full medal sport at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia. It has since featured at the Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.