Having been beaten in International wheelchair rugby by France only days ago, our interest as a country seems to be hotting up.
The England V France game was a fantastic match and very close with a final score of 40-42 to France. We came back in the second half from 36-6 and only failed to win after missing a conversion in extra time. Four tries from Harry Brown and two from Chris Greenhalgh helped the fight back against the unbeaten French. England, the defending world champions, also lost to France in their opening group match, going down 28-20. They then went on to beat Ireland 86-8, Wales 50-6 and Australia 81-10.
Wheelchair rugby is increasingly popular although there are only 8 teams in the UK. The South West recently formed the newest wheelchair rugby club the Westcountry Hawks who are based in Plymouth at The Life Centre and Training is On Monday Evenings between 6pm and 7pm.
The ambition to succeed amongst these wheelchair users is unbelievable and their skills on the pitch incredible. With players of all ages and both sexes it is very encouraging to see their determination and love of the game. With specialist sports wheelchairs in use there is no stopping them, as this short video shows they really are superhumans: wheelchair rugby video
As you can see there is no holding back and wheelchair rugby is very much a contact sport with frequent 'tackles' and collisions these wheelchairs are super strong and built to endure knocks on the pitch. The speed with which they cover the pitch is rapid and clearly all involved are having a great time and enjoy the ability to play a wheelchair based team sport. With these aspirations we wish them all the best for their fight to get it no the 2016 paralympics.