If you’re a rugby union fan at a wits end after the end of the world cup – and England’s less than exemplary performance – then don’t despair. Perhaps it’s time to give rugby a break for a little while, and give another sport a try (no pun intended) for a while.
However, this doesn’t need to mean giving rugby a pass (sorry) completely. Last month, whilst England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales were battling it out across Blighty’s multitude of stadia, another group of British athletes were getting stuck in for queen and country.
We’re talking about the Great Britain wheelchair rugby squad, who last month took part in the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge. Unfortunately the European champs bowed out admirably in a close quarter finals match against Australia – a game they’ve dubbed “the smashes” – but that didn’t stop the tournament being a highly entertaining show of what the world’s wheelchair athletes are capable of.
Whilst the championships ended last October, the growing number of wheelchair rugby teams around the UK means that if you’re looking to watch or even take part, then it’s likely there’ll be a club in your area. In the meantime, why not find out what all the fuss is about with this A-Z of Wheelchair Rugby from Bristol Street Versa, and head over to Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby to find teams and fixtures in your area.