Wheelchair Rugby European Championship 2023

13 January 2024
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Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby European Championship: The Great Britain wheelchair rugby team is fired up by the disappointment of the 2022 European Championship

To regain their European wheelchair rugby title, Great Britain hopes to use their disappointment in 2022 as motivation.

Between 3-7 May 2023, Great Britain will host the Wheelchair Rugby European Division A Championship.

After winning the European title in February, the Paralympic champions finished seventh at the World Championship in October.

As a qualifying event for the 2024 Paralympics, the eight-team Euros will feature eight teams.

Paul Shaw, GB head coach, said that GB was ready to take revenge on France for what happened earlier this year.

France, currently ranked fifth in the world, defeated GB, the third-ranked team, 44-43 in the final of the 2022 European Championship in Paris after winning three consecutive titles.

“After the Paralympics in Tokyo, a transition was inevitable, but we’re looking forward to next year.”

Paralympic qualification for 2024 will be automatic for the top two teams in the Cardiff tournament.

European World Stage

It is clear that Europe is becoming very strong on the world stage, and we will not take anything for granted, but we’re confident that we will qualify for the Paralympics by getting the results we need.” Shaw concluded.

France is paired with Germany, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic in Pool A, while Great Britain is paired with Denmark, Switzerland and Israel in Pool B.

The Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Championship Association has pledged to provide “the ultimate experience for athletes, fans, volunteers and partners” and “make wheelchair rugby more accessible and enjoyable for everyone”.

The Principality Stadium is an amazing venue, and we can’t wait to play there,” GB player Stuart Robinson told BBC Sport.

“We all know how motivating the Principality Stadium is, so we are looking forward to playing there and watching a great sport at an iconic venue,” he revealed.

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