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GB Squad Announced for World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 2019

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby has announced its squad to take part in the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 2019 (WWRC2019) from 16-20 October in Tokyo. The tournament, which runs alongside the Rugby World Cup, will feature the world’s top ranked nations and will be a test of where teams are a year out from the Tokyo Paralympic Games. WWRC was the initiative of GB Wheelchair Rugby who staged the first tournament in London in 2015 when England hosted the Rugby World Cup.

GBWR Chief Executive David Pond presented WWRC2019 to guests at a reception hosted by the British Japanese Parliamentary Group to celebrate the Rugby World Cup and WWRC2019. The four CEOs of the Rugby Union Home Nations also spoke during the event which was joined by the Japanese Ambassador to the UK and the British Ambassador to Japan.

GBWR make one change from the team which won the European Championships. Ayaz Bhuta comes into the squad as Head Coach Paul Shaw further develops his tactical lines.

Commenting on the selection Shaw said,

‘This is our final international tournament this year and we hope to build on what has been a very successful few months for us. WWRC2019 gives us an opportunity to play the best in the world a year out from the Paralympics and to do it in Tokyo, so it will be valuable preparation for our ultimate goal which is to win a medal at next year’s games.’

GB’s Chief Executive David Pond said,

‘I am really pleased that Japan is building on the WWRC15 legacy and staging this tournament alongside the Rugby World Cup. I hope those visiting Japan will come and watch world class wheelchair rugby and I am excited about our prospects for a medal’.

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GB Wheelchair Rugby Team Selected for World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 2019

Name Classification  Club Home Town
Kylie Grimes 0.5 London Farnham
Jonathan Coggan 0.5 London Chelmsford
Ryan Cowling 1.0 West Coast Crash Matlock
Nick Cummins 1.5 Leicester Tigers Leicester
Chris Ryan 2.0 London Welwyn
Ayaz Bhuta 2.5 West Coast Crash Bolton
Jamie Stead 2.5 Leicester Tigers Normanton
Jim Roberts 3.0 London Welshpool
Aaron Phipps 3.5 Solent Sharks Southampton
Stuart Robinson 3.5 West Coast Crash Morecombe

For further information or to arrange interviews with players, please contact David Pond on 07971 495 990 or email

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