Photo credit: Nutshell Video

GB Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) has announced former Wales international rugby player Rupert Moon as an ambassador. Rupert joined over 40 juniors at Llandarcy Academy of Sport on Sunday 18 November for the Lord’s Taverners Welsh Junior Festival. Rupert who played rugby for Welsh clubs Abertillery, Neath and most memorably Llanelli, won 24 caps for Wales at scrum half and over the last six years has been supporting the growth of wheelchair rugby in Wales.

The junior festival was an opportunity for junior players to take part in skills based activities and to compete against those with similar impairments. Teams from Ospreys, Scarlets, Bristol Bears, Exeter, Gloucester and Solent Sharks all took part. The festival was also a great opportunity to showcase junior wheelchair rugby in Wales and the thriving partnership between the Lord’s Taverners, GBWR and local partnerships with Ospreys Scarlets, Active Gwent, Dragons, the WRU, Disability Sport Wales and the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust .

Rupert alongside Mike Spence MBE (GBWR Vice-Chair) and GB’s Jim Roberts; photo credit: Nutshell Video

Also attending the festival was current GB athlete Jim Roberts. Jim was a successful Welsh cross country runner when he caught bacterial meningitis whilst an under graduate at Coventry University. This resulted in a prolonged stay in hospital, and the amputation of both his legs. A nurse who supported his rehab, introduced him to the sport of Wheelchair Rugby and Jim quickly became an influential force in the game. He has been a regular in the GB team since 2013 and at the World Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Sydney is year was voted as the best world player in his class.

Rupert with GBWR Chief Exec David Pond; photo credit: Nutshell Video

David Pond, CEO of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby said: “We are delighted to be at Llandarcy for this fantastic tournament and to see how wheelchair rugby is growing in Wales. It’s also really exciting that Rupert has accepted our invitation to become an ambassador. He has already done a great deal to raise the profile of the sport in Wales and his infectious enthusiasm and genuine willingness to support those who play will make a huge difference to the game in Wales. I would also like to thank all partners in Wales especially the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust whose support has been critical in enabling us to grow junior and adult wheelchair rugby in Wales”.

Rupert Moon said: “I’m honoured to accept the role as an ambassador and look forward to continuing to work with GBWR to help more disabled people experience the joy of the game. If you have yet to see it then get along get yourself to Leicester for the Quad Nations in March when GB take on the best in the world”.