Support through Sport UK saw Great Britain take on Australia at the 2018 Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament.
From 9th to 11th March, Leicester Arena played host to the first ever Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament. The tournament saw four of the best teams in the world compete in a series of head-to-head matches, culminating in a third place play-off, followed by the final.
The event featured the reigning world and Paralympic champions, Australia, alongside the Rio silver-medallists, the USA, and the bronze medallists, Japan. Completing the line-up were the hosts, Great Britain, who are the reigning European champions.
Great Britain won the first match of the tournament, beating the USA 50-47. They couldn't quite emulate that success in their evening game, however, losing 47-50 to Japan.
The following day, Britain took on the world champions, Australia, in an attempt to make it through to the final. Britain played well and gifted the spectators to a particularly gripping last quarter in which they really stepped up their defensive play and secured a key turn-over. However, Australian turnovers in each of the first three quarters and some domineering play by the Australians Bond and Batt meant that the home nation ultimately lost, 57-53,
In the third place play-off against Japan, Britain once again equipped themselves well but ultimately lost out to the Olympic bronze medallists, 47-50.
The tournament has provided the home team with the chance to play against some of the best teams in the world ahead of the World Championships in Australia in August.
What is wheelchair rugby?
You might have had the pleasure of seeing some of the wheelchair rugby (originally called "murderball") at the Paralympics or Invictus Games. A spectators' favourite, the sport is fast, sometimes brutal, and highly strategic.
The aim of the game is to carry a ball over a line to score a try. There can only be four players from each team on the pitch at the same time and the teams can comprise both men and women. A player who is in possession of the ball must bounce or pass it within ten seconds. Physical contact between the wheelchairs is allowed - and is indeed a key part of the game - although the judges watch out for any contact deemed dangerous. A match comprises four eight-minute quarters
There are two versions of wheelchair rugby: the version played at the Quad Nations (the Paralympic version) and the Wheelchair Rugby 5s. In the Paralympic version, players have a loss of functionality in all four limbs. In the Wheelchair Rugby 5s, players have greater functionality.
Want to have a go?
Check out Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby's club finder.