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Wales select side for Celtic Cup in Scotland

Wales select side for Celtic Cup in Scotland

21st March 2017, 8:09

North Wales Crusaders have provided the bulk of the Wales Wheelchair squad who will travel to The Peak at Stirling Sports Village to take on Scotland and Ireland in the Celtic Cup on Saturday 29th April.


Wales are the holders of the Cup and are confident of retaining the trophy after naming a ten-person squad with two potential debutants in Claire Cranston and John Doyle.


Gary Preece of Hereford Harriers is the only player not to be plying his trade with the Crusaders.


Six of this year’s Wales squad were in 2016’s victorious Celtic Cup side that saw them beat Ireland 76-26 and Scotland 92-22 in Blackpool to win the trophy.


Wales Wheelchair head coach Steve Jones said: “I think this is a well-balanced team that has every chance of retaining the Celtic cup. I’m very pleased to be giving new players a chance to play for Wales, it shows how the sport is growing and evolving.”


WALES: Mark Williams (captain), Stuart Williams (vice captain), Alan Caron, Claire Cranston, Harry Jones, John Doyle, Andrew Higgins, James Roberts, Gary Taylor (all North Wales Crusaders), Gary Preece (Hereford Harriers).


The Rugby League Wheelchair World Cup is scheduled to take place between July 18-28 in a number of venues in the south of France. Full information is set to follow.


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Wheelchair Rugby League is played as five-a-side but is as similar to running Rugby League as possible. The game is played with an oval ball unlike the “Wheelchair Rugby” that was seen in the Olympics. Tries are scored by placing the ball down on or over the line and there are even conversions and drop goals, all done with the players’ hands. It makes for an exciting sport that is enjoyed by many.


Click here to view the full official laws of Wheelchair Rugby League.


Go to to watch highlights of one of Wales’ wins over Australia in the last World Cup.


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