The most exciting game of the 2012 London Paralympics returns to Cardiff this weekend when the Coloplast Super Series league weekend takes place at Sport Wales, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May.
Players from the 2012 squad will join their local team members to battle it out in an action packed weekend of rugby with all the top teams fighting it out for the Coloplast Super Series crown.
A terrifying fusion of ice hockey, handball and rugby, the game was founded in Canada in 1977 and was originally dubbed 'Murderball'. It's not just about brute force though - tactically it's a very intelligent game to be involved in.
Eight rolling substitutes make up squads of 12, with four players on court per team at any time. The aim is to thunder across your opponents' goal line with two wheels in contact with the hardwood floor and the ball in your hands. Players in possession have to bounce the ball or pass with within 10 seconds of receiving it.
Wheelchair Rugby has so far dominated television coverage of Paralympic sport, with players starring in programmes such as Channel 4’s ‘Inside Incredible Athletes’; appearing on ‘Breakfast News’; ‘BBC News 24’; ‘Daybreak’; ‘The One Show’ and even playing on board the Woolwich Ferry as it sailed down the Thames and under Tower Bridge.
"It’s a really exciting time for GBWR. Not only is Team GB progressing well towards the Paralympic Games, thanks to the funding support of UK Sport, the Lottery and Sport England, but it means that the sport is able to grow at all levels and be in a position to challenge for Paralympic gold." said CEO David Pond.
Entry is free, and the Cardiff Super Series days will begin at 8.30am and run through until 6pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.
Taking part will be players destined to represent the UK in the 2012 London Paralympics, as well as amateurs from clubs around the country. For a full schedule check out the GBWR website on www.gbwr.org.uk