Posted on Tuesday 20th September, 2022

When are the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships?

The 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships take place in Vejle, Denmark from 10-16 October 2022.

Who is on the Wheel Blacks squad for the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships?

The Wheel Blacks team is made up of a core of Paralympians that represented New Zealand at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, plus one debutante and returning players Maia Marshall-Amai and Cameron Leslie completing the squad.

The complete Wheel Blacks squad for the 2022 World Championships:

Para athleteRoleTeam Points
Cody Everson Co-captainCanterbury1
Cameron LeslieCo-captainWaikato3
Hayden Barton-CootesAuckland3
Robert HewittWaikato2
Tainafi LefonoAuckland2
Gareth LynchAuckland1
Maia Marshall-AmaiAuckland2.5
Gavin RoltonDsport0.5
Ian SimpsonCanterbury0.5
Mike ToddNon-travelling reserveCanterbury2

When will New Zealand play in the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships?

Pool games take place from Monday 10th October to Thursday 13th October. The schedule for the Wheel Blacks’ matches is as follows (local time and New Zealand time):

Day in DenmarkTime in DenmarkDay in NZTime in NZMatch
Tuesday, October 119.00amTuesday20.00pmFrance vs. New Zealand
Tuesday, October 1114.45pmWednesday 1.45amSwitzerland vs. New Zealand
Wednesday, October 1212.15pmWednesday 11.15pmNew Zealand vs. Great Britain
Wednesday, October 1219.15pmThursday 6.15amNew Zealand vs. United States
Thursday, October 1311.15amThursday 10.15pmGermany vs. New Zealand

To see the full schedule, go to https://2022wrwc.com/schedule-results/

How can I watch the Wheel Blacks in the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships?

All 46 games of the Wheelchair Rugby World Championships will be streamed live and available on demand.

How can I find out more about the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships?

Follow all the info on the official site or on Facebook:

About Wheelchair rugby

Wheelchair Rugby is a mixed team sport for male and female athletes. A unique sport created by athletes with a disability, it combines elements of many sports, including basketball, rugby and ice hockey.

Players compete in teams of four to carry a ball across the opposing team’s goal line. Full contact between wheelchairs is an integral part of the sport as players use their chairs to block and hold opponents.

Wheelchair Rugby is a Paralympic sport, with twenty‐six countries competing in international competition and more than ten others developing national programmes.

Wheelchair rugby is open to athletes with disabilities that include at least some loss of function in at least three limbs. Most players have spinal cord injuries but players can also qualify through multiple amputations, neurological disorders or other medical conditions.

How do points and classification work in Wheelchair rugby?

Every wheelchair rugby player is classified based on their disability and undergo a functional skills test. Each player is given a points value after testing which will range from 0.5 (lowest) to 3.5 (highest). The four players on court for a wheelchair rugby team must not exceed a total of 8 points. For each female player on the court, a team will be allowed an extra 0.5 points over and above the 8 points for the team.

How can New Zealanders support the Wheel Blacks?