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Hull hosts Wheelchair Rugby League 4 Nations

The Bonus Arena in Hull is hosting the first ever Wheelchair Rugby League 4 Nations tournament next weekend (July 7-8).

Entry is free for the round-robin competition which involves England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and there is even an opportunity to try the sport on Saturday between 12 and 1.

Hull City Council, Humber Sports Partnership and active Hull are supporting the RFL organised event with matches and joint training sessions taking place between 11 and 5 on Saturday and between 10 and 1.30 on Sunday. Humber Sports will also be reporting on the event from: www.humbersport.com 

The tournament is being held in preparation for the 2013 Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup and aims to attract new players that are eligible to represent their country in this exciting sport.

Wheelchair Rugby League is fairly unique in that it offers both disabled and non-disabled players of both sexes the opportunity to compete both with and against each other on a level playing field.

This is created by the use of wheelchairs and some slight adaptations to the rules of regular 13-a-side Rugby League.

 Everyone is welcome to come down and watch the action or have a go. If you’re new to the sport here are a few key points:

  • There are five players on each side
  • The object of the game is to score tries
  • Conversions are scored by punching the ball over the mini-posts from a tee
  • Tackles are made in the same way as Tag Rugby by pulling off the attached tag
  • Five tackles are followed by the handing over of possession
  • Offside, knock-on and in-touch apply just like in the full version of the game