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Brady enjoys wheelchair rugby try-out

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Tom Brady and Pat Cilliers tried their hand at wheelchair rugby as the Tigers team took on Leicestershire Police in a series of charity matches.

The Tigers Wheelchair team and the police played three matches on Saturday in aid of the Tigers Foundation and Coping With Cancer.
James Price, the Tigers Wheelchair Rugby captain, said “Everyone had a really good day. It was a real pleasure to play against the police force, especially as it was in aid of some great causes.”
During the event at the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre in Leicester, Tigers players Brady and Cilliers, and supporters, including Chief Constable Simon Cole, a season ticket holder at Welford Road, were given the opportunity to have a go.
There was even the chance to receive coaching from Darren Matthews, rugby development coach with Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby.
“It was very tough but great fun,” Brady said: “The boys are very fit, they work hard and are really tough.
“We thought we were going to watch but they said there was a spare wheelchair if we fancied it. We both had a good crack at it – I think we won our game 11-8!
“There is more to it than you realise. For instance there is a different wheelchair for different positions. The defenders have a ram on the front to smack into the attackers, the attackers’ is more rounded and set up for speed.
“It was great and the players really don’t hold back!”
The Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Team play in the UK league and join forces with the existing Marauders club to play as Leicester Tigers in European competition.
For more information on the Tigers Wheelchair Team click here.