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First-ever Quad Nations comes to Leicester

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Four Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby players will wear Great Britain colours in their home city in the first Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament at Leicester Arena next month.  

Nicholas Cummins, Muhammad Islam, Jamie Stead and Gavin Walker are all included in the GB squad ahead of the showpiece event at the 2,400-seat Leicester Arena which hosts Tigers Wheelchair Rugby league matches as well as being the home of Leicester Riders basketball team.

Great Britain are the current reigning European champions with their opponents in the Quad Nations ranked as the world’s top three teams.

The Quad Nations is staged on the weekend of March 9-11 with all four teams playing each other over two days before the pool leaders progress to the final on the Sunday. The final day will also include a third-place play-off.

The Tigers team have enjoyed a successful campaign and head into the final BT Super Series weekend of February 24-25 with the chance to win the league for the first time. Topping the table will put the squad in prime position heading into the BT National Championships among the top six teams in the country. 

Darren Matthews, the Tigers head coach and part of the GB coaching team, said: 

The boys’ selection for the Great Britain squad really shows we’re doing things right in the club environment here at Leicester.

“Our close relationship with the national set-up plays a big part in the way we train, as we aim to bring back similar training drills and plays which we know bring success on the court.”

David Pond, chief executive of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, added: “GBWR is really excited that we can stage this tournament in Leicester.

“Leicester has been an important training venue for us and with Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby in the city we are hoping for lots of support for GB.”

Tickets cost from £5 with special offers for groups and families. Visit the link below for tickets along with a full match schedule.