Leicester Tigers wheelchair rugby team head to Stoke Mandeville this weekend (January 26-27) for the club’s second Super Series of the season.
Last season’s Coaches’ Player of the Year Matt Sullivan spoke ahead of the weekend’s tournament as Tigers look to build on their table-topping performance in the season’s opening weekend back in October.
“We’ve just got to go out and maintain the work rate”, Matt says, “To win the league once is fine, but to retain it shows that we really are the best team out there.
“We’ve got a bigger squad this year, which offers more depth and competition for places – the way we’ve started, we’re the team to beat”.
Matt, from Manchester, picked up the Coaches’ Player of the Year award for last season and shared how he got into the sport.
“I started playing wheelchair rugby about 10 years ago. Shortly after my injury, an ex-GB wheelchair rugby player in the Southport spinal unit told me about the sport. I’d played rugby before and fancied a team sport and gave it a go in the unit. I then joined my nearest team which was in North Wales – then spent seven years at Liverpool RCG, before I came to Leicester”
“Leicester Tigers as a club has really helped bring the sport on. One of the main problems in the sport is attracting players and getting the message out there to the next generation. Tigers is a real platform for the sport.”
The sport returns to Leicester for its final set of fixtures on February 9-10 at Leicester Arena. The event is free to attend and further details of timings will be shared nearer the time.
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