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Tigers help Great Britain to silver in Quad Nations

Photo from Gareth Quinn
Photo from Gareth Quinn

Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby internationals helped Great Britain to a silver medal in this year’s King Power Quad Nations Cup on home soil in Leicester. 

Great Britain welcomed reigning world champions Japan, fourth-ranked in the world Canada and European rivals France to take part in the round-robin tournament in the second ever Quad Nations tournament.

Tigers Jamie Stead, Gavin Walker and Nick Cummins all represented GB on the court, with Tigers head coach Darren Matthews, chairman Rob Tarr and mechanic Jonathan Roach on the Great Britain backroom staff as the team looked to better last year’s second placed finish. 

Gavin Walker, who was selected as vice-captain for the tournament, was also named the best 2.0 of the tournament celebrating the best performing players in each classification.

Great Britain started strongly winning their first two Pool fixtures 63-42 over Canada and 50-40 over over France setting up a top of the table decider against the unbeaten Japan. 

Japan won the first of the team’s bouts claiming a 47-43 win over GB meaning the pair would face one another in the Final.

A fast and frantic game saw both teams go for the win, but it was Japan who came out on top edging the match 53-51 to take gold. 

The tournament acted as Great Britain’s final preparations ahead of this summer’s European Champions in Denmark, which will see the team defend their 2017 title against Europe’s elite. 

Next up for Leicester Tigers is the chance for the club to win their first-ever double following winning the league title after an unbeaten season. 

The National Championships, taking place in Leicester on April 6-7, welcomes the country’s top six teams for the final domestic honours of the season.

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