Team Preview: BT GB Team
Team Preview: BT Great Britain
With the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge fast approaching, we are bringing you an in depth team preview every week. Over the next 8 weeks, we will bring you an overview of each team in the tournament. Analysing their form, key players and tactics, we aim to let you know every team’s chances at the hard-hitting tournament.
Our first preview comes from the hosts, Great Britain. Currently ranked 5th in the world, the BT GB team will be looking to use home advantage to win the BT WWRC15.
GB looks to bring a different set of faces with them from London 2012. Over the last 3 years, GB have tried to mix youth with the experience of players including, Mike Kerr, Alan Ash and Jonathan Coggan.
GB is a team filled with pace and in players like their newly appointed BT Ambassadors Ayaz Bhuta and Jim Roberts they have weapons to unlock the most experienced defences. Experienced hands including Gavin Walker and the returning Ross Morrison give a well-rounded and strategic backbone to the team.
Their form over the past 12 months has shown improvement and progression. From a 5th placed finish in the 2014 IWRF world championships after a double overtime defeat to Canada earlier in the tournament, GB were dramatically beaten in the final of the 2015 Para Wheelchair Rugby Games by Japan. Last month GB won the Metro cup in Warsaw and showed signs of a team that are starting to gel.
With the European Championships in September, GB will be looking to confirm their place at Rio 2016 and develop their young squad even further to push on to win their pool at the BT WWRC.
Great Britain’s pool includes World Champions Australia, speed merchants Japan and an improving French team. GB will need consistency in order to qualify for the knockouts.
BT WWRC15 GB Fixtures
- France - 12th
October – 7:45pm
- Australia – 13th
October – 5:30pm
- Japan – 14th
October – 7:45pm
Will they qualify for the knock out stage? Will the home crowd cheer GB on to overall Victory? Let us know your thoughts @BTWWRC15.
NEXT – BT Great Britain Players to Watch – Thursday 16th July