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Wales name Wheelchair Squad for European Champs

10th August 2015, 20:28

Wales name Wheelchair Squad for European Champs

Wales Wheelchair Rugby League side have named their squad for the forthcoming European Championships.

Wales Wheelchair Rugby League side have named their squad for the forthcoming European Championships.


Head coach Alana Sargent finalised her team following a friendly match against Ireland in Hereford last weekend.


The game was primarily to assess new players but the coaching staff always had an eye on the scoreboard. Wales were 10-0 up and Ireland didn't score until after 20 minutes. At half time it was 10-30, Ireland piling on the power plays after a stunning first quarter from Wales. Wales pulled it back to 29-30 but Ireland went on to win 29-46.


Try scorers for Wales were Alan Carron, Andrew Higgins, James Roberts, Harry Jones and Geraint Price with George Hill, Phil Roberts, Vicky Irwin, Tom McCarthy and Josh McEvoy replying for the Irish.


Sargent said: “From the coaching point of view there is a lot of improvement and the squad is a lot stronger than last year with sets being completed, less knock-ons, more movement, and a massive improvement in defence. Everyone played with passion and pride at the weekend and all of their hard work in training and matches is remarkable. Everyone put their body on the line for their country.”


Jason Owen (Gravesend Dynamyte) has had to rule himself out of European Championships due to surgery.


The final Wales squad is therefore:

Mark Williams (captain) - North Wales Crusaders

James Roberts – North Wales Crusaders

Paul Sargent - Swindon St. George

Andrew Rhys Higgins - NW Crusaders

Sebastian Groves - Medway Dragons

Harry Jones - NW Crusaders

Martin Beddis - Liverpool Saints

Gary Taylor - NW Crusaders

Geraint Price - Hereford Harriers

Alan Caron - NW Crusaders

with Dafydd Price as 11th man.


Alana Sargent (head coach)

Steve Jones (assistant coach)

Mark Andrew Jones (team manager)

Ged Ryan (assistant manager)


England, France, Wales, Ireland and Scotland will battle it out to be crowned European Champions during four action-packed days of competition.

It follows Medway's success hosting the World Cup in 2013 and the Four Nations tournament in 2014, which both attracted big crowds.

The action in September begins on the evening of Wednesday, 23 September with an exhibition match between England and World Cup winners France for the Kielty/Fassolette Trophy.

The European Championship matches will then take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the competition reaching its climax with the final on Saturday evening.  


Tickets and fixtures

Tickets go on sale on 1 August 2015 on 01634 336651 or online


Wednesday, 23 September

  • England Vs France Kielty / Fassolette Trophy International

All tickets £7.50


Thursday, 24 September

  • 11am - Scotland v Ireland
  • 1pm - France v England
  • 5pm - Wales  v Scotland
  • 7pm - Ireland v France

£3.50 per match or £5 day ticket (U16s free)


Friday, 25 September

  • 11am - England v Wales
  • 1pm - Scotland v France
  • 5pm - Ireland v England
  • 7pm - France v Wales

£3.50 per match or £5 day ticket (U16s free)


Saturday, 26 September

  • 11am - Ireland v Wales
  • 1pm - Scotland v England
  • 5pm - 3 v 4 play-off 
  • 7pm - European Championships Final

£5 per match or £7.50 day ticket (U16s free)