The Parramatta Two Blues Rugby Club are pleased to announce a new community partnership with Wheelchair Sports NSW and Wheelchair Rugby NSW.
The newly formed partnership will see mutual branding as well as direct support from the Two Blues with the pending launch of the Two Blues Wheelchair Rugby Team to play in the Sydney Slam Series, the team will garner the Two Blues name, colours and branding during the competition.
The Two Blues also welcome NSW Gladiator Jake Field as a newly appointed club ambassador. Jake a former Two Blues player before his accident has since gone on to represent NSW, being part of the 2016 and 2017 Fierce4 Rugby National Championship winning squads and also been part of the Australian Development program.
Two Blues General Manager Craig Morgan said “we are delighted to announce this exciting new partnership in conjunction with Wheelchair Sports NSW and Wheelchair Rugby NSW. We share an extremely strong community commitment with this new partnership a great way to open and develop a relationship with another member organisation of the rugby family, enabling us to share support between the organisations but more so on the ground supporting the game, the teams and players through social inclusion and interaction. We would also like to welcome home Jake Field who returns to the Two Blues as a club ambassador. We look forward to getting out to support the Two Blues Wheelchair Rugby Team and I am sure our entire club will get behind the team”.
“Wheelchair Sports NSW is proud of the Wheelchair Rugby NSW program that provides an opportunity for our developing wheelchair rugby players to train and/or compete on the pathway to NSW and even Australian representation. This new Two Blues partnership is a testament to community recognition of the strength of our program and a chance to build greater community awareness of this great sport.” said Mark Wilson, Sports Development Officer Wheelchair Sports NSW.
About the Two Blues
The Two Blues are one of the most historic rugby clubs in Australia, founded in 1879 the club boast a proud history of developing Wallabies, Wallaroos and Super Rugby Players with a number of premierships to the clubs name.
About Wheelchair Rugby
Wheelchair Rugby is a fast paced, full contact team sport for male and female quadriplegics (tetraplegics) looking to get involved in a team sport.
The sport was originally called “Murderball” due to the aggressive nature of the game. It is a contact sport where collisions between wheelchairs form a major part of the game. Wheelchair Rugby combines elements of rugby, basketball and handball.
Men and women compete on the same teams and in the same competitions.
Australia is currently ranked number one in the world by the International Rugby Federation.
At the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, wheelchair rugby was recognised as a full medal sport for the first time. Since 200-, wheelchair rugby has been featured at every Paralympic Games.
As of 2016, more than 40 countries actively participate in wheelchair rugby, through competitive, development programs or for social recreation.