Bilateral International Match

Squads named for England v Wales Wheelchair International

Published by IRL
21 Jun 2021

England and Wales have named their squads for the Wheelchair Senior International match which will take place at the English Institute of Sport on Saturday (June 26th)

England include three players who didn’t take part in the 2019 tour to Australia as they seek the right balance to challenge for the World Cup later in 2021. Five different clubs are represented including Catalans Dragons, the French club who supply Sebastien Bechara, who was born in Nottingham and now plays in France.

Wales are a real challenge for the Word Cup and come into the game having defeated both Scotland and Ireland in the recent Celtic Cup. With the Welsh ranked third in the world rankings and England in second place, this game promises to be the perfect preparation for the World Cup.

Welsh Coach, Steve Jones recognises the opportunity saying, “This is going to be a tough game for us, but following on the back of a hugely successful Celtic Cup campaign, I feel we will give a strong England team a good game – there is great potential for us to record our first win over England”

England Coach, Tom Coyd is also looking forwarded to the game saying, “Team selection was a real challenge. Our game is evolving, and we are testing ourselves, pushing the boundaries of how the game has been played and evolving the sport. Players must be flexible and be able to fit into the playing style.”

England Squad

Joe Coyd (Argonauts) Lewis King (Argonauts) Sebastien Bechara (Catalans Dragons) Wayne Boardman (Halifax Panthers) Rob Hawkins (Halifax Panthers) Josh Butler (Leeds) Rhinos Nathan Collins (Leeds Rhinos) Tom Halliwell (Leeds Rhinos) James Simpson (Leeds Rhinos) Adam Rigby (Leyland Warriors)

Wales Squad

Richard Carver (Argonauts), Alan Caron, Andrew Higgins, Gary Preece (all Hereford Harriers), Jodie-Ann Boyd-Ward (Leeds Rhinos), Stephen Halsey, Harry Jones, Lucie Roberts, Scott Trigg-Turner, Gary Taylor, Mark Williams (all North Wales Crusaders).