Eagles Welcome Wigan For Wheelchair Friendly
Sheffield Eagles will welcome Wigan Warriors to Forge Valley Sports Centre on Saturday 9th April, 2pm Kick Off, for a friendly to give both teams’ large squads the opportunity for extra game-time.
Despite results not going the Eagles way in the Championship North, Sheffield have registered almost 20 players for the season and Head Coach Greg Brown will use the opportunity to give those players who have not yet played a competitive game the opportunity to gain match-day experience. It will also allow Brown to give those who have had less game-time during the league the chance to build up their minutes.
Wigan sit at the top of the Wheelchair Super League but, with a side crammed with international players, have similar problems to the hosts with many of their squad who have joined the club yet to play a game.
Head Coach Phil Roberts, himself one of the most experienced Wheelchair Rugby League players in the world, will be looking to hand debuts to at least three debutants and two players who haven’t played yet this year.
“We’re very grateful to Phil and the Wigan team for arranging this game and we plan to return the fixture later in the year,” explained Eagles Foundation Chair David Butler.
“We’re having similar discussions with Rochdale and Hull who also have development game needs and I am sure that these extra opportunities will be welcomed by both clubs’ large squads and regardless of the results will provide an enjoyable experience for the players to play.”
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