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Sheffield Eagles Wheelchair Team to make home debut


Following their first friendly in November 2021, a 42-8 loss away to Rochdale Hornets, Sheffield Eagles Wheelchair Rugby League team make their home debut this Saturday in a friendly against Warrington Wolves.

The current Championship Champions will face the fledgling Eagles at Forge Valley Sports Centre, S6 5HG, with a 2pm kick off on Saturday 29th January.

The Eagles, who train every Monday night, have been training all winter to prepare for the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby League season and will use the game to build experience within the team and knowledge of the game.

Coach Greg Brown has a large and diverse pool of players to select from and will aim to give each player an equal amount of game time to get the best from the playing experience, which will be played in four periods of 20 minutes.

Of the ten Eagles who faced Rochdale, Brown will be without Helen McKenna, Adam Hughes whilst the team's only try scorers Shaun Orton (injury) and Shaun Barker (availability) are doubts but named in the squad. However he will have a full roster on the day, with Jack Johnson and Christopher Brown coming into the side and Irish international Stephen Campbell battling illness to be ready in time for the fixture.

“The team have come so far since launching last June and have built up a great camaraderie so it will be great to see them playing in their home city,” said Andrea Dobson, Eagles Foundation Development Officer who takes responsibility for the organisation of the team. 

“Warrington will provide a huge test but the players are very keen to get game time under the belts and we’re very grateful for them travelling to us to help us continue our development.”

12 players will take part in the fixture:

Shaun Barker

April Brooks

Vicky Brooks

Will Brooks

Christopher Brown

David Butler

Laijla Butler

Stephen Campbell

Lottie Davis-Browne

Jack Johnson               

Shaun Orton

Stacey Roulson