The Gloucester Rugby Wheelchair team played their first competitive fixture last week and came away with the honours after beating opponents Westmidland Warriors.
Ex-GB Captain David Antony, led what was a very hard fought first encounter for the newly formed GR team to victory over the Westmidlands Warriors, the final result 38-30.
David guided the team and scored a number of goals alongside fellow team mate David Durston and Victoria Smith put in a strong effort getting the ball across the goal line only to be disallowed by the referee. GR player Lee Morris was named man of the match for his outstanding performance.
Nicole Talbot, team coordinator, said:
"The GR team have been training hard over the past few months, this is a newly formed team with players coming together for the first time to play in what was a 'friendly' but very competitive fixture. There was great effort put in by all, showing ever growing strength and compassion as a team."
The GR wheelchair rugby programme was launched in February and is being run in conjunction with the University of Gloucestershire who have helped create the Wheelchair Rugby club providing opportunities for disabled people to get active and involved in the sport.
The programme is backed by Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby as the Governing Body and is the first team established with a Premiership Rugby club and University. The organisations are backed by sponsors EDF Energy and Lanes Health who are also working together to deliver community and youth programmes introducing wheelchair rugby to schools across Gloucestershire.
For more information on the wheelchair rugby programme or to get involved please contact Gary Little, Community Manager, Gloucester Rugby or Andy Pitchford, Director of Sport, University of Gloucestershire.
It was a case of triumph over adversity for Gloucester in Italy this weekend, their pre-match preparations ruined by a relocation of the game. However, it was a job well done for the Cherry and Whites who defeated Benetton Treviso 41-0 in freezing conditions in Italy to top pool one.