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.
After a tense opening half hour in Parma, the game turned just before half time as the home team had David Odiete red carded and Gloucester took full advantage, running in three second half tries to secure the bonus point and the victory over Zebre by 32 points to 16.
Gloucester Rugby make six changes to the side that defeated Zebre at Kingsholm in the European Rugby Challenge Cup at Kingsholm last weekend, as they travel to Italy for the second leg of the double header against the same opposition.