The Wheelaroos are set to play World Cup warm-up matches in opposition to Wales and Scotland to assist put together for the match opener in opposition to hosts England at London’s CopperBox Area.
Just like the Kangaroos and Jillaroos, the Wheelaroos haven’t performed since 2019 so coach Brett Clark is eager to make sure the workforce will get some sport time collectively earlier than the Wheelchair World Cup, which is being performed alongside the Males’s and Ladies’s tournaments for the primary time.
Wheelchair Rugby League Australia chairman Martin Meredith stated the Wheelaroos would play Wales in Cardiff on October 29 and Scotland at Medway, Kent on October 31 forward of their World Cup conflict with England on November 3.
The Australian workforce then face Eire on November 6 and Spain on November 9, with the highest two groups within the pool advancing to the semi-finals on the England Institute of Sport in Sheffield on November 13.
The Wheelchair ultimate is at Manchester Central on November 18, with the Males’s and Ladies’s finals at Previous Trafford the next day.
“We’ve got acquired a pre-World Cup camp so we’re getting there about 5 days earlier than and we thought we’d have a few warm-up video games,” Meredith stated.
“Due to COVID, Southern Hemisphere nations have struggled to play worldwide video games so we haven’t performed for 3 years. We simply want a little bit of a tune-up earlier than we go into the World Cup.”
With none worldwide fixtures, the Wheelaroos squad has been gathering for a sequence of coaching camps and the gamers will come collectively once more on September 2-4 and September 23-25 earlier than travelling to England for the World Cup.
“The workforce is eagerly awaiting and looking out ahead to collaborating in these fixtures within the lead as much as the RLWC matches,” Clark stated.
“They may present the right springboard into the principle occasion, and actually give us an opportunity to place our sport plan to the take a look at.”
The Wheelaroos not too long ago introduced Brisbane-based monetary providers firm Skyring as their main sponsor for the World Cup and Meredith stated different companies had proven curiosity in supporting the Australian workforce.
In the meantime, defending World Cup champions France – the IRL ranked No.1 Wheelchair nation – will fine-tune their preparations for the match with a match in opposition to Spain on September 2.
France wish to bounce again from a 62-48 loss to England in June and preparations are ramping forward of their opening pool match in opposition to Wales in Sheffield on November 4.
Eire and Wales have additionally introduced a World Cup warm-up match at Halifax on October 8.