Last autumn the wider general public and even some of the hardcore rugby league fans were introduced to Wheelchair Rugby League with the sport shining at the World Cup, quickly becoming a fan favourite especially following England’s victory which saw Leeds Rhinos’ Tom Halliwell lift the title in front of a world-record crowd.
Following the success of the World Cup the sport has continued to grow and this weekend it’s been the wheelchair Magic Weekend in Gillingham.
The games are being broadcast live on the Sportsman Youtube Channel with more games to play, however the first game has been played already this morning.
The RFL announced the event and explained the growing nature of the sport.
“Magic and Central Inclusion Rounds are new features of Wheelchair, Physical Disability and Learning Disability Rugby League in 2023, building on the success of last autumn’s World Cup. Many of England’s World Cup-winning Wheelchair squad will be brothers in arms or facing each other on an action-packed afternoon at Medway Park, following hugely successful ‘Magic’ events in Birmingham, Newcastle and Manchester.”
Martin Coyd OBE, the General Manager of England Wheelchair Rugby League, says:
“We’re now almost halfway through the season and looking forward to our fourth ‘Magic’ round and we are hoping to make the event at Medway Park our biggest yet.
“The venue is already home to the London Roosters and has hosted many important Wheelchair fixtures, including the Super League Grand Final and several matches in last year’s World Cup – so I am sure that it is going to be another fantastic event.
“Results at Medway Park could have a big impact on the current Super League table, so I’m expecting some ferocious battles on the pitch. The event is free of charge and a great day out for all of the family as the summer holidays get underway, so I’d encourage everyone to come and witness the wonder of Wheelchair Rugby League.”
The first game of the day has now been played and it saw Wigan Warriors take on Warrington Wolves and it’s produced one of the most one-sided scorelines you’re likely to see all season.
Fourth placed Wigan faced off against winless Warrington and that gap in quality showed with Wigan taking a commanding victory by a score of 138-2, with the Warriors clocking in 24 tries.
The next game is kicking off at the time of writing with the 12.30pm game between Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC live on the Sportsman Youtube Channel, as will be London Roosters against Halifax Panthers.
The games are available to watch live here.