PHOTOS: First-Ever Wheelchair Rugby Tournament a Smashing Success

Athletes from across the country descended on Highland Springs High School to compete in the tournament.



Originally called “Murderball” due to its aggressive nature, wheelchair rugby is a fast-paced, full-contact Paralympic sport developed in the 1970s for athletes with quadriplegia. The rules combine elements of rugby, basketball, and handball. Collisions between the custom crafted rugby wheelchairs are a key part of the game as athletes in teams of four carry a round ball across the opposing team’s try line. Athletes are assigned a classification value, which depends on their level of competitive function. A classification of 0.5 means the player is at the lowest functional level, to 3.5, which is the highest level of functional ability.

The River City Rumble is a part of the inaugural USWRA Low Point Rugby season. Low Point Rugby is designed specifically for players classified as a 1.5 or below, with the on-court total not exceeding 3.5 points. This version of the sport allows athletes with lower competitive function, who normally compete in a defensive role, the opportunity to handle the ball, work in an attacking role, and score tries against other low point teams.

Established in 2019, the Sportable Possums Wheelchair Rugby Team trains year-round in Richmond, VA. The Possums compete in tournaments against other wheelchair rugby teams throughout the country as members of the U.S. Wheelchair Rugby Association.

The local team, the Sportable Possums went 1-4

The results below.

1st – TIRR Texans
2nd – WWAR Warriors
3rd – Grand Rapids Thunder

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