Chris Ryan urges fans to get behind GB as Quad Nations tournament makes its return

PUBLISHED: 11:30 04 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:30 04 February 2019

Welwyn Garden City and Great Britain's Chris Ryan. Picture: STUART HOLLIS

Welwyn Garden City and Great Britain's Chris Ryan. Picture: STUART HOLLIS

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Chris Ryan is looking to lead Great Britain to glory as the King Power Quad Nations Wheelchair Rugby tournament makes a welcome return to Leicester.

The 2019 Quad Nations Wheelchair Rugby will take place in Leicester. Picture: STUART HOLLISThe 2019 Quad Nations Wheelchair Rugby will take place in Leicester. Picture: STUART HOLLIS

The Panshanger Paralympian will once again be GB captain, as he was in the inaugural event last year, when they take on Japan, Canada and France.

And he is looking for the home fans to get behind his team in what he claims is most definitely a winnable tournament.

He said: “To be chosen as captain of such a strong squad is an honour and I am hoping to lead us to victory this year.

The 2019 Quad Nations Wheelchair Rugby was launched at Leicester City FC. Picture: STUART HOLLISThe 2019 Quad Nations Wheelchair Rugby was launched at Leicester City FC. Picture: STUART HOLLIS

“We have played and trained hard together for the past year and feel we have more than a fighting chance to take the trophy.

“I would urge everyone from across the country to come along and show your support.

“It’s a great game, fun to watch and we need you all behind us cheering us along so we can win.”

The 2019 Quad Nations Wheelchair Rugby will take place in Leicester. Picture: STUART HOLLISThe 2019 Quad Nations Wheelchair Rugby will take place in Leicester. Picture: STUART HOLLIS

Ryan was introduced to wheelchair rugby while in rehab at the spinal unit at Stoke Mandeville following a car accident in 2008 and has not looked back.

The 27-year-old, who was a promising golfer prior to the accident, joined the London wheelchair rugby club in 2010 and became inspired by the players with the same function as him.

He was selected to the full GB squad in 2013, named vice captain in 2014 and appointed national captain a year later, before leading his team in reclaiming the European title after eight years.

A Paralympic debut followed at Rio 2016 with a successful defence of their European title in Germany in 2017.

They will be looking to make it a third European title in a row when the championships take place in Denmark in August while a World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge will take place alongside the Rugby World Cup in Japan in October.

All that makes the Leicester event even more pivotal.

David Pond, chief executive of GB Wheelchair Rugby said: “We are looking forward to playing some of the best teams in the world here in Leicester and the tournament is an important step on our way to Tokyo.”

The Quad Nations take place between March 1 and March 3 at the Morningside Arena.

For more details visit www.wrquadnations.com

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