Wheelchair rugby takes centre stage in Wales: 2022 Quad Nations signals the start of road to 2023 European Championships

30th June 2022

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) has announced that the annual Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations will be staged for the first time in Wales this 16-18 September 2022, at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff.  This highly charged launch into the Welsh sporting scene paves the way for the 2023 Wheelchair Rugby European Championship, to be held at the iconic Principality Stadium in Cardiff, home of Welsh rugby.

The Quad Nations – which will be a key preparation event ahead of October’s World Championships in Denmark – will see top Paralympic athletes from Great Britain, France, Germany and Canada battle it out in the gripping four-team international tournament.  Following the awe-inspiring success of Paralympic champions Great Britain at Tokyo 2020, which saw the team make history by claiming a gold medal for the first time and athlete Kylie Grimes become the first woman to win gold in the sport, the Quad Nations promises to be a fierce competition between the international teams. The Great Britain team will be committed to claiming a victory in the Quad Nations after France snatched the European Championship title in February 2022, whilst Canada and Germany will be keen to follow up their respective successes in recent tournaments.

Marking the start of a new and exciting chapter for wheelchair rugby in Cardiff and beyond, the Quad Nations will set the scene in the rugby-loving nation ahead of the European Championships, held at the Principality Stadium from 3-7 May next year.  This spectacle of elite Paralympic sport will see the biggest and best European athletes and teams compete to qualify for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Speaking ahead of the event, GBWR Chief Executive Officer Jason Brisbane commented: “Hosting the 2022 Quad Nations in Cardiff is a hugely exciting move for Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and we’re absolutely delighted to be able to host these four elite teams this September. The Quad Nations is always a highly competitive event with last year’s behind-closed-doors competition playing an invaluable role in helping Great Britain to prepare for the Tokyo Games.

“These events, building to a crescendo of the European Championship next year, are sure to inspire people and create a true legacy for the sport, raising it to new heights through its sheer energy, passion and competitive force.

“Spectators who are new to wheelchair rugby will be captivated by how fast-paced and thrilling the game is – it’s a really physical, one-of-a-kind sport where women and men compete on the same team.

“I really hope that the rugby-loving fans in Wales will show their support and get behind this incredible sport and the amazing athletes competing. Cardiff is the perfect setting for these two iconic events, with a rich legacy of passion for rugby which we really hope to build on.”

Tickets are available here, from as little as £8 for adults and £5 for children: