Pair of victories pushes Canada through to quarters at wheelchair rugby worlds


Canada is transferring on at the wheelchair rugby world championship.

A 59-42 win over Brazil for the sixth-ranked Canadians clinched their spot within the quarter-finals, which occur on Friday. The semifinals go Saturday with medal matches on Sunday.

Canada wound up third general in its group following a slender 58-56 win over Denmark, which positioned fourth, later within the day.

It will meet the second-place finisher in Group A in its first knockout spherical.

Canada’s depth shone within the Brazil victory, with 10 completely different gamers recording factors. Matt Debly, of Windsor, Ont., led the group with 19 factors. Zak Madell, who led Canada in every of its earlier three video games, registered 10 factors within the first quarter earlier than resting for the rest of the win.

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Canada eyeing podium at 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships

Three-time Paralympian Zak Madell joins Anastasia Bucsis to chat about Canada’s objectives at the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships in Denmark.

Group A options Great Britain (No. 2), United States (No. 3), France (No. 5), New Zealand (No. 8), Germany (No. 10) and Switzerland (No. 12). The prime 4 groups from every group advance to Friday’s quarter-final stage, which is being held for the primary time at the world championship. The semifinals are Saturday, with the medal matches on Sunday.

More than 130 gamers, together with a document 13 girls — three of whom are members of the Australian group — will compete at the occasion.

In September, Canada beat reigning Paralympic champion Great Britain within the Quad Nations remaining and has demonstrated main development for the reason that disappointing end in Tokyo,

Canada’s 12-member squad at worlds, which incorporates 11 Paralympians, additionally gained silver in June at the Canada Cup in Richmond, B.C.

The Canadians gained silver at 2014 worlds and are trying to find their first world title since 2002.

WATCH | Canada beats Brazil:

2022 World Wheelchair Rugby World Championships: Canada vs Brazil

Watch Canada tackle Brazil at the 2022 World Wheelchair Rugby World Championships from Vejle Denmark.

Canada’s roster

  • Zak Madell — Okotoks, Alta.
  • Fabien Lavoie — Quebec City
  • Mike Whitehead — Windsor, Ont.
  • Matt Debly — Windsor, Ont.
  • Shayne Smith — Toronto
  • Cody Caldwell — Peterborough, Ont.
  • Anthony Létourneau — Boisbriand, Que.
  • Travis Murao — Toronto
  • Patrice Dagenais — Embrun, Ont.
  • Trevor Hirschfield — Parksville, B.C.
  • Eric Rodrigues — Mississauga, Ont.
  • Byron Green — Vancouver


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