Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby: How to watch, fixtures and more

Sun, 29/08/2021, 06:00 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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The Australian Steelers will be out to make it a three-peat as the Wheelchair Rugby gets underway at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

The number-one ranked Aussies enter as the team to beat after their heroics in London and Beijing, led by legend Ryley Batt.

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However, there will be plenty of sides eager to knock off the Steelers, led by world champions and hosts Japan.

With action underway, here's everything you need to know about Wheelchair Rugby at the Paralympics

HOW TO WATCH THE TOKYO PARALYMPICS WHEELCHAIR RUGBY?

The Seven Network has exclusive rights to broadcast every event of the Tokyo Paralympics in Australia. 

Events, including every game of the Wheelchair Rugby, will be shown on television across their three respective channels: 7, 7TWO, and 7mate. 

They will also be live streaming their televised events via 7+ which will have a dedicated Paralympics channel that can be accessed online or via the app.

AUSTRALIA STEELERS SQUAD FOR TOKYO 2020 WHEELCHAIR RUGBY

  • Ryley Batt
  • Chris Bond
  • Andrew Edmondson
  • Ben Fawcett
  • Shae Graham
  • Andrew Harrison
  • Josh Hose
  • Jake Howe
  • Jason Lees
  • Michael Ozanne
  • Richard Voris
  • Jayden Warn

WHEN DOES AUSTRALIA PLAY NEXT IN THE TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPICS WHEELCHAIR RUGBY

*All games LIVE on Channel 7 and 7Plus

Wednesday August 25 at 3 pm - AUSTRALIA 53 def by DENMARK 54

Thursday August 26 at 6:30 pm - AUSTRALIA 50 def. FRANCE 48

Friday August 27 at 3 pm - AUSTRALIA 53 def. by JAPAN 57

SEMI FINAL: Saturday, August 28 at 6:30 pm, AUSTRALIA 42 def by. USA 49

BRONZE MEDAL: Sunday, August 29 at 2:00 pm - AUSTRALIA 52 def by. JAPAN 60

TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPICS WHEELCHAIR RUGBY FIXTURES

*ALL TIMES AEST

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25

Pool B: USA 63 def New Zealand 35 (12:30)

Pool A: Australia 53 def by Denmark 54 (15:00)

Pool B: Great Britain 50 def Canada 47 (18:30)

Pool A: Japan 53 def France 51 (21:00)

THURSDAY AUGUST 26

Pool B: Canada 54 def by. USA 58 (12:30)

Pool A: Japan 60 def Denmark 51 (15:00)

Pool A: France 48 def by. Australia 50 (18:30)

Pool B: Great Britain 60 def New Zealand 37 (21:00)

FRIDAY AUGUST 27

Pool A: Denmark 50 def France 52 (12:30)

Pool A: Australia 53 def. by Japan 57 (15:00)

Pool B: USA 50 def Great Britain 48 (18:30)

Pool B: New Zealand 36 def. by Canada 51 (21:00)

SATURDAY AUGUST 27

Denmark 56 def New Zealand 53 (12:30)

Japan 49 def by. Great Britain 55 (15:15)

Australia 42 def by. USA 49 (18:30)

France v Canada (21:00)

SUNDAY AUGUST 28

Bronze medal match - Australia 52 def by. Japan 60 (14:00)

Gold medal match - Great Britain v USA (19:30)

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TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPICS WHEELCHAIR RUGBY RULES

Wheelchair rugby is played indoors on a hard floor court, occupying the same measurements as a basketball court (28 metres long by 15 metres wide).

A team can score points by crossing the opposing team’s goal line while in possession of the ball.

The goal line is situated on the baseline of the court and is 8 metres wide. In order for the goal to be counted two wheels of the wheelchair must be across the goal line.

A volleyball is used and may be passed, thrown, battled, rolled, dribbled, or carried in any direction, however, kicking the ball is not allowed.

Along with this, a player must bounce the ball at least once every 10 seconds.

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