IWRF World Championships: Day two preview

On Tuesday all 12 teams will be action in Odense, Denmark, with some teams including reigning champions USA playing twice. 05 Aug 2014
Wheelchair rugby

Steve Brown of Great Britain is tip over by Sebastien Lhuisser of France at London 2012.

By Beau Greenway | For the IPC

After only two matches on Monday (4 August), the first day of competition at the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) World Championships, Tuesday (5 August) features all 12 teams in action across seven enticing fixtures.

At 10:00 local time, world No 4. ranked Japan will start as favourites in their opener against an experienced German side.

The USA will start their tournament defence when they take on France, a game they will be expected to win convincingly.

Following that Finland will make their first appearance at the tournament when they play Belgium in a game that both teams will believe they can win.

The host nation will then be back in action when they take on world No.3 Canada in a must win clash for their semi-final hopes.

Australia will then begin their campaign for a first World Championship in a very enticing clash with Great Britain at 15:00.

Sweden have to wait until 16:15 for their first match and will not have it easy against the much more fancied Japanese team taking on their second game of the day.

New Zealand and the USA wrap up the day’s play when they clash at 17:30. After a strong performance against France, the Wheelblacks have nothing to lose against the No.1 team in wheelchair rugby.

By the end of Tuesday’s play most teams will have played twice and the group standings will begin to take shape.

All eyes will again be on the Danish team and whether they can cause an upset over Canada for the first time in their history.

The USA will also receive plenty of attention to see if they perform as well as everyone expects them to.

All seven matches will be live streamed on the World Championship website.