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WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LIVE ON SKY SPORT

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LIVE ON SKY SPORT

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LIVE ON SKY SPORT

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WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LIVE ON SKY SPORT
 
SKY Sport is proud to be bringing LIVE coverage of the final day of the Wheelchair Rugby Asia-Oceania Zonal Champs being held in Auckland. The four-team-tournament, consisting of Australia, Korea, Japan and New Zealand’s very own Wheel Blacks will decide who gains a place at next year’s World Wheelchair Rugby Championship in Sydney.
 
With Australia and Japan winning gold and bronze, respectively at the Rio Olympics, the Wheel Blacks will be digging deep on home soil.
 
ABOUT WHEELCHAIR RUGBY
 
An exciting, fast paced and brutal game, wheelchair rugby features both male and female athletes who have some loss of function in at least three limbs. The sport is full contact and is played in specially designed wheel chairs that are built for speed, durability and collisions. New Zealand’s Wheel Blacks are currently ranked ninth in the world.
 
HOW TO WATCH
 
SKY Sport 2 (channel 52) will screen the final day of competition, featuring the gold and bronze medal games from 1.30pm. In between the two games, an exhibition match featuring an invitational Wheel Blacks team will face off against a New Zealand celebrity team featuring a list of ex-All Blacks and former heavyweight NZ boxing champion, Shane Cameron. The match will be shortened and run for eight minutes non-stop.
 
Where: SKY Sport 2
When: Thursday 31 August
Bronze medal match: 1.30pm
Celebrity v Wheel Blacks Invitational match: 2.00pm
Gold medal match: 3.30pm 
 
RULES*
Games are four eight-minute quarters.
Four timeouts for each team, plus 1 extra for each overtime played.
One point is scored when the goal line is crossed with any two wheels of the ball carrier’s wheelchair with possession of the ball.
10 Seconds:  Players must dribble or pass or it’s a turnover.
12 Seconds:  Ball must be advanced over half-court or it’s a turnover.
10 Seconds:  Ball must be inbounded or it’s a turnover.
40 Seconds:  Teams must score after the ball is inbounded or it’s a turnover.
10 Seconds: Offensive player cannot be in the key longer or it’s a turnover.
Only three defenders are allowed in the key at one time or it’s a penalty. (There is a penalty box.  Generally, players are released when the opposition scores a goal or when one minute served.)
Hitting an opposing player’s chair behind the axles (a spin) is a turnover or a penalty.
 
*Source: usqra.org

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