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Hosts Ulster Barbarians eye glory in Blitz event

 

Big event: Trevor Ringland expects a top tournament
Big event: Trevor Ringland expects a top tournament
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Four representative teams from the UK and Republic of Ireland will be gunning for glory when the Barbarians Blitz wheelchair rugby tournament gets under way today at the Antrim Forum.

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The event, which is run today and tomorrow, will be hosted by the Ulster Barbarians, who will take on sides from England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland in the first wheelchair rugby tournament hosted in Ulster outside of the Irish League.

The Glasgow Crushers (Scotland), North East Bulls (England) and the Irish Republic - who will include four Ulster players from the Barbarians in their team as part of an Irish development squad - will provide the opposition for the Barbarians this weekend.

A fifth team, put together by Barbarians patron and former Ulster and Ireland international Trevor Ringland, will also be in attendance at the Antrim Forum and will take their place in an exhibition game today against a team comprised of Ulster Barbarians volunteers.

Ringland's team will be assisted by his former Ireland team-mates Nigel Carr and Keith Crossan, who will also be there.

Today will begin at 9am with a game between the hosts and the Irish Republic, which will be followed by the Crushers facing the Bulls at 10.30am.

In the second round of fixtures, the Bulls will face Barbarians at noon, which will then be followed by the short exhibition game between Ringland's team and the volunteers' side.

Tomorrow will see the knockouts take place, the day's action beginning later at 11.30am, with two play-offs determining which sides reach the final.

After the third-placed play-off, the final will round off the weekend's action, with the tournament set to finish at around 5.30pm tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit the Ulster Barbarians website: www.ulsterbarbarians.com

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