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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 July, 2004, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Rugby team named for Athens
Great Britain have chosen a 12-strong wheelchair rugby squad for the Paralympics in Athens.

The line-up includes nine members of the 2003 European Championship-winning team and will be captained by Rob Tarr.

Athens will be the third Paralympics for Tarr, who led the side to European glory last year.

The line-up also includes Alan Ash, Troye Collins, Bob O'Shea, Paul Shaw and Tony Stackhouse, who were all in action at Sydney 2000.

Tarr was part of the British team that finished fourth at Atlanta in 1996, when wheelchair rugby made its Paralympic debut as a demonstration sport, and for the side which came sixth at the Games four years ago.

The squad has just returned from North America, where they played in two major tournaments featuring some of the top international sides.

GB team manager Jeremy Moody believes the tour has provided vital match practice ahead of Athens, as he follows the example of England's World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward.

"We've tried to follow Clive Woodward's ethos by leaving no stone unturned in our preparations for Athens," said Moody.

"Since May we've played all of the other seven teams that will be at the Paralympic Games and the only ones we haven't beaten yet are the USA, so I think we're certainly in a competitive position.

"There are probably five or six teams who are closely matched and games between them will be won or lost by just a couple of goals, so it should be a thrilling spectacle," he added.


The full GB wheelchair rugby squad for Athens 2004:

Alan Ash (Wolverhampton), Andy Barrow (New Eltham), Jonny Coggan (Chelmsford), Troye Collins (London), Justin Frishberg (London), Ross Morrison (Fareham), Bob O'Shea (Aylesbury), Steve Palmer (Bexleyheath), Jason Roberts (Oswestry), Paul Shaw (Birmingham), Tony Stackhouse (Ostwestry), Rob Tarr (Gotham)




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