The GBWR Talent Development Squad application closes this week on May 1. Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby has no age limits on players, gender, nor on classification for the development squad. Players selected for the squad will be put into the pipeline to potentially represent the country as a member of the national team, which competes in events like the Paralympic Games and the world championships.
Past players on the development squad have included Luke Twizell, Ayaz Bhuta, Muhammad Islam, Paul McDerby, and Jonathan Coggan. At least five members of the current squad came up through the development system.
The national team is currently ranked fifth in the world. Great Britain finished fifth at the 2012 Summer Paralympics at the home hosted Games. Last year, the team finished fifth at the 2014 IWRF World Championships in Denmark after defeating the hosts 52 – 48 in the 5th/6th placement game.