Wheelchair rugby development is continuing in Spain, as the sport picks up popularity in Barcelona. The BUC Quad Rugby club has played a big role improving the quality of play and generating interest in the sport.
This past weekend, BUC Quad Rugby went to a tournament in Toulouse, France, and came away victorious with a first place finish. The tournament was designed for new teams, and intended to provided development opportunities for regional clubs. They started group play in the tournament with three wins, beating Grenoble 22 – 10, defeating Toulon 23 – 20, and taking down hosts local Toulouse 19 – 16.
BUC Quad Rugby lost their final match of group play 17 – 24 when they met Montepllier. The result did not impact the team, as they had already qualified for the final based on their earlier results. This set the stage for them to play Revenga. BUC Quad Rugby won the closely fought match that ended 19 – 17 and were proclaimed event champions.
Spain currently lacks a national team, and it not ranked on the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation’s list. Federación Española de Deports con Discapacidad Física is affiliated with the international federation, and is planning to eventually field a team.