2016 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby Rio Qualifiers, Paris, France
The Stade Louis Lumiere in Paris was the last chance saloon for 6 teams to earn one of two places at the #Rio2016 #Paralympics later this year. Favorites for spot, and number 2 in the world - USA - didn't disappoint. A fierce battle over the remaining place in Rio ensued between hosts France and the ultimate rugby rivals - New Zealand. It was touch and go as France lost their first encounter with the Wheelblacks, but not even the most intimidating Haka on the return match in the semi-finals could quel the French as the commrades in arms took the match to the Kiwis and earned their place in Rio. A truly spectacular week of wheelchair rugby which drew in the crowds! Only one thing could top this....place on the podium for Les Bleus...watch this space.