The NZ Wheelchair Rugby elite team, the Wheel Blacks, are readying for the Asia Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championship competing against the nation ranked number one - Australia. The first game between NZ Wheel Blacks and Australia begins immediately after the opening ceremony on Sunday the 27th of August at 6.30pm.

The wheelchair rugby battles between New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Korea will establish who gains a placing to compete in the World Wheelchair Rugby Championship next year.

Read about Wheel Black player, Maia, and her experience in the wheelchair rugby world here.

The Wheel Blacks team consists of these dedicated players, volunteer leaders and volunteer supports.


Gavin Rolton - Captain                                    Robert Hewitt - Vice Captain

Cameron Leslie                                                Cody Everson

Hayden Barton-Cootes                                    Maia Amai

Tyler Jennings                                                  Tyler Jennings

Clayton Utia

Leads & Supports

Andy Chittock - Head Coach                           Sacha Wright - Team Manager

Zuzana Vuculova - Team Support                   Greg Mitchell - Equipment & Support