Wales RL Wheelchair Head Coach and Development Officer, Steve Jones, is excited at the potential boost to the sport that the Cwpan Sialans Cadair Olwyn (Wheelchair Challenge Cup) will provide.
Acting as a curtain-raiser to the 2022 Peacock Cup, North Wales Crusaders will take on Torfaen Tigers in the inaugural fixture at Wrexham’s Glyndwr Sports Centre on Sunday 22nd May, with the two sides meeting for only the second ever time, with the winner to be named Cwpan Sialans champions.
Steve, who led Wales to a sixth successive Celtic Cup success less than two weeks ago, hopes the competition can be a springboard to bigger and better things for the wheelchair game in Wales, both domestically and on the international stage.
“It’s a competition I’ve been working hard on,” said Steve. “It’s only going to do the game in Wales some good.
“Unfortunately there are some teams who haven’t been able to attend this year, but they will see this as a great stepping stone. It’s only going to improve the way the game is perceived in Wales, as well.
“It won’t just be that we’re Welsh teams doing things in an English league, we’ll also have our own standalone Welsh competition. What it’s going to do domestically and the international team, I just can’t wait to see how it works.”
FULL PEACOCK CUP SCHEDULE – SUNDAY MAY 22
10:30am – Cwpan Sialans Cadair Olwyn – North Wales Crusaders v Torfaen Tigers
11:55–12:25 – Peacock Cup Game One – Rochdale Hornets v Sheffield Eagles
12:35–13:05 – Peacock Cup Game Two – Torfaen Tigers v North Wales Crusaders
13:15–13:45 – Peacock Cup Game Three – North Wales Crusaders v Rochdale Hornets
14:20–14:50 – Peacock Cup Game Four – Rochdale Hornets v Torfaen Tigers
15:00–15:30 – Peacock Cup Game Five – Torfaen Tigers v Sheffield Eagles
15:40–16:10 – Peacock Cup Game Six – North Wales Crusaders v Sheffield Eagles
16:20-17:05 – Final