Licensee of the Plantation Hotel, Harry Barry, with NSW wheelchair rugby player, Ben Newton. Photo: CHRISRIX05110832A
Licensee of the Plantation Hotel, Harry Barry, with NSW wheelchair rugby player, Ben Newton. Photo: CHRISRIX05110832A

Ben to take on Queensland in wheelchair rugby tournament



WHEN players and fans refer to wheelchair rugby as 'murderball', they aren't creating fairytales.

A State of Origin wheeelchair rugby tournament will be held in Coffs Harbour from Friday to Sunday when New South Wales enters into battle with Queensland at Coffs Harbour PCYC in Bray Street.

Ben Newton, now completing his HSC exams will be our only local representative for the Blues.

"Things can get every bit as rowdy as the name suggests," Ben admitted.

"But it's an unbelievable game to play."

Wheelchair rugby has attracted it's critics.

So much so that Mark Zupan, star of a recent documentary on the sport went to great pains to play down the 'murderball' aspect on a recent visit to Australia.

"I have the video with me," Newton said.

"The game is more exciting than anything else but I have to admit we do tend to tear the court up a bit."

The Coffs origin clash will be the first time national league games have been held outside an Australian capital city and entry to the public is free.



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