Tom Halliwell, the captain of England’s Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup team, felt the brute force of an opponent from Australia in their first match of the competition. This match was between England and Australia.
During the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup, a star player from England found themselves on the receiving end of a vicious challenge.
Tom Halliwell, the team’s skipper, was knocked to the ground during the opening match of the competition after being clattered by Bayley McKenna of Australia. This caused him to fly forward and land on his back. “Oh wow, that was the most impressive shot of the night! Halliwell was jolted awake and leapt from his seat! Massive collision!,” the commentators yelled in surprise. “Holy cow, take a look at that! Bayley McKenna has once again found herself in the middle of the action.
Thankfully, he didn’t suffer any injuries, and the leader of the team was able to keep going and guide his side to a victory over Australia by a score of 38-8. Jack Brown, who was awarded the trophy for Most Valuable Player, stole the show at Copper Box Arena with a brace of tries during an all-action performance. Joe Coyd and Nathan Collins also helped themselves to double-try efforts during the game.
Collins produced 16 points in total, and Lewis King was the other try scorer for Tom Coyd’s side, which had watched Ireland and Spain produce an entertaining match to get the tournament started earlier today. Ireland and Spain’s match was the first match of the tournament. Both the current champions, France, and the 2008 champions, England, who were both eliminated in the finals twice, are considered to be the favorites to win the competition.
Although Halliwell only played for a total of 56 minutes in the previous World Cup, he has since established himself as a reliable member of the team and even assumed the role of captain for the first time in June. Ahead of the competition, Halliwell expressed his belief that the World Cup provides the sport with a significant opportunity on the world’s most prominent stage. According to what he said to BBC Sport, “To be on a level platform is massive for us.”
“Winning the tournament would be a tremendous accomplishment, but the more important thing is leaving a legacy for the subsequent generation. Simply put, our goal is to increase participation in the sport on both the playing and the supporting fronts, and this presents the ideal opportunity to do so.
Since the previous World Cup in 2017, wheelchair rugby league has experienced significant growth. When we got there, we had to pay our own way, so to be where we are now is incredible, and we can’t wait to get started. Back then, we had to pay our own way to get there. After breaking his leg, Halliwell reached out to the Leeds Rhinos wheelchair set up. He loved playing in the wheelchair so much that he never returned to what he refers to as “the running game.” Halliwell has been a devoted fan of rugby league throughout his entire life.
Halliwell is most excited about the opportunity to continue developing and constructing something unique now that the tournament has begun. This is the opportunity he has been waiting for. He stated that he believes the most important objective for the team this year is to establish a legacy. It goes without saying that we want to win the World Cup, but we also want to leave a lasting legacy after this competition and encourage a greater number of both disabled and able-bodied athletes to participate in the sport, he explained.
“In all honesty, we have the impression that the following generation is going to be the one that pushes the sport forward to even greater heights. Simply put, our goal is to create an environment in which they will feel comfortable contributing to the development of the sport at the next level.
“The game is bigger than us, and it has given a lot to us players. The game has given us a lot.” Simply put, we want to give something back to the sport, and I believe that this is the way that we will be able to do it most effectively. By leaving a legacy and providing a platform for disabled people and even able-bodied people to participate in sports, we will be able to give back to the game. That is the most important thing for us to accomplish this year.