The Sunday’s Well Rebels got their Mixed Ability Rugby World Tournament title defence off to a good start this afternoon in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
The Rebels, Ireland’s only mixed ability rugby team, beat English side, the Shropshire Stags, 29-5 in their first pool game.
James Mulcahy, Brian O’Leary, Conor Nagle, Mick Moynihan and Danny O’Regan each ran in a try with O’Regan adding the honours on two occasions.
The Rebels coach, former Munster Ladies player and next season’s player manager, Maeve D’Arcy says, “It was a team effort. The boys knew that the Stags were coming out to try and make a statement by beating the world champions. By working together, sticking to the fundamentals and playing our game, we didn’t let them.”
In mixed ability rugby, people with and without disabilities play together on the same team. Aside from a few small changes such as uncontested scrums and rolling substitutes, it’s the same as regular XVs rugby.