European Wheelchair Rugby Championship Draw set

The French Wheelchair Rugby team (Photo OIS)

The European Wheelchair Rugby Championship schedule has been revealed with the teams due to arrive to compete in Koblenz in ten days.

As is traditional the hosts will close play in every day of competition which begins on the 24th of June. Sweden and France will start the tournament with one of the best matches of the group stages followed by Ireland against Denmark, Great Britain taking on Poland before Germany and Finland close the opening day of play.

The first match on Wednesday is the first derby of the tournament as Great Britain will take on their neighbours, Ireland, in what should be a thrilling match. France will play Finland, Poland and Denmark face off before a big match of Germany against Sweden completes the day.

The final day of group play will be capped with one of the biggest matches in the group stages as Germany takes on France in the last match before the classification rounds. The day opens with Ireland playing Poland, followed by a Sweden and Finland Scandinavian derby with Denmark against Great Britain as the other match.

Friday will see the classification semi-finals with a championship bracket and a fifth place bracket to decide the line ups for the classification matches on Saturday. From each group first will play second and third will play fourth to determine the classification matches.

The finals will all take place on July 1st going in order from 7th, 5th, 3rd place playoffs before the championship game at the end of the day.

Those classification matches will be important, with the top four all qualifying for the World Championships next year. The remaining teams will have a chance at a qualifying tournament for the World Championships but those berths will be based on the world rankings, with classification mattering greatly.

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