South Wales Pirates, Wales’ first wheelchair rugby team, is to get a new name and look for 2015 afte
The new partnership will see the team rebranded as Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby and playing and training in officially branded BLK kit featuring a newly updated version of the famous Ospreys mask.
The team is made up of largely from players and coaches who have previously represented the Pirates, originally established in 1989, and will compete initially in Division 2 of the GB Super Series, doing battle against teams from across the UK.
Paul Jenkins, Head Coach of Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby, said:
"Having coached the South Wales Pirates through some great times I am looking forward to taking the Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby team through their development, hopefully attracting some new up and coming potential GB players to take up this fantastic sport. The team will take the place of the Pirates in the second division of the Super Series for the rest of the season with the hope of progressing into division one next season."
The launch of the Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby team comes at a strategic time, the start of a year in which the UK hosts the World Wheelchair Rugby Cup, running alongside the able-bodied Rugby World Cup.
Currently one of the Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby players is in the GB development squad for the tournament and the hope is that the newly formed Ospreys team will, in time, produce as many international players as does the Ospreys able-bodied team.