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World Championship draw announced

Australia challenge New Zealand for the ball
Australia challenge New Zealand for the ball
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The Wheelchair Rugby World Championship continues to get closer and on Tuesday IWRF released the schedule of games for the tournament in August in Odense, Denmark.

The schedule is well planned, opening with Denmark and some of the less anticipated matches, while also having Denmark play the bigger teams in their pool early, enabling the organizers to generate hype; before the pool stages close out with some big match-ups on the Friday.

The tournament opens with the traditional first match fir the hosts as Denmark will open the tournament with a match against Belgium before New Zealand and France get started on the second court to close out the opening day of competition.

There will be seven matches on Tuesday with Denmark taking on one of the tournament favourites, Canada, at lunch time, before the burgeoning Great Britain/Australia rivalry carries on at 3pm.

Day two will be a big day for another of the tournament favourites, USA, as they deal with a double match day, taking on France in the morning and New Zealand in the evening. Japan will also play twice, as they face Germany to open the day on court one and close out court two’s play with a tough match against Sweden.

Day three will be a big day for another favourite, Australia, as they open with a match against Belgium before closing out the day on Court 2 with a match against the hosts, that is sure to be hotly contested and anticipated by the fans.

Finland may not be too pleased with their draw for Wednesday as they will be forced to play two of the bigger teams in the sport as they face the rising British team and perennial contenders Canada in the opening and closing games of the day.

Thursday sees Britain forced to play twice in a day that could define their tournament as they take on Canada in the opening game and the hosts Denmark in the last game on court two for the day, while Canada will also back up from that opening game and take on Belgium in the final game of the Thursday.

Friday will see some big match-ups as both medal matches from the London Paralympics will be replayed in the final day of pool play beginning with the first match on Court 2 as the Bronze Medal match is replayed with Japan playing the USA.

At the, surprisingly tame, time-slot of 12:30 the London 2012 Gold Medal match will be replayed, as Canada looks to exact some revenge for their defeats in both London and the Canada Cup finals as they take on Australia, in a match up that could well decide who tops the group.

Saturday sees the beginning of the classification matches opening with the lowest team in each pool playing the second lowest team in the other pool, the losers of that match will fight off in the final match of the day in the 11th place playoff while the winners will play for 9th ahead of that match-up.

Following the 5th and 6th placed teams in each group third and fourth will play off, with the final classification for seventh and fifth taking place on Sunday morning.

The Semi-Finals will take place in the afternoon with first from one pool playing second from the other before finals day on Sunday, with the Championship being decided at 4pm on August 10th.

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