The USA National Rugby Team is gearing up to compete in the Zonal International Competition October 28 – November 1 in Argentina. Brent Poppen, the USA Team Captain has offered to blog his trip to keep the wheelchair sports fans in the ROHO Community up to speed on all the action.
This will be Brent Poppen’s first major international rugby tournament since he left the game in 2005 to play wheelchair tennis in the Beijing Paralympics. Poppen competed in the 2004 Paralympics in Athens Greece in rugby, then played wheelchair tennis in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. He decided his real love was rugby and is back to kick butt against their Canadian rivals. He hopes to keep the USA ranked #1 in the world in Quad Rugby.
Poppen had always planned on an athletic career, but a wrestling accident in college gave him a spinal cord injury, making him an incomplete quadriplegic. He retained some function in all four extremities. Being a competitor at heart, he turned his focus to wheelchair tennis and rugby and never looked back. He also teaches disabled wakeboarding, substitute teaches grades 2 – 8 and does motivational speaking.
The USA Quad Rugby Team is meeting in Alabama October 8 – 12 for their final practice and training together before heading to Argentina. Bookmark this page and come back often to follow the action!