Warriors Hugby players selected for Japan tour

Two Worcester Warriors Hugby players have been selected to tour Japan with the Change Foundation’s England team in October.

Christopher Styles and Matthew Lancett have played the sport for over 12 months and have previously toured around several European countries with the Warriors Community Foundation.

Chris suffers from degenerative sight loss and previously played Hockey, while Matt suffered a stroke which took his left vision.

Hugby is a totally inclusive form of Visually Impaired Rugby where players with any sight loss can play a mild contact version of Rugby, where a hug tackle replaces a conventional one.

The game still involved scrums, lineouts and mauls, with each side having eight tackles before the ball is turned over.

Head of the Warriors Community Foundation, Carol Hart, was delighted to see Chris and Matt called up for the plane to Japan.

“It’s a fantastic to see two of our players being rewarded for all the hard work they put in at training each week with the Foundation Hugby Team, long may it continue,” she said.

Although they will be playing for the Change Foundation in Japan, both players will still be representing Warriors.

The new season of Hugby sessions at Warriors will start on Tuesday October 1 at Sixways and will run every Tuesday night from 6pm until 7.30pm.

Warriors’ Hugby is for any age group, with the club also working with various partners to promote the game and offer transition opportunities to play for the Change Foundation, who play a touch version of rugby for people with visual impairments.

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