Ones to watch for wheelchair rugby – WWR

Ones to watch for wheelchair rugby

Posted on 28 July 202116 August 2021 by admin

The world’s best wheelchair rugby players will take centre stage as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic competition is held at the Yoyogi National Stadium from 25-29 August. Check out who they are below or visit

Kae Kurahashi (JPN)

Kae Kurahashi was the first female player to represent Japan in wheelchair rugby and was a key member of the team which won Worlds gold for the first time in the nation’s history in 2018.

The addition of Kurahashi has been instrumental in Japan’s rise in wheelchair rugby. Kurahashi is essentially a free player on court as she is classified as 0.5 points, but counts as zero due to a 0.5 reduction for all female players.

She played a huge defensive role in the gold medal game against reigning world and Paralympic champions Australia at the 2018 World Championships in Sydney, when she shut down key player Chris Bond in the final moments as Japan scored a memorable 62-61 victory.


Yukinobu Ike (JPN)

As Japan’s key attacking option, Yukinobu Ike continues to get better with age. The 3.0-classified athlete causes plenty of headaches for opposition defences with his speed and reach.

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