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10 July 2015

Collin believes Sweden has enough depth and quality for European title

2.5 Andreas Collin (#14) looks to setup a play

By Lauri Jaakkola at www.wrec2015.fi


Sweden is the reigning European Champion in wheelchair rugby. Actually, they have won two previous championships.


Although they have slipped to third best in Europe (behind Great Britain and Denmark) following last year's World Championship, Sweden is definitely one of the strong favorites to reach the European title again.


The IWRF 2015 European Championship will be held from 13th to 20th September in Pajulahti, Finland, and will feature the top 8 nations in Europe.


– Our aim is to qualify for Rio, says Andreas Collin who plays for Team Sweden.


Reaching the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil requires finishing in the top two at the European Championship. At first Sweden needs to make sure they finish in top two of their pool which is filled with quality teams: Great Britain, France and Belgium.


– It doesn’t matter who we play against. We see every opponent as a tough match, says Collin when asked about their tough luck in the pool draw.


– Team Sweden is a very strong team. Anything can happen on court, but I believe we have the depth and quality in the team to win, he continues.


The Wheelchair Rugby European Championship has been held nine times and only once – 2003 in Belgium – has Sweden slipped out of the medals. With four European titles they are the most successful country on the continent. As always, the Swedish team has many World class players in their squad.


– If I have to choose a player to watch from our team, I would say Tomas Hjert. But we are a team so I don’t like to point out specific players, Collin tells.


For more information on the IWRF 2015 European Championship please visit www.wrec2015.fi