Canada wheelchair rugby squad rolled in close games at Canada Cup

Canada's wheelchair rugby team is getting tired of being on the wrong end of exciting, down-to-the-wire games at the Canada Cup.

Canada lost 44-42 to defending champion Canada Cup Japan on Saturday morning, then lost 52-51 to reigning Paralympic champions Great Britain in the evening match at Richmond Olympic Oval.

Fifth-ranked Canada, preparing for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games, opened the six-team international tournament on Thursday morning with a 58-54 win over reigning world champion Australia. Later that evening the hosts lost 53-51 to the top ranked United States Eagles.

On Friday, Canada dropped a 53-46 decision to two-time European champion France, then dropped two more close games on Saturday.

The medal games, including the gold final, will be played Sunday.

THROW-INS: France squeaked past Great Britain 46-45 on Saturday, then Great Britain bounced back in the later game to clip the U.S. 57-55.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 8, 2024.

The Canadian Press