New Zealand

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The New Zealand Wheelblacks are known for two things: their version of the “Haka” and upsetting top teams. The Wheelblacks captured the gold at the 2004 Paralympics, beating both the USA and the Canadians, and went on to win silver at the 2006 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships. Though they're currently ranked 5th, no team is taking them lightly.

Team Highlights

1995: 3rd – World Championships, Nottwill, SWI
1996: 2nd – Paralympics, Atlanta, USA
1998: 2nd – World Championships, Toronto, CAN
2000: 3rd – Paralympics, Sydney, AUS
2002: 6th – World Championships, Gothenberg, SWE
2004: 1st - Paralympics, Athens, GRE
2006: 2nd – World Championships, Christchurch, NZL
2008: 5th – Paralympics, Beijing, CHN

Game Schedule and Results

Game Court Date Teams Results Stats
Game 4 2 Sep. 21, 12:00 pm NZL vs ARG NZL 62 - ARG 18 Download
Game 11 1 Sep. 22, 5:00 pm BEL vs NZL BEL 53 - NZL 45 Download
Game 15 1 Sep. 23, 9:30 am NZL vs POL NZL 43 - POL 45 Download
Game 19 1 Sep. 23, 5:00 pm AUS vs NZL AUS 53 - NZL 43 Download
Game 24 2 Sep. 24, 9:30 am NZL vs JPN NZL 47 - JPN 56 Download
Game 32 2 Sep. 25, 10:00 am NZL vs FIN NZL 52 - FIN 51 Download
Game 37 1 Sep. 25, 4:00 pm GER vs NZL GER 44 - NZL 50 Download

Team Roster

Dan Buckingham

Dan Buckingham
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29
3.0
Invercargill, NZ
Auckland, NZ
2000
He is a researcher and reporter for a TV show.

Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson
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34
2.0
Christchurch, NZ
Auckland, NZ
1997
He once fell out of a moving vehicle traveling at 40 km/hour!

David Klinkhamer

David Klinkhamer
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27
1.5
Hamilton, NZ
Hamilton, NZ
2005
He has three cats.

Chris Lay

Chris Lay
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27
1.5
Wellington, NZ
Greytown, NZ
2009
His hobbies are dairy farming, hunting and fishing.

Nafi Lefono

Nafi Lefono
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24
2.0
South Auckland, NZ
North Shore, NZ
2010
He is studying physiotherapy.

Cameron Leslie

Cameron Leslie
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20
3.0
Whangarei, NZ
Auckland, NZ
2009
He won gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics in swimming and set a world record.

Curtis Palmer

Curtis Palmer
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33
2.5
Auckland, NZ
Auckland, NZ
1996
He is a reporter and researcher for a TV show called "Attitude TV."

Gavin Rolton

Gavin Rolton
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27
1.0
Paraparaumu, NZ
Paraparaumu, NZ
2010
He enjoys handcycling, poker and watching rugby.

Sholto Taylor

Sholto Taylor
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37
2.0
Hastings, NZ
Christchurch, NZ
1993
He has three teenaged children.

Jai Waite

Jai Waite
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34
1.0
Okato, NZ
Auckland, NZ
2003
He works as a TV editor.