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England Deaf Rugby complete clean sweep

UK Deaf Sport NewEngland Deaf Rugby squad complete a clean sweep over the New Zealand Deaf Blacks, in the first-ever international test series between the two nations. The home side, England beat New Zealand in three fiercely contested matches over two weeks.

On Saturday 4 November, England and New Zealand kicked off the opening test match at Blackheath Football Club in front of capacity crowd of around 1,100 people. Described as a thrilling encounter, England took the lead in the series with an impressive 36-27 win over the visitors.

On Wednesday 8 November, the series moved to Harlow Rugby Club where the two squads lined up for the second test. New Zealand dominated from the start, racking up two converted tries and a penalty in the first half. England left the field at halftime down 0-15, and it looked like an impossible task for them to turn the game around. After a few words in the dressing room, England were back out early with a point to prove.

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Source: UK Deaf Sport

Hearing issue can’t stop local martial arts athlete

By Tanna Yeoumans

BONNERS FERRY — All athletes strive to be their best at what they do. They utilize their senses and training to overcome obstacles in order to reach their targets. With everyone being different, each athlete has their own personal mountain to climb.

Ian Stone has been practicing martial arts most of his life, and upon moving to Boundary County, he was introduced to Bonners Ferry Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and owner and coach Sam Brown. The hurdle that Stone needed to conquer in order to accomplish his ambition was a predicament he was born with — he is hearing impaired.

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Source: Bonners Ferry Herald

England Deaf Rugby takes 2-0 lead over New Zealand Deaf Rugby

England Deaf Rugby UnionThe tour now builds for the 3rd and final Test at Barking Rugby Club, Kick Off 3pm on Sunday 12th November.

The 2nd Test was another quality game, with a capacity crowd at the brand new Harlow Rugby Club.

From the start New Zealand dominated, racking up three tries, together with kicking a conversion and penalty, to no response from England, who had less domination in the Scrum, whilst the Kiwis this time competed well in the Lineouts.
The Deaf Blacks left the field at half time with 20 points to nil, which included the early loss to injury of the England Scrum Half and Vice Captain, Danny Rowland, and it looked an impossible task for England to turn the game around after such a poor performance.

However, whether it was words in the dressing room or just personal pride that fired up the team, suddenly England came out onto the field after less than 3 minutes break, they looked to be gagging at the bit for the restart, perhaps to the surprise of the Kiwis, England meant business.

In a spirited and thrilling second half performance, England really did take the game in both hands and started piling on the points, with the New Zealanders unable to respond with a score, England pulled back the game to trail 20-15 with two tries, a conversion, and a penalty, when suddenly the game seemed to go sideways for England, the Assistant Referee spotted foul play, and England Captain Luke Cheyne left the field for ten minutes in the sin bin, and England was reduced to 14 men for most of the last 15 minutes.

Southern Hemisphere hopes of a 2nd Test Win were raised, but despite the Leadership being absent from the field, the England players responded, the backs seemed to play with more fluidity, and with just minutes to go, England went over for a third try to equal the score, and the final conversion was kicked, and within the dying seconds of the game, managing to gain possession and hold on to secure the win.

The seemingly impossible task was completed, and England took the final whistle leading 22-20, a magnificent come back against all odds.

England are now Series Winners, leading 2-0, but the Deaf Blacks still plan to spoil the party and take the 3rd Test.

If the first two Tests are any indication, there's still a lot of good rugby to be played next Sunday afternoon.

Reprinted from England Rugby Deaf Facebook Page -

Iran's Taekwondokas Nominated as Best 2017 Athletes

Iran FlagTEHRAN (Fars) - The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) has named two Iranian athletes Nasibe Shahbazi and Sajjad Pirayqarchaman as nominees for the 2017 best deaf player.

"ICSD has listed names of 11 male and 15 female world athletes among whom are an Iranian taekwondoka and a discus thrower," Iran Deaf Sports Federation announced.

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Source: Kayhan

England Deaf name a squad of 23 for the 1st test against NZ Deaf

England Deaf Rugby UnionThe first test match will be played at Blackheath RFC on Saturday 4th November 2017

England Deaf coaching team have selected a mix of experience and youth for the 1st test match. The players ages range from 19 to 46 including four new caps.

The selection process has been a difficult period for the coaching team with the England Deaf squad growing consistently over the past few years.

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Source: England Deaf Rugby

Inspirational teen receives parliamentary invite

UK Deaf Sport NewIT IS not every day that a teenager from Dewsbury receives a parliamentary invite to the House of Lords, but Jodie Ounsley has already proved that she is no ordinary teenager.

Born prematurely, Jodie faced a battle to survive, with the antibiotics used to treat her causing profound deafness in both ears.

Thornhill-based Jodie was also fitted with a cochlear implant shortly after her first birthday.

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Source: The Press


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