Allstars trio set for MARI exhibition match


Three members of Dragons ALLSTARS - our successful mixed ability provision – are preparing to represent the first-ever Mixed Ability Rugby Invitational Club (MARIs) in December.

Gareth Sullivan, Connor Rice and Gary Thomas have been named in the squad to face Llanelli Warriors at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday, December 4. Dragons Community Coach Karen Burgess will also be supporting the team as physio. 

Established in 2021, the MARIs were created to bring players and coaches together from around the world to form rugby’s first mixed ability invitational team and play exhibition matches.

The game was originally due to take place in July but has now rescheduled due to the pandemic and the squad announced.

Players from 16 clubs and seven countries will be represented and the game is being played to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Llanelli Warriors.

Regular fixtures for the MARIs will now be arranged around the globe as restrictions allow.

The Dragons ALLSTARS – sponsored by New York Welsh - consists of both a male and female mixed ability rugby team.

The provision was established to provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled players to play contact or non-contact rugby together.

All abilities are welcome as training sessions and games are tailored and conditioned to suit everyone’s needs and abilities.

For more information on the Dragons ALLSTARS click HERE

Mari Squad 2021: Al Crawford, Andrew Nicholls, Ashan Sakander (VC), Cellan Davies, Connor Rice, David Izquierdo, David Vynke, Dion Mitchell-Lewis (C), Gareth Lewis, Gary Thomas, Harri Dineen, Mark Goodwin, Martino Corazza, Oier Barruso, Oliver Reviriego Sierra, Phil Wilson, Tom Wilson, Ben Winstanley, Dylan Rees, Emile Van Hove, Gareth Sullivan, Jamie Evans, Jez Wilson, Leon Taylor, Michael Whitaker, Mikey Hawkes, Owain Lewis, Rich Griffiths, Sam Prowse, TomMcNee

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