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Travis Murao: Home Court Advantage

As we're heading into the home stretch of our preparations for the World Championships a lot of friends and family have asked about the "home court advantage" factor. They wonder if it will add more pressure, or pump us up to perform even better.

Travis Murao: What to Expect From the Teams at the 2010WWRC - The Final Chapter: Belgium and the USA

In our final edition of our series, we will look at Belgium and the top-ranked USA!

Belgium is a veteran team with a core of seasoned rugby players who have seen a lot of international action. As such, they can be a difficult team to play, especially if you get off to a slow start.

Some players to watch are:

Travis Murao: What to Expect From the Teams at the 2010WWRC Part 4: New Zealand and Australia

In this special, double-edition of our series we'll travel to the southern hemisphere to take a look at Australia and New Zealand!

Australia is currently the #2-ranked team in the world for good reason. They have arguably the best player in the game today on their roster and Coach Brad Dubberley always has them ready to perform at their best. Look for Australia to keep the ball on the ground in Ryley Batt's hands.

Travis Murao: What to Expect from the Teams at the 2010WWRC Part Trois: Japan

This edition of our series focuses on one of the speediest teams in the world. . .Japan! They are currently ranked #7 overall and have given many of the top teams in the world some close games. Japan is a good dark-horse pick to knock off one of the top-seeded teams to get a medal.

Some players to watch are:

Travis Murao: What to Expect From the Teams at the 2010WWRC Part Deux: Sweden

We will continue our journey of discovery with the #6-ranked team in the world, team Sweden. The Swedes are an up-and-coming team with a lot of relatively new faces to the international wheelchair rugby scene. They are characterized by their high-functioning and speedy high-pointers and they have been constantly improving under the tutelage of Bocci sensation Marco Dispaltro.

Some players to watch are:

Travis Murao: What to Expect From the Teams at the 2010WWRC Part 1: Great Britain

Well, we are halfway into our July training camp and things are as intense as usual with Team Canada. With September approaching, our excitement is palpable and the intensity of camp has risen another notch. I think now is a good time to review the teams coming to Worlds, so let's start the first portion of my new series:

Travis Murao: Canada Cup

Well, the Canada Cup has come and gone with another second place finish for us. I know the level of competition was quite high but I can't help feel disappointed in the result. At the same time, it is somewhat heartening to know that we are right there and more than capable of coming out on top.

This year's Canada Cup saw the emergence of a new impact player on the international scene (Daisuke Ikezaki from Japan) and the reclassification of veteran players Troye Collins (GB) and Steve Porter (AUS).

Travis Murao: Preparing for the Canada Cup

The last month has gone by in a blur! The USQRA National Championship was an exciting and hard-fought affair where the University of Arizona finished a disappointing third after battling the San Diego Sharp (the eventual winners) to a heartbreaking double overtime loss. Some much deserved props go out to Ian Chan's Portland Pounders who finished second (we'll get you next year!).

Travis Murao: Losing a Big One

Travis Murao: Preparing for the Vancouver Invitational

We're excited to announce a new guest blogger: Canadian national-team member Travis Murao. In his first blog post, Travis discusses his preparation for the upcoming Vancouver Invitational, which will run from March 26th to 28th in Burnaby, BC. Admission is free and participants who join the Facebook group "B.C. Wheelchair Sports Booster Club" will receive free pizza during half-time of the 11 a.m. game on Saturday. Not in BC? The games will also be webcast live here. Come cheer on Travis and all the other great athletes!

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