Seb Bechara is ready to help England’s wheelchair users to glory – while attracting new fans of the sport

SEB BECHARA is hoping to blow his own trumpet by inspiring England to win the world championship – after upsetting some of his bandmates by ducking out of key concerts to play rugby.

However, at the top of his priority list is lifting the trophy while also opening many people’s eyes to the brutality of the wheelchair rugby league, just like he did with his girlfriend.

Seb Bechara believes that this Wheelchair World Championships can attract many new fans to the sport

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Seb Bechara believes that this Wheelchair World Championships can attract many new fans to the sportPhoto credit: SWPIX.COM

The Nottingham-born England star expects plenty of banter as he has lived in the south of France since he was 10 and many of his Catalans Dragons club-mates are based in the adopted country, believed to be favorites to win.

However, the competitive advantage is not weakened when the sport reaches the next level. Put simply, this is a rugby league but the players are in wheelchairs – the shots are so fierce, the action so intense.

And musician Bechara hopes to garner many new fans of the discipline during a bid for the trophy, just as he did when his other half first saw it.

He said: “When my girlfriend first saw the wheelchair rugby league I was playing at a lower club in France.

“Their second was a friendly between England and France last year. She said, ‘Wow, this isn’t the same sport at all. It’s incredible.’

“Club games just don’t have that impact – they don’t have that many hits. At international level, things can get brutal between teams.

“Chairs slam into each other with such speed, force and impact. It’s just a different sport.

“Away from rugby, I play trumpet professionally with a traditional Catalan orchestra and my summer has been packed with events with them, but in rugby I’ve had to miss a few.

“The Chief wasn’t happy when I told him!”

Bechara lost the lower half of his right leg in a motorcycle accident in July 2012 at the age of 18, but after adjusting to life with a prosthetic leg, he’s back in the saddle.

He is now a key wheel of coach Tom Coyd’s side who begin their quest for glory against Australia tonight as wheelchair play reaches a new level in Britain – but beating the Australians will be one thing. Overthrowing the French is another.

Bechara, who lives in France, knows they are the team to beat

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Bechara, who lives in France, knows they are the team to beatPhoto credit: SWPIX.COM

Bechara, who lives in France, believes that their superiority in this sport is because they have many handball courts and facilities, the court is the same size.

The 28-year-old added while playing at London’s Copperbox: “France is to the wheelchair game what Australia is to the men’s running game – they won the World Cups in 2013 and 2017 and have always been a dominant force.

“They are the team that is so difficult to beat. There’s a tougher championship in France and handball, which has a pitch the same size as ours is huge, while teams in England have played on smaller ones.

“The games there attract a few hundred people, which increases the pressure. Because venues are so small in England you get 10 or 20 on the sidelines.

“So you’re not usually used to the noise in big games. For the French, it’s something they do every week, but I’ve noticed that the level of the England team has gone up massively.”

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