Faulkner Starts for England Deaf

North Midlands RFU

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2015 04:09pm
Uffington, Shropshire
By Paul Bolton
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Shrewsbury wing Adam Faulkner has been included in England Deaf’s starting line-up for their first meeting with Italy in Treviso on Saturday October 31.

Faulkner is a seasoned campaigner for England Deaf and played in both of their defeats by Wales last season at Cardiff and Moseley.

He was then playing for Oswestry but has since joined Shrewsbury and will bring further international recognition to Shropshire when he lines up in Saturday’s historic fixture.

The England Deaf Rugby Union was formed in 2003 to provide opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing rugby players to play for their country.

Players are eligible to play for England Deaf and the England Deaf Rugby Union for Women if they have a combined hearing loss of 25db or more in both ears. This roughly translates to a minimum hearing loss in both ears or a moderate hearing loss in one ear but with normal hearing in the other.

Not all of the players wear hearing aids or only communicate by sign language and this has never stopped all the players communicating and playing rugby as a squad.

EDRU offers Deaf Awareness advice to clubs and schools to help integrate deaf and hard of hearing players.


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