From Aviva Stadium to Thomond in a wheelchair

Felix Jones
Felix Jones

Munster and Ireland player Felix Jones is one of four current and former rugby stars to take on the challenge of getting from the Aviva Stadium to Thomond Park Stadium in a wheelchair.

Jones has been involved with spinal injury charities since his own close call in 2009 when a neck injury at Thomond Park almost ended his playing career.

The challenge accepted by Jones, Jamie Heaslip, Stephen Byrne and David Wallace sees them try to travel between the two stadia using public transport in a wheelchair.

Heaslip has also been through the worry of a spinal injury in the most recent Six Nations when he was hit in the back and fractured a number of vertebrae.

In a preview of the documentary, due to air tonight on TV3 at 10:30pm,  Heaslip learns why he’s seen wheelchair users on the road instead on a footpath.

One of the organisations involved in arranging the challenge and the filming, GoAccessible365 responded to a query from a follower asking about how realistic the experiences of the rugby players really was:

“We wanted the experience to be as real as possible for the players so we did have hidden cameras for the most part and filmed from far away for sections. I think the dart guys copped on with Jamie Heaslip and had someone waiting with a ramp when he arrived to get off but that was out of our hands. Just so you know it was done as true to real life as we could get.”

 


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