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It's rugby, only on wheels

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It was not the Valentine's Day present he was expecting. Nine year ago, on the day before Valentine's Day, Steve Servis was riding his sport bike.

He had had crashes before, once at 120 mph, and he had walked away unscathed. But on this day, fate was not on his side. He was traveling around 35 mph when he wiped out. From then on, he would be confined to live his life in a wheelchair.

Instead of self-pity, Servis found a new passion: Quad Rugby.

"It is a great way to bash other people. Let out some frustration," Servis told FOX 13.

Quad Rugby is rough. It was once known as "Murderball." Organizers changed the name because potential sponsors shied away over the violent perception of the name.

It certainly is an adrenaline rush. There are four disabled players on each team. They pass to one another while the other team tries to steal it, often crashing into each other's wheelchairs.

It is not uncommon for Somme's chair to end up on its side, on the floor.

This weekend, players will take part in the 22nd Annual Tampa International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament at the all People's Life Center on Sligh Avenue in Tampa.

The action runs through Sunday. Admission is free.

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