Physical Disability Rugby League

PDRL is continuing to gain momentum in the UK, following the culmination of its first full league season in 2019. 

Rather fittingly, it was Warrington Wolves – who brought the game to the UK - who were crowned the inaugural PDRL league champions beating Wakefield Trinity in the Grand Final back in September at Selby. The 2019 season saw six teams compete with Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens and Wigan Warriors also featuring in addition to Warrington and Wakefield.

Warrington began the PDRL journey in August 2018 when they travelled to Australia to face the mighty South Sydney Rabbitohs in a historic PDRL World Club Challenge, with the Wolves bringing the trophy home.

The fixture was inspired by comedian – and PDRL player – Adam Hills who is an integral part of the Warrington side and had always wanted to play for South Sydney Rabbitohs. Hills is a big advocate for PDRL bringing a documentary named ‘Adam Hills: Take His Legs’to Channel 4 in 2019 which details Warrington’s trip Down Under. 

The 2019 PDRL season was played over a handful of ‘festival’ style events in which teams competed in round-robin competitions. 

PDRL Rules 

Nine-a-side teams, consisting of seven players with a physical disability and two able-bodied players who do not have physical disabilities.

Physical Disability Rugby League is a running format of Rugby League which involves both full contact and touch tackle options, for all players who have physical disabilities.

For further details, contact:

PDRL Chairman John Welch: john.welch@kingscourtgroup.co.uk.

RFL Head of Growth Marc Lovering: marc.lovering@rfl.uk.com.