With the backing of comedian Adam Hills, PDRL is gaining momentum in the UK.
Warrington Wolves, Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity are already on board and discussions are going well with other professional club foundations on launching PDRL sides, with the long-term vision to expand the competition to include more teams.
After discussions with parties in the southern hemisphere, where Physical Disability Rugby League is a fully fledged part of the community game, the Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation got the ball rolling on September 22 last year as Adam Hills pulled on a Warrington Wolves shirt with his new team mates in a demonstration of the game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
History made as @RugbyLeeds win 22-10 against @WWCLSFoundation in the UK’s first-ever Physical Disability Rugby League match!— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) February 4, 2018
Congratulations to everyone involved with @PDRLEngland on today’s success - huge things to come in 2018! pic.twitter.com/xKVUQscLBd
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.
Barrie McDermott and Adam Hills are part of the Management Group overseeing the development of PDRL, with the Group chaired by John Welch.
Preliminary discussions are underway about establishing an England PDRL side which could compete in a World Cup later this year, and as part of the 2021 tournament.
For further details, contact:
PDRL Chairman John Welch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RFL Head of Growth Marc Lovering: email@example.com.