Rugby League

Wheelchair Rugby League

Wheelchair Rugby League is the most inclusive and accessible variant of Rugby League for all abilities. It is the only Rugby League offer that is wholly inclusive and teams feature wheelchair athletes and non-disabled players.

  • Clubs have been set up to improve the physical well-being of players who can’t participate in the running game.
  • The game is quite unique in that it offers both disabled and non-disabled players the opportunity to compete both with and against each other.
  • No matter what gender or age all players compete on a level playing field which is created by the use of wheelchairs and some slight adaptations of the rules of Rugby League.
Wheelchair Rugby League at WheelPower Wiltshire Sports Festival

A brief overview of the game includes:

  • There are five players on each side
  • The object of the game is to score tries
  • Conversions are scored by kicking, via a volleyball style punch, the ball over the mini-posts from a tee
  • Tackles are made in the same way as Tag Rugby by pulling off the attached tag
  • Six tackles is the maximum, often followed by a kick (punch) and a change of possession
  • Offside, knock-on and in-touch apply just like in the running version of the game
  • Everything in the running game is included, apart from scrums, 10 metres become 4 metres, we play for 80 minutes and are immediately recognisable and faithful to the laws of Rugby League

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There are currently 24 Wheelchair Rugby League Clubs in the United Kingdom.

Training takes place at a community or foundation club level. Competitions regularly take place in a festival environment including multiple short games in one venue.  Players can continue at a community level, play in national leagues, or aspire to play at a representative level. This would involve a higher-level competitive playing opportunity with fixtures several times every year.

Please use the Rugby League Club Finder tool to find your nearest club

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Inspired by the England Wheelchair Rugby League team’s amazing performances at the World Cup? … Fancy having a go at the sport that everyone’s talking about? … then check out some of the many taster sessions this Winter:

  • Rochdale Hornets are holding a Wheelchair Rugby League taster session on Tuesday 13th December (7:00-8:00pm). To find out more please email
  • Halifax Panthers are hosting taster sessions every Monday evening at 7pm Calderdale College. For more information please email
  • Bradford Bulls RLFC’s next taster session takes place on 7th December. If you are interested, email
  • Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation train on Tuesdays at 8pm at Cardinal Newman High School, WA4 1RX. For all ages and abilities. Contact them directly at 
  • The Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club will be hosting a series of Wheelchair Rugby League Come and Try sessions this December. The next sessions take place on Wednesday 7 December 6 to 8pm and Saturday 10 December 11am to 1pm. Drop them a message via social media or email at
  • In 2023 the Salford Red Devils Foundation will be starting up its very first wheelchair team! To show your interest and hear the latest information about training please complete an online form HERE … Find out more about the opportunities available to play wheelchair rugby league at the Salford Red Devils on their website

In 2022, for the first time, the wheelchair competition was part of the Rugby League World Cup main event. Wheelchair rugby league is genuinely the most inclusive sport of all – not solely a disability sport, as non-disabled people are welcome to compete as well, and both men and women, all ages, can play in the same team.

The Rugby League Wheelchair World Cup 2022 was contested by eight teams from 3-18 November 2022, with games taking place at the famous Copper Box Arena in London, The English Institute of Sport in Sheffield and the final, won by England, 28-24 versus France at Manchester Central.

Congratulations to the 2021 Wheelchair Rugby League World Champions, ENGLAND! 

World Rugby League Champions team photo

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