31st January 2018, 11:15 | pdrl
Physical Disability Rugby League is set for a major year in 2018 as new teams begin to prepare for action.
Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos are already on board and plan to compete in three games during the 2018 season, with the UK's first-ever Physical Disability Rugby League match set to take place this Sunday in Warrington.
Discussions are progressing 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 modified game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Our open try outs for @leedsrhinos new PDRL team took place this morning with support from @ashtongolding1 and @JordanLilley6 who took the guys through some tackle techniques pic.twitter.com/G3LbfnGOrk— Rhinos Foundation (@RugbyLeeds) January 13, 2018
They have since held a trial to help select their first-ever squad while Leeds Rhinos, with backing from club legend and Sky Sports pundit Barrie McDermott, have hosted training sessions led by current first team stars.
Each squad will consist of 13 players with each team permitted nine players.
The nine players on each team will consist of seven players with a physical disability and two able-bodied players who do not have physical disabilities.
It 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 potentially competing in a World Cup later this year, and as part of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.
For further details contact -
PDRL Chairman John Welch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RFL Head of Growth Marc Lovering: email@example.com.