Wheelchair rugby league is a wheelchair-based version of rugby league football, one of two recognised disability versions of the sport. It was developed by French rugby league player, coach and official, Wally Salvan in 2004. Unlike other wheelchair sports, people without disabilities are allowed to compete in top-level competition.[1]


The game shares many features with the regular rugby league:[citation needed]

The game then sees its own particular rules:

World Cup

Main article: Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup

The inaugural Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup was held at indoor venues in Sydney, Australia in 2008. The 2013 Wheelchair RL World Cup was held in Gillingham, England in July. The 2017 World Cup was held in the south of France in July.

The next World Cup will in France as part of the 2025 Rugby League World Cup (played in 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).[3]

World Cup summaries

Year Host nation(s) Teams Final result
Winner Score Runner-up
2008 Sydney, Australia 4 England England 44 – 12 Australia Australia
2013[4] Gillingham, England 6 France France 42 – 40[5] England England
2017 France 7 France France 38 – 34 England England
2021 England 8 England England 28 – 24[6] France France

Other competitions

United Kingdom RFL

See also


  1. ^ http://www.nswrl.com.au/article.php?id=828[dead link]
  2. ^ The 2006 rules Archived 2007-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Ed, Dixon (2 July 2020). "2021 Rugby League World Cup and IRL team up on broadcast production - SportsPro Media". www.sportspromedia.com. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  4. ^ "FOWC 2013". www.rlfowc2013.com. Archived from the original on 2013-03-31.
  5. ^ "Match Report: Wheelchair World Cup Final". European Rugby League. Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  6. ^ "England beat France to win Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup - reaction". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2022-11-18.