Wheelchair rugby league is a wheelchair-based version of rugby league football. 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

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 be held at various venues in England at the same time as the men's and women's able-bodied world cups in 2021.[2]

World Cup summaries

Year Host nation(s) Teams Final result
Winner Score Runner-up
2008 Sydney, Australia 4
44 - 12
2013[3] Gillingham, England 6
44 - 40[4]
2017 France 7
38 - 34
2021 England 8

See also