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.
The game shares many features with the regular rugby league:
The game then sees its own particular rules:
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).
|Year||Host nation(s)||Teams||Final result|
|2008||Sydney, Australia||4||England||44 – 12||Australia|
|2013||Gillingham, England||6||France||42 – 40||England|
|2017||France||7||France||38 – 34||England|
|2021||England||8||England||28 – 24||France|