Wheelchair rugby league

Wheelchair rugby league is a wheelchair-based version of rugby league football. It was developed by French rugby league player, coach and official, Robert Fassolette and 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 regular rugby league:

  • Use of a size 4 rugby ball
  • Ball may only be passed backwards
  • Each team retains possession for six tackles, after which there is a hand-over
  • A modified version of the play-the-ball is used after a tackle
  • Same offside rules as rugby league
  • The 2006 rules

The game then sees its own particular rules:

  • A tackle is counted when we take a tag off a shoulder
  • All kicks, penalties, drop outs, conversions, are all done with the fist.
  • It is generally played on a handball court, dimensions being 40x20
  • There are indoor rugby posts put in place for conversions, drop kicks, and penalty kicks.

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. And the last WRL World Cup was held in the south of France in July 2017.

World Cup summaries

Year Host nation(s) Teams Final result
Winner Score Runner-up
2008 Sydney, Australia 4
44 - 12
2013[2] Gillingham, England 6
44 - 40[3]
2017 France 7
38 - 34

See also


  1. ^ http://www.nswrl.com.au/article.php?id=828
  2. ^ http://www.rlfowc2013.com/wheelchair
  3. ^ http://www.rlfowc2013.com/article/10384/wheelchair-france-44---40

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2008 Festival of World Cups

The Festival of World Cups was a series of rugby league World Cups held in Australia during 2008. The Festival was being staged in Australia during 2008 to coincide with their Centenary of Rugby League celebrations. The centrepiece of the Festival was the men's 2008 Rugby League World Cup. In addition to this tournament, there were also world cups being held for University, Police, Women, Defence and Wheelchair teams.The Universities tournament officially started the Festival. Colin Love, the Rugby League World Cup 2008 Tournament Director and RLIF Chairman, stated "The festival highlights how the World Cup is embracing the Rugby League community and acknowledging its wide-ranging affiliates", adding "It’s a great opportunity to showcase the broad appeal of the game internationally".

2013 Festival of World Cups

The 2013 Festival of World Cups is a series of rugby league World Cups held in the United Kingdom during 2013. The centrepiece of the Festival is the men's 2013 Rugby League World Cup. In addition to this tournament, there are also world cups being held for students, police, women, armed forces and wheelchair teams.

2013 in rugby league

Top-level rugby league in 2013 centred on Australasia's 2013 NRL season and Super League XVIII. High-profile representative competitions included the 2013 Rugby League World Cup (held in Wales and England) and the 2013 State of Origin series.

2017 Festival of World Cups

The 2017 Festival of World Cups was a series of rugby league World Cups that were held in Sydney, Australia during July 2017. As part of the festival, there was University World Cup and a Defence Force World Cup. A wheelchair rugby league World Cup was also held in France.

The festival is part of the buildup to the 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup and the men's 2017 Rugby League World Cup which was held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea at the end of 2017.

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Wheelchair Australian rules football

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Wheelchair rugby

Wheelchair rugby (originally murderball, and known as quad rugby in the United States) is a team sport for athletes with a disability. It is practised in over twenty-five countries around the world and is a summer Paralympic sport.

The US name is based on the requirement that all wheelchair rugby players need to have disabilities that include at least some loss of function in at least three limbs. Although most have spinal cord injuries, players may also qualify through multiple amputations, neurological disorders or other medical conditions. Players are assigned a functional level in points, and each team is limited to fielding a team with a total of eight points.

Wheelchair rugby is played indoors on a hardwood court, and physical contact between wheelchairs is an integral part of the game. The rules include elements from wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, handball and rugby union.

The sport is governed by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) which was established in 1993.

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