NSW Physical Disability Rugby League Association is affiliated with NSWRL and is the trading name of Physical Disability Rugby League Australia (the Association).
Our mission is – To provide children and adults with a physical disability the opportunity to participate in a fun, inclusive sport and be a part of the Rugby League family.
At present it is a 6-team competition (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers, Newton Jets, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and Manly Sea Eagles) with our home ground at Cabramatta Rugby League Club.
Who can Play
Children, women and men who never thought they could!
The rules and competition are true to the game. But have been modified to cater for those with a passion for rugby league and with a physical disability that affects their strength, speed or coordination – to safely play the game they love.
The most common disabilities of participants include conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury (ABI) and stroke but other physical disabilities qualify as well. Eight of the 10 impairment classes in the Paralympic Movement are eligible to play in PDRLA: impaired muscle power, athetosis, impaired passive range of movement, hypertonia, limb deficiency, ataxia, leg length difference and short stature.
Note: These impairments should be directly related to the condition and not due to secondary deconditioning due to an inactive lifestyle or usual wear and tear of aging.
Through the support of sponsors, the NRL, NRL Clubs and NSWRL and efforts of dedicated volunteers the competition is expanding from its beginnings in 2010 to a future beyond the current six teams. NSWPDRL have already represented their country in Australia in 2018 and in the future, with the world-wide expansion of PDRL, we expect to represent Australia overseas.
First step to Join PDRLA as a Player
If you wish to join our competition – use the CONTACT US FORM – and request to start the process by completing the medical assessment form. Include your email address in the message so we can send you the medical assessment form.
Games are played under the rules of ‘The Australian Rugby League Laws of the Game 2010’ but are modified to suit the abilities of the individuals and to maintain their safety.
The game is made up of two halves, each of twenty minutes and with a ten minute interval. As per NRL rules a Try will be worth 4 points and a Goal 2 points.
There will be no scrums in the modified game. An accidental knock on or drop ball is called as a tackle and at the completion of six tackles a change-over applies.
Players wear either Black or Red shorts, with players wearing Red shorts playing touch football rules when attempting to “tackle” or be “tackled”. It is compulsory for players who are under the age of 18 years of age to wear red shorts. Players wearing black shorts will play the standard NRL tackle rules.
Able-bodied players can play PDRL, but not more than two per team are allowed on the field at any time. Able-bodied players cannot score tries, kick goals or kick in general play. A tackle is effected on an able-bodied player by a touch only, as per red shorts players.
NSWPDRLA encourages participation by female players, however for safety reasons the rules require female players to wear red shorts.