We’ve sponsored Leeds Rhinos PDLR player, Jamie Womersley
The Physical Disability Rugby League allows people with physical disabilities to continue playing a game they love. It’s played on a 50m X 100m pitch and is a nine-a-side version of Rugby League.
PDRL was initially developed in Australia and made its way over to the UK where Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos played the first ever game of PDRL in the northern hemisphere in early 2018.
PDRL is continuing to gain momentum in the UK, following the first full domestic season in 2019 and England Community Lions lifting the Rugby League World Cup in 2022.
Jamie, commenting on the game, said:
“I played rugby when I was younger, but I had to stop when I got diagnosed with Crohn’s when I was 18. I didn’t start playing again until last year, so I had a long time out.
“I didn’t know about PDRL until 2022 as nobody ever spoke about it due to the lack of exposure. I now play for Leeds Rhinos and the club has been amazing. We can make use of their 3G pitch which means we can train all year round and this year’s award ceremony is being held alongside the 1st team ceremony, so it’ll be more inclusive.
“We’re all trying our best to get as much exposure as we can to open people's eyes that people with all types of disabilities can play the sports they love.
“It felt great when England won the world cup, as a few of the lads from Leeds Rhinos played in that England team. But more importantly it got people who might not have usually taken an interest talking about PDRL.”