Launched in 2018, Leeds Rhinos’ PDRL side is made up of both disabled and able-bodied players, combining to produce entertaining and competitive rugby league matches.

We have been a pioneering force in the game, from taking part in the first ever Physical Disability Rugby League match to be played in the UK against Warrington Wolves in February 2018, to featuring in a half-time showcase during Super League’s Dacia Magic Weekend at Anfield Stadium and hosting the first ever PDRL Finals Day in September 2019.

Our side includes players from all backgrounds and conditions including muscular, sight and mental, but nothing stops them from playing the sport they live and breathe. This initiative has put them back on track and playing their rugby again. 

The Rhinos PDRL team is part of the charity’s commitment to making rugby league accessible to all parts of the community. Training sessions take place at Leeds Rugby Academy in Kirkstall on Monday evenings, with matches scheduled to take place throughout the year against other Super League clubs.

Support has also been received from Leeds Rhinos players past and present, with Barrie McDermott and Gary Schofield just two of the greats to have played with the side, as well as Channel 4 presenter Alex Brooker.

Anyone interested in joining the team should email ben.berry@leedsrhinosfoundation.org to find out more information.

Check out player profiles, interviews and other information on our YouTube channel:  www.youtube.com/channel/UCrwmhcH2fLxcNFLCC0aksCg