A new sport that was developed in Australia and has spread to Auckland. Physical Disability Rugby League is ideal for anyone who can run or walk but has some physical impairment. Rules are modified including a system that identifies those who wish to be tackled vs. those who wish to play a tag version.
The New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) and Physical Disability Rugby League New Zealand (PDRLNZ) have teamed up to spread the word of inclusiveness and diversity in sport with rugby league as the vehicle.
The NZRL welcomes PDRL on board as an official affiliate of the organisation, a partnership NZRL CEO Greg Peters is in full support of.
“We are delighted to officially welcome PDRLNZ into the New Zealand Rugby League whanau.”
Physical Disability Rugby League is a modified version of the game for players with a physical disability who wouldn’t otherwise be able to play. It does not shy away from the impact, collision and physicality of league, but has full contact, partial contact and touch elements, so that it caters for a wide spectrum of impairments, including amputees, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular disorders, limb deficiencies and acquired brain injuries. The rules allow two able bodied players a team, and provide for both male and female players.
The partnership between the NZRL and PDRLNZ reinforces the organisation’s commitment to the ‘Sport for Everyone’ framework. This agreement saw sports organisations in New Zealand collaborate in a joint initiative to ensure all codes foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for anyone and everyone to enjoy.