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NSW Physical Disability Rugby League Association is affiliated with NSWRL and is the trading name of Physical Disability Rugby League Australia (PDRLA).

Its 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 NSWPDRL has a 6-team competition - South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers, Newton Jets, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and Manly Sea Eagles - usually played from March to September at the home ground at Cabramatta Rugby League Club.

During the season demonstration games may also be played as a curtain raiser at an NRL fixture.

And to celebrate NAIDOC week each year, the NSWPDRL All-Stars team versus the NSWPDRL Indigenous Combined Nations team, at Redfern Oval on the 1st Sunday in July.

Click here for the 2019 Annual Report

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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.

Watch story of how Peter Mitchell became involved here

How to Join NSWPDRL

To join click here  - and request to start the process by completing the medical assessment form.

Click here for the NSWRDRL website. 

Click here for the NSWRDRL Facebook page. 


Founded: 2012
Clubs: 5
Most Successful Club: South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles (two premierships each)


Year  Premiers  Runners-Up 
2012  Northern Sydney Pirates (now Manly Sea Eagles) Southern Sydney Cavaliers (now South Sydney Rabbitohs)
2013  South Sydney Rabbitohs Manly Sea Eagles
2014  Sydney Roosters  Newtown Jets 
2015  Manly Sea Eagles Newtown Jets 
2016 South Sydney Rabbitohs Manly Sea Eagles
2017  Newtown Jets  Manly Sea Eagles 

NSWPDRLA Player of the Year

Year  Player  Club  Points 
2012 Kyle Schaberg Southern Sydney Cavaliers 6
Josh Nohra Southern Sydney Cavaliers 6
2013  Dylan Jobson Manly Sea Eagles 25
2014  Che Fornusek  Newtown Jets 17
2015  George Tonna  South Sydney Rabbitohs 16
2016  Kyle Schaberg  Manly Sea Eagles 10
2017  Marco Spennati  Sydney Roosters 9

KARI Heritage Shield Records

The KARI Heritage Shield has been held annually since 2014 and is competed by the Indigenous Combined Nations and NSWPDRLA All Stars side. In the four matches to date, the All Stars remain undefeated having most recently drawn with the Indigenous Combined Nations.

2014 KARI Heritage Shield
All Stars 28 def Indigenous Combined Nations 16
All Stars Man of the Match: Nick Riches
Indigenous Combined Nations Man of the Match: Kyle Schaberg

2015 KARI Heritage Shield
All Stars 10 def Indigenous Combined Nations 8
All Stars Man of the Match: Mitch Gleeson
Indigenous Combined Nations Man of the Match: Tristan Gibbs

2016 KARI Heritage Shield
All Stars 22 def Indigenous Combined Nations 16
All Stars Man of the Match: Marco Spennati
Indigenous Combined Nations Man of the Match: Jim Doolan

2017 KARI Heritage Shield
All Stars 20 drew with Indigenous Combined Nations 20
All Stars Man of the Match: Rylee Lowe
Indigenous Combined Nations Man of the Match: Brad Hardman

NSWPDRLA Country v City

Since 2014, the NSWPDRLA has also annually held a Country v City clash in regional NSW as a curtain-raiser for the NRL's now-discontinued Country-City fixture. City is undefeated, having won the first three matches and most recently drawn with Country in Mudgee.

2014 NSWPDRLA Country v City
Apex Oval, Dubbo
City 14 def Country 4
City Man of the Match: Billy Bussell
Country Man of the Match: David Grech

2015 NSWPDRLA Country v City
McDonald Park, Wagga Wagga
City 28 def Country 12
Man of the Match: Johnathan Day (Country)

2016 NSWPDRLA Country v City
Shillington Park, Tamworth
City 16 def Country 12
Man of the Match: Mitch Gleeson (Country)

2017 NSWPDRLA Country v City
Glen Willow Sports Complex, Mudgee
City 12 def Country 12
Man of the Match: Bow Lennon (City)

List of 50-Game Players

Player Name  Registered Team  Games Played  Years Played 
Kyle Schaberg Manly Sea Eagles 63 2012-2016
Dylan Jobson Manly Sea Eagles 55 2012-2016
Geoff Clarke Manly Sea Eagles 53 2012-2016
Jono Smith South Sydney Rabbitohs 60 2012-2016
Nick Riches South Sydney Rabbitohs 52 2012-2016
George Tonna South Sydney Rabbitohs 55 2012-2016
Bill Bussell Sydney Roosters 52 2012-2016
Che Fornusek Newtown Jets 56 2012-2016
Eddie Sharp Newtown Jets 56 2012-2016
Marco Spennati Sydney Roosters 53 2012-2017