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Rugby League

Rugby league is a full contact game, played by two teams of 13 players.

See Also:
Touch Rugby

An Overview of Rugby League

It is one of the two major codes of rugby football, the other being rugby union. Players on field are divided into forwards and backs. Each position has a designated number, 1 to 13. Numbers 14 to 17 are given to players starting on the bench, who will come into the game as substitutes for other players who are injured, in need of a rest, or less suited to the coach's strategy for that particular phase of the game.

Rugby league is played in more than 30 countries, though it is most commonly played in the United Kingdom (predominantly northern England) Australia and New Zealand.


  • Improves speed, agility, strength improved hand-eye coordination.
  • There is also a good social scene as a result of it being a team based sport.


Costs will vary across the country from club to club.


  • Boots
  • Rugby Ball
  • Headguard
  • Mouthguard

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Invicta Panthers

Invicta Panthers

An inclusive rugby league club running teams for u14/15/16 and seniors. Members of London RL playIng in the London league from March - July. Players have been recruited by London Broncos, the only Southern professional club. Most successful Junior league

Gravesend Dynamite Wheelchair Rugby League

Gravesend Dynamite Wheelchair Rugby League

We are an inclusive sports club for all: males, females, youths, children, adults, families, disabled and able bodied all participating together in sports chairs - all equipment is provided.
Hidden disabilities and physical disabilities or no disabilitie

2022 Commonwealth Games

2022 Commonwealth Games

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is perfectly positioned, sitting at the heart of the UK and standing for the diversity of the Commonwealth.

Professional Game Administrator

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the RFL, the national governing body for Rugby League in the UK. We are seeking to appoint a Professional Game Administrator to provide a prompt, efficient and effective service to ensure that the key objectives of the department are met in terms of the services the department provides to players, clubs, competitions, and colleagues.
The key work areas are:

Youth Board Advisory Member

Location: Manchester
Hours: 4 meetings a year
Voluntary role with reasonable travel expenses paid

The Rugby Football League (RFL) is the governing body for the sport of Rugby League in the United Kingdom.
With current headquarters in Media City, Salford (it is proposed to relocate to one base at the Etihad complex in Manchester by June 2022), the RFL administers the professional, semi-professional and community game structures, all England representative teams and the Challenge Cup competition. The RFL also works closely with Rugby League World Cup 2021, the company who are tasked to deliver the World Cup tournament.

Technical Support Apprentice

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the RFL, the national governing body for Rugby League in the UK. We are seeking to appoint a Technical Support Apprentice. You will assist in the running of the day-to-day ICT operations of the RFL by providing support to the organisation. The successful candidate will assist the Technology Manager with the support helpdesk, set up new equipment and other day to day support tasks. You will also help to educate the organisation on using all relevant technology, both hardware and software.