The first ever Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) match played in the UK took place in Warrington on Sunday.
A Leeds side featuring The Last Leg's Alex Brooker beat a Warrington team that included Adam Hills 22-10 on a historic day.
Two able-bodied players were allowed in each team of nine, with Warrington fielding former star Toa Kohe-Love and ex-England full-back Shaun Briscoe, the driving force behind the PDRL team.
“I’d forgotten how tough rugby league is. I took some big hits today!”— Warrington Wolves (@wolvesrl) February 4, 2018
We caught up with The Last Leg’s @adamhillscomedy and @alex_brooker after both took part in the UK’s first ever PDRL match today pic.twitter.com/QRsNsjNEPj
Able-bodied players, who play wearing bibs, were not permitted to score, kick or run more than 10 metres. The game was played over two 25 minute halves with unlimited subs, no scrums and no drop goals. It was full contact, with the exception of two players on each side wearing red shorts who are tag only.
Hills, who has seen PDRL being played in his native Australia for the last six years, scored Warrington's first try in the match.
Congratulations to @RugbyLeeds for winning the first ever Physical Disability Rugby League game against us @WWCLSFoundation 22-10. This photo of @alex_brooker and I sums up the result. pic.twitter.com/CYTB6AsYns— Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) 4 February 2018
Following the encounter, there are ongoing talks to schedule the return fixture, with an announcement expected over the next couple of weeks.
Video and photo credit: Warrington Wolves