Wales Rugby League



Latest WRL Annual Report Published

30th April 2018, 09:28

Latest WRL Annual Report Published

Read all about the last 12 months

In another year of progress Wales Rugby League are delighted to publish their 2017/18 Annual Report within a month of the year end. 

Click here to download WRL 2017/18 Annual Report

Wales Rugby League CEO and Director Chris Thair said "The report shows that there is a great deal of good work happening domestically and it has been another year in which the sport has moved forward; however rugby league in Wales remains a long way from where we wish to take it.

"The last 12 months have been our busiest on record. To achieve the output we do with one full-time member of staff is quite remarkable and a credit to everyone involved. We have the support of some wonderful partners and at the heart of all the activity are the volunteers and players. Thank you to everyone involved."


20 Achievements for Wales Rugby League: April 2017 to March 2018

1.           1,585 Registered Players in 2017 season, highest in four years.

2.           Biggest ever grant award from Sport Wales.

3.           Wales teams participate in three World Cups - Wheelchair, Students and Mens.

4.           Wales men compete in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup:

  • Broadcast to 150 countries
  • PNG v Wales – Sell out 14,800 crowd
  • Three group games. Average attendance 12,425
  • Huge exposure domestically and worldwide

5.           Wales U16s beat England for the first time.

6.           A record 24 Welsh players aged 14 to 16 sign with Super League clubs.

7.           Regan Grace makes sensational Super League debut.

8.           Jamie Jones is the first Welsh-based official to referee a pro game and Bianca Zietsman officiates in the Women’s World Cup in Australia.

9.           Wales Wheelchair won the Celtic Cup and competed in the World Cup in France, finishing fifth in the World.

10.         Wales play a record 10 different nations in internationals.

11.         A record number of overseas tours took place for WRL national teams with games played in PNG, France, Ireland and three teams travelling to Australia. WRL ran 16 rep teams who played 33 games.

12.         Glantaf School U14s crowned UK Champions for the second time in three years having still (until end of March 2018) only ever lost one game since starting as a group when aged 11.    

13.         Wales U23s beat England in the Commonwealth Championships.

14.         New WRL website launched becoming the sports first NGB to go completely with online player registrations.

15.         New corporate branding launched with great feedback.

16.         New kit supplier and shirt design for the World Cup.

17.         Record social media numbers smashing the 10,000 Twitter followers milestone.

18.         Dai Watkins and Mike Nicholas inducted into WRL Hall of Fame.

19.         Over 100 caps awarded at WRL Cap Presentation Night.

20.         Financial reserves retained in a year of high activity and exposure.


Click here to see the last six years of WRL Annual Reports 

All published Annual Reports have been approved by members at the respective AGMs and by the WRL Board. 

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