Wales Men

Nickname: The Dragons |

Wales Men

Nickname: The Dragons |
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IRL Ranking :

head coach

Head Coach:
John Kear


Elliot Kear


World Cup Appearances:
5 (1975, 1995, 2000, 2013, 2017)

Best Results

World Cup Best Result:
Semi-finalist – 1995 and 2000

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Team Bio

There is a long but sporadic history of rugby league in Wales. The first Wales international side was fielded on January 1908, where Wales beat New Zealand 9-8 in the world’s first official rugby league test match. This makes Wales the third oldest rugby league national side after England and New Zealand. 

Over the decades many Welsh players have gone on to play for the leading English domestic clubs. Consequently, leading to the national side having often being a very strong force in the international game. The current Wales Rugby League (WRL) organisation was formed in 1995 and is a descendant of the Rugby Football League’s Welsh Commission (1926). In 2005 Wales received full governing body status and was recognised collectively by the RFL, the British Amateur Rugby League Association and the Welsh Sports Council. 

Current head coach of the Wales Men’s team John Kear has been in charge for the last seven years. The team under his management has a 50% win record, of eight wins from 16 games played during this period. The changes in management back in 2014 resulted in the current team winning the 2015 European Championship, playing in the 2017 World Cup, as well as runners up in the 2018 European Championship, which helped to secure qualification for the RLWC2021. 

Notable Rugby League Wales players consist of: Billy Boston, Gus Risman, Jim Sullivan, Jonathan Davies, and Clive Sullivan. These Wales Rugby League stars have gone on to become inducted into the ‘Welsh Sports Hall of Fame’. With three Welsh players (Billy Boston, Gus Risman, Jim Sullivan) having been entered into the Rugby League Hall of Fame.


Men's Group D


Wed 19


Leigh Sports Village, Leigh


Men's Group D


Mon 24


Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens


Men's Group D


Mon 31


Eco-Power Stadium, Doncaster



Squads on the Tyne Festival coming to Newcastle

From Friday 14 October - Sunday 16 October 2022, the three-day festival will be open to primary and secondary schools, as well as junior rugby league clubs, mixed touch rugby teams, PDRL and masters RL (35+).

£15 million pounds awarded in large grants as part of RLWC2021 CreatedBy Capital Grant Programme

Over 200 community rugby clubs and organisations across the UK have been awarded grants so far with the latest five large grants awarded taking the total to over £15million.

Your Chance to Volunteer! Heritage Project Celebrates Women In Rugby League

An opportunity has arisen in actively seeking volunteers to work on a fantastically exciting heritage project to celebrate 25 years of women’s international rugby league.

France to host Rugby League World Cup 2025

​Rugby League World Cup 2021 today congratulates the Federation Francaise de Rugby a XIII following confirmation that France is to stage the 17th Rugby League World Cup in 2025.

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