Rugby League Ireland

Rugby League Ireland (RLI)  is the national governing body for Rugby League on the Island of Ireland as recognised by Sport Ireland, the Federation of Irish Sport, and the World governing body International Rugby League.


It is the role of RLI to Govern all aspects of the sport of Rugby League in Ireland – to administer all domestic competitions, Club structures, pathways to representative squads, and generally promote the sport to grow and flourish.


It is the goal of RLI to develop the sport to allow all stakeholders including players, coaches, referees, parents and volunteers to enjoy being part of the Rugby League family.


RLI would like to thank our partners, Sport Ireland, Sport NI, European Rugby League (ERL), and International Rugby League (IRL) for their continued support.

History of Rugby League Ireland

Domestic rugby league was first played in Ireland in 1989 following a meeting at Dublin Airport.

The Dublin Blues were the first club to be formed in Ireland and played invitational teams from the UK for the first number of years.

In 1995 Ireland debuted on the International scene with a fixture against the USA.

International Team

Interanational rugby league began in Ireland in the form of the Ireland Student squad which took to the field in 1989 playing in the student home nations tournament.

The senior international team known as the Wolfhounds played their inaugural fixture in 1995 when they travelled to Washington to take on the USA in the St. Patrick’s Day Challenge.

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