Rob Davies appointed Wales PDRL head coach

Rob Davies has been appointed as the new head coach of the Wales Physical Disability Rugby League side.

The 37-year old takes over from David Jones who had the role on a temporary basis this season.

Rob has been involved in rugby league in Wales for nearly 15 years. A player with Torfaen Tigers, Cardiff Demons, South Wales Hornets, University of South Wales and East Wales, he was a train-on squad member of Wales Students in 2017 and also represented the Great Britain Pioneers students side and a Wales Presidents XIII.

Moving into coaching, in addition to his home club Torfaen Tigers, he has also been involved with Wales U16, East Wales and Wales Dragonhearts.

Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) is a modified 11 aside version of the game played by people with mobility or muscular impairments with varied levels of contact and disabilities classified in a paralympic style grading system, and a set ratio of classified players maintained on the field at all times.

Rob can’t wait to get started in the role. He says: “I am really excited by the opportunity and can’t wait to get started and put my stamp on the programme.

“I’ve met the players, they’re a great group of lads and there’s some really inspiring stories on how some of them came to represent our country against all odds.

“The big challenge is going to be growing the player pool, through giving players exposure to the game at club level, identifying players in the mainstream game that may have impairments and don’t realise that it qualifies them, and also hopefully attracting some elite athletes from other disability sport to try our game.”

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