Humble Beginnings

TRL started as a chance conversation between 3 PE teachers at a Rugby League festival in St Helens. The initial aim of TRL was to take part in one friendly against the British Asian Rugby Association but due to the unprecedented success and exponential popularity of that game, the concept has grown since then, with the team entering the 2011 Steeden Cup and forming a women’s team in 2012 and now competing in the RFL Associations Cup each year.

Since our creation, we have played matches against teams such as the Great British Police, Great Britain Combined Armed Forces, The RAF and England Universities, as well as successfully touring two 'Emerging Nations' countries.

The aim now for GB TRL is to develop and improve the quality of representative rugby and eventually to spread the game to new and developing nations. We have undertaken two international tours, the first in 2016, with the men's team travelling to Poland to play the National side. In 2018 we continued to spread the Rugby League brand when we travelled to Spain to play them in a two-game test in Valencia.



Playing to Win

Teachers Rugby League Association


Playing to Win

We are always on the lookout for new players; to be eligible for the TRL you must work at/as one of the following;

•Full time or part time teacher at any key stage (1-5)

•Supply teacher at any Key stage (1-5)

•Nursery Staff or Child Care staff

•The staff of PRU's or any recognised alternative provision provider

•College or University Lecturer

•Students studying a BEd or PGCE course or on the Teach First program equivalent

•Teaching Assistants and Educational Support staff

Please note; Those who work for a business, organisation or charity who deliver in school eg nutrition, sports development officers & coordinators are all accepted.

For national eligibility; Players are eligible for GB if they were born in the UK, have residency, a UK passport and/or have resided in the UK for a minimum of three years as per Rugby League International Federation rules.

For Regional eligibility; Players can chose either their region of birth or their region of work (if different).

Coaches; The ethos of the TRL supports the appointment of coaches who are eligible in the same way players need to be. However, we also want to welcome support from outside our community. Henceforth, whilst striving to have eligible coaches, no coach, assistant or support / medical staff will be turned away due to ineligibility.

Players/coaches are welcome from any Rugby League or Union club professional or amateur.


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