Member Nations

19 Full Members. 9 Affiliate Members. 24 Observer Members.

International Rugby League has a progressive membership based upon the various criteria agreed by the Board.

Initially, a nation will be recognised as an Observer. This demonstrates they are the single governing body recognised by IRL and allows them to develop their systems and infra-structure to run the sport in their country.

A nation that is developing and demonstrating maturity in their organisation will apply for Affiliate Membership which requires them to meet a stricter set of conditions.

Finally there are Full Members who have met all of the requirements to be the fully fledged governing body for the sport in their country.

All nations are assessed annually to ensure that they are meeting the criteria for their category of membership and are supported in their development through various programmes.

The IRL Member Eligibility Criteria can be viewed: HERE 

Federation Marocaine De Rugby League

Observer

Nigeria Rugby League Association

Observer

Palestine Rugby League Association

Observer

Saudi Arabian Rugby League Association

Observer

South Africa Rugby League Association

Full Member

Libya Rugby League Association

Observer

Australian Rugby League Commission

Full Member

New Zealand Rugby League

Full Member

Cook Island Rugby League Association

Full Member

Fiji National Rugby League

Full Member

Hong Kong Rugby League

Membership Pending

India

Membership Pending

Japan Rugby League

Membership Pending

Niue Rugby League

Membership Pending

Norfolk Island

Membership Pending
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