Rugby League was first played in Wales in 1907 with clubs joining the Northern Union.
The current Wales Rugby League organisation was formed in 1995 and is a descendant of the RFL’s Welsh Commission . In 2005 WRL received full governing body status and was recognised collectively by the RFL, the British Amateur Rugby League Association and the Welsh Sports Council.
An original Affiliate Member of the RLEF when that organisation was formed in 2003, Wales became the twelfth Member [full] of the RLIF following a meeting in Melbourne in May 2010, and a Full Member of the RLEF in October that same year.
WRL employed its first professional chairman in 2006. The chair presides over a Board representing the key stakeholders in the game, with Directors drawn from the Welsh clubs, the RFL, the professional clubs, and co-opted specialists, including Directors drawn from the Welsh Assembly.