This is a team game played with an oval shaped ball which can be
handled and thrown as well as kicked. Points are scored by touching
the ball down over the opposition's goal line and by kicking the ball over
a high level goal bar.
There are two main versions, rugby union and rugby
league, which have some differences in rules as well as different team
numbers, 15 and 13 respectively. There is also a seven-a-side game.
Competitions are an
important part of the local sport.
There are related games of
American football, Australian-rules football and Gaelic football (see
specialist organisations below for more
British Amateur Rugby League Association www.barla.org.uk/
Rugby Football League www.rfl.uk.com/
Rugby Football Union www.rfu.com/
British American Football Association 01661 843179
British Australian Rules Football League www.barfl.co.uk/
Rugby League World
Find a local rugby group
or club (see organisations above).
See if there are
introductory sessions at your local club or sports
Consult books or magazines
on different types of rugby.
Check in your local library/paper
or sports centre for more information.
Skills and people
Most rugby players are men, though
there has been growth in interest in the sport among women; teams
are single sex.
The sport is very active and physical and is most
commonly played by people under 40 years old.
Most rugby practice and all games involve a group of other
people. Most players belong to a local group or club which organises
fixtures. The social aspect of club life is important.
The people you play with
need to be of roughly
the same standard and physical ability as yourself.
Equipment or clothing
For anything other than the very informal games, sports shorts and top
and special boots are usually required.
Teams usually wear special strip of some kind.
These shirts are generally provided by the group or club.
A place or facilities
There are facilities in many schools and some community halls, as well as
many sports centres.
The bigger clubs may have their own grounds.