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Rugby Union

Rugby union is a contact sport where aim is to use the ball to score more points than the other team.

See Also:
Touch Rugby

An Overview of Rugby Union

You can run with the ball, kick it and pass it, but passing the ball forwards is not allowed.

There are several ways to score points.

  • A try - five points are awarded for touching the ball down in your opponent's goal area.
  • A conversion - two points are added for a successful kick through the goalposts after a try
  • A goal kick - three points are awarded for a penalty kick or drop goal through the posts

Benefits

From scrummaging to tackling, to sprinting with the ball, this can be a high intensity workout that will boost both your fitness and your strength.

Costs

Costs will vary across the country from club to club.

Equipment

  • Boots
  • Rugby Ball
  • Headguard
  • Mouthguard

Facts

  • England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, defeating Australia 20 points to 17.
  • Jonny Wilkinson kicked a dropped goal in the final minute to seal England's win.

Find Rugby Union Activities Near You

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Return to Rugby

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National Governing Bodies

Rugby Football Union

Contact Name
General Enquiries
Contact Email
enquiries@therfu.com
Contact Telephone
0871 222 2120

4ward sports

4ward Sports provide nurseries, schools and communities with qualified coaches to implement sporting opportunities.

Our objectives are simple; we want as many children involved in sport as possible.

4ward sports provide bubble football and archery t

Rugbyfit Norfolk

RugbyFit classes aim to help 16-24 year olds achieve fitness goals via rugby-related circuit training.

Lakenham Hewett RFC

Lakenham-Hewett RFC welcomes everyone who wants to try rugby, regardless of age or experience. Our aim is to develop our club by encouraging more new players to take up rugby and also tempt 'retired' players back into the game.

Crusaders RUFC

Family friendly club with 2 senior men’s teams, women’s team, youth teams & mini’s. Always welcoming new players, supporters & friends!

Lakenham-Hewett Ladies (17+) Rugby Training

Lakenham-Hewett Ladies (17+) Rugby Training

Ladies (17+) rugby training - suitable for all experience levels including those who have never played before.
WE ARE RECRUITING - new players always welcome!!!

Rugby Football Foundation - Helping Hand Grants

Provides a mechanism for rugby clubs to apply for a small grant

Rugby Football Foundation - Groundmatch Grants

Provides easy-to-access grant funding for capital projects which contribute to the recruitment and retention of community rugby players.

Rugby Football Foundation: Groundmatch Grants

The Groundmatch Scheme provides easy-to-access grant funding for capital projects which contribute to the recruitment and retention of community rugby players.

Wooden Spoon: The Children’s Charity for Rugby

Their main beneficiaries are under 25 years of age and disadvantaged by way of physical or mental disability or social deprivation – or any combination of the three. Please ensure you read the Wooden Spoon project criteria before applying.

Interest Free Loans

Rugby Football Foundation’s Interest Free Loan scheme provides up to £100,000 in an interest free loan to capital works to clubs at level 4 and below.

Community rugby coach - Eastern Counties

The role holder will contribute to the growth & sustainability of the game by supporting coaches, teachers, match officials and other appropriate personnel delivering rugby in clubs, schools, colleges, universities and other community settings. They will be responsible for supporting / mentoring new and existing coaches and match officials and for delivering high quality training as required.

Samuel Carpenter

Rugby Development Officer (Norfolk)