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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.

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National Governing Bodies

Rugby Football Union

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Contact Email
enquiries@therfu.com
Contact Telephone
0871 222 2120

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.