Rugby is a team sport that involves running with the ball in hand, passing, kicking, and tackling. It’s played in two main formats: Rugby Union and Rugby League, each with its own rules and style of play.

Description and How to Do It

In Rugby Union, teams of fifteen players aim to score points by grounding the ball in the opposition’s in-goal area or by kicking it between goalposts. Rugby League involves teams of thirteen and has different scoring and tackling rules. The game requires running with the ball, passing it to teammates, tackling opponents, and strategic play.


  • Physical Fitness: Enhances cardiovascular health, strength, and endurance.
  • Teamwork and Communication: Encourages team dynamics and effective communication.
  • Strategic Thinking: Develops tactical understanding and decision-making skills.
  • Resilience: Builds mental and physical toughness.

Best Age to Start

Children can start playing rugby from around the age of 7 or 8.


  • Websites: World Rugby’s site for rules and coaching resources.
  • YouTube: Rugby coaching channels for skill development and gameplay understanding.
  • Movies/Documentaries: “Invictus” (film), “Living with the Lions” (documentary).
  • Books: “Rugby For Dummies” by Mathew Brown (available on Amazon).

Equipment and Costs

  • Rugby Ball: $20-$40.
  • Boots: $50-$150.
  • Protective Gear (mouthguard, headgear): $10-$100.
  • Club Membership: $50-$200 annually.
  • Team Fees: Varies, typically around $100-$300 per season.

Starting Tips

  • Begin with learning the basic rules, passing, and tackling techniques.
  • Join a local rugby club to learn from experienced coaches and participate in games.
  • Focus on fitness training to improve endurance and strength.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Practice 2-4 times per week, with additional fitness training sessions.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Master advanced skills, including strategic play, positioning, and advanced tackling.
  • Compete in club, regional, or national rugby matches.
  • Exhibit sportsmanship, teamwork, and continuous skill improvement.

Famous Rugby Players

  • Jonah Lomu
  • Dan Carter