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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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National Governing Bodies

Rugby Football Union

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

Primary Sports UK

Working with children aged 2-16 years old across a range of different sports and activities.

Rugby Union

West Leeds RUFC

West Leeds RUFC is a long established offering Rugby Union to adults of all abilities. Our Junior/ Mini section offers Rugby Union to a variety of age groups for both boys and girls.

Leeds LGBT+ Sport Fringe Festival

Leeds LGBT+ Sport Fringe Festival

A collection of LGBT+ fitness instructors, teams, clubs and allies. We have organised a fully inclusive 18 day festival each year that introduces individuals to various activities that promote health and wellbeing. We combat Homophobia in sport and Sportp

Rugby Football Foundation - Helping Hand Grants

Rugby Football Foundation - Helping Hand Grants

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

Rugby Football Foundation - Groundmatch Grants

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

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

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.

RFU Emergency Support Loan

RFU Emergency Support Loan

Coronavirus has had a big impact on the sport and we know things have been tough for clubs. The RFU have, therefore, created an Emergency Loan Scheme to support the game at this challenging time.

Greg Bayliss

Community Rugby Development Officer - Leeds & Wakefield

Hamish Pratt

Community Rugby Development Officer - Kirlees, Calderdale & Bradford

07764 336 702

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