A BEGINNER'S GUIDE
The object of the Game is that two teams of fifteen or seven players each, observing fair play according to the Laws and sporting spirit, should by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding the ball, score as many points as possible.
IRB’s ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Rugby Union’ is an informative and easy to follow manual covering the basics of rugby and how the game is played. It explains the attributes of the game covering topics such as ball handling, tackling, rucks & mauls, scrums & lineouts. On top of that it also explains all the different positions from Forwards to Backs, and Props to Full Backs, showing how there is a position for anyone, whether you’re tall or short, thick or thin, and fast or powerful.
RUGBY UNION LAWS
Rugby Union is a sport which involves physical contact. Therefore it is very important that players play the Game in accordance with the Laws of the Game and be mindful of the safety of themselves and others.
Download the IRB Rugby Union Laws Handbook
RUGBY READY RESOURCES
This programme hosted by the International Rugby Board is aimed at supporting players, coaches, match officials, administrators, and Unions by providing a variety of educational resources. These cover the key areas of the game such as preparation, technique, injury prevention, and management & discipline to successfully manage player welfare at all levels. It is the responsibility of everyone involved to reduce the risk of serious injury and enforce a safe playing environment for the ever-increasing number of men, women and children who play Rugby.
Help maintain the core principle of Rugby: Fair Play!
Whether you’re a player or a coach, it is crucial to fully understand each of the skills of the game. Check out the IRB Key Factor Analysis Guide for a breakdown of each skill such as evasive running, passing, etc…