Rugby Resources


Whether you are new to rugby union or an active player these resources are a great starting point to getting the most out of rugby. Learn to play, study the rules, and possibly train to be an IRB Certified coach.


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.

Download the guide or visit the IRB website and access their interactive content including diagrams, pictures and videos or take their online quiz.


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



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!

One can make use of the Rugby Ready programme via any one of the 3 platforms, though it is highly recommended to use a combination of all three:

1. Handbook
2. Online learning programme
3. Face-to-face course.

Download Rugby Ready Book

IRB Rugby Ready Website


Are you looking to become an IRB Certified Match Official or improve your officiating? Then visit the home of Rugby officiating on the web:

IRB Officiating Website
Course Guide: Officiating XV’s IRB Guide
Course Guide: Officiating VII’s IRB Guide


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…

Additional Resources:
IRB Coaching Website
IRB Strength and Conditioning Coaching Course.