Rugby is a truly inclusive game, and can be played by people of all shapes and sizes. Groundbreaking projects in tackling obesity and working with people of all ages with mental health issues is allowing the RFU to reach people who may otherwise struggle to participate in sport of any kind.

The unique nature of the sport means that there can be a role for everyone who wants to participate, and results from early programmes are positive, with encouraging feedback from both those taking part and health care professionals. Both mental and physical ill health can be isolating and have a negative impact of confidence and self esteem – the RFU seeks to combat this with a growing number of programmes and partnerships in this area.