In the 150 years since William Webb Ellis reputedly caught and ran with the ball during a game of association football at Rugby School, Warwickshire, rugby union has grown into a huge global sport.

The IRB Rugby World Cup is the third biggest sporting event on the planet, and this success on the global stage is only possible because of the thriving school, university and club competitions in England and around the world.

One of the reasons for rugby’s rapid growth is that regardless of size, shape, age or gender, there is a type of rugby and a level of competition that is right for almost everyone.

While the conventional 15-a-side version of the sport makes the headlines, SevensTag and Beach rugby are all variants of the game that are thriving across England.

Whether you are a fan, a newcomer to the game or a hardened Sunday morning campaigner, this section will provide you with useful information from the very basics of rugby, all the way through to detailed playing regulations.

Good Club Governance Health Check

Governance has become an increasingly important issue that clubs have to address. From addressing issues of finance and compliance, review your club's governance by taking the RFU Good Club Governance Health Check

Further details about what the RFU means by good governance are outlined in the Good Governance Model

Good Governance Toolkit