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.
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.
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
- Club workforce review
- Steps to take your new rugby section to market
- Restructure analysis
- Setting up a new rugby section
- Disaster recovery plan
- Financial procedures manual
- Reserves policy
- Constitution checklist