Ask a question

We understand that when you’re considering taking up a new sport, you often have a lot of questions that need answering. While we can’t promise to answer them all (sometime you just need to try things to find out the answer for yourself!), we encourage you to ask us. So why not tweet us your question. Mention “@EnglandRugby” and “#Rugbywomen” in your tweet. 

In the meantime, here are some common questions that we can help with immediately:

  1. Why should I play rugby?
  2. Will I get hurt?
  3. Does it matter that I don't know the rules of rugby?
  4. Do I need to join a club?
  5. What sort of kit do I need?
  6. Can I trial it first?
  1. Why should I play rugby?
    Whether you’re a tall or small, fast or powerful, tactical or combative, you’ll be amazed to see what you can achieve on the pitch. Rugby not only welcomes but genuinely requires diversity. It’s about individuals and teams. It’s about forging friendships through a common bond. It’s about personal challenges that offer unique accomplishments. This is a sport that empowers women and girls to discover what makes them strong, and to unleash their inner toughness. Surprise yourself and give it a try.
  2. Will I get hurt?
    There are different types of rugby to suit your preferences and lifestyle. If you don’t fancy the contact side of the game (tackling, scrums etc) then O2 Touch could be for you. It’s also a great for fitness. You can find out more here. 
    If you come to a Pitch up and Play session, you’ll get an introduction to the techniques of rugby and you’ll work up to the contact elements of the game if you’re comfortable with them. While we can’t guarantee you a bruise free experience in contact rugby, we will help you find a position you’re comfortable in.
  3. Does it matter that I don’t know the rules of rugby?
    Absolutely not - there’s no expectation that you know the rules. If you come to a Pitch Up and Play session we’ll teach you everything you need to know. Rugby is simple to grasp, but like most sports, there are some nuances to the game that take time to pick up. You’ll pick these up as your experience increases.
  4. Do I need to join a club?
    You don’t need to join a club to start playing. Many of our Pitch up and Play sessions will take place at a club but these sessions are free and offer a good opportunity to see what a club house is like, in case you decide to join a team in the future. Many O2 Touch teams play at a club too but you can pay as you go.
  5. What sort of kit do I need?
    For your first session all you need is similar kit to what you would be comfortable running in. Trainers are also fine in the drier months. If you decide to play more frequently then you’ll be given advice on what kit is appropriate.
  6. Can I trial it first?
    Yes you can. Check out some of the options here
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