The Game

The RFU recognises that it is important to provide safe and fun playing opportunities for all. The game children play should meet the needs of the child. The Age Grade Competition Review that has led to the New Rules of Play, which will allow for children and young players to develop their skills in a player centred and enjoyable environment.

The Adult Competition Review has also collated information that will contribute to the future development of the game to provide safe and enjoyable playing opportunities.

Non-contact and conditioned contact versions of the game provide opportunities for anyone to play. Touch Rugby has very much grown in popularity and is a fun and sociable way to get involved.

Laws, Regulations and Guidelines

The Laws of the Game are determined by World Rugby. The information and evidence provided by research informs changes to the game at all levels to provide a safe playing environment.

Regulations are put in place by the RFU so that all so all participants know what is required of them and their club, school, college or university. In terms of player safety and welfare it is important that all those involved in organising rugby are particularly aware of:

It is important that those organising rugby know what the required level of first aid and medical provision is required for their club or school. The RFU has extensive First Aid & Medical Provision Guidelines to provide this information.

The RFU Health Advice Line line provides information on player health and welfare where related to rugby and is suitable for coaches, players and parents. Enquires can by email to or phone on 0870 143 2421.