Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Get into Rugby?

Ranging from the non-contact forms of rugby such as beach rugby, touch & tag to the full contact rugby sevens, Tens, and veterans, these variations are great for those who flinch at the sight of a scrum but enjoy the incomparable buzz of scoring a try.

There is no limit to the level you can reach either; these variants are represented at international level.

England have highly successful men's and women's Rugby Sevens sides, who compete all over the planet in tournaments, demonstrating key skills that are important for progression towards the full England first teams.

The preconception that these different forms of the game are just for children couldn’t be further from the truth: even the pros are quite partial to a game of touch or tag rugby during training sessions. Rugby truly is a game to be enjoyed by all.

There are several variants of the traditional 15-a-side game, all of which are enjoyed worldwide.

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Can Rugby Be Played on Artificial Turf?

Whether or not an artificial surface is suitable for contact rugby union (matches or training) is extremely straightforward.

The pitch simply has to have an up to date test certificate that demonstrates compliance to World Rugby Regulation 22.

This test must be carried out by a World Rugby accredited test institute. World Rugby regulation 22 relates to the performance standard of the pitch and measures criteria such as head impact, ball bounce, joint strength and energy restitution. These tests reflect the characteristics of a good quality natural turf pitch.

The World Rugby Regulation 22 test must be renewed every 2 years.

How is Rugby Scored?

Rugby union is a territorial, full-contact, team game, inclusive of all shapes and sizes, where 20-stone bulldozers are valued just as highly as small, pacy whippets.

It is hard to imagine another British sport where 245lb prop Jason Leonard could stand in a World Cup-winning team alongside 5ft 8in wing Jason Robinson.

During the course of an 80-minute match, two sides of 15 players and six substitutes, officiated by a referee and two touch judges, try to outscore each other. The game lasts for two 40-minute halves on a grass pitch with an H-shaped goal post at each end.

If you are a newcomer to the sport, the information here will outline the basics of rugby from scoring to set pieces, so use it to increase your enjoyment when it comes to watching the big games, or as a first step in your own playing career.

Even England internationals had to start somewhere...

Is Playing Rugby Dangerous?

The RFU takes player welfare very seriously and it is at the heart of all the training we deliver to coaches, referees and medics, at all levels of the game

As the World Rugby laws manual states, however, rugby union is a sport which involves physical contact. Any sport involving physical contact has inherent dangers. It is very important that players play the game in accordance with the laws of the game and be mindful of the safety of themselves and others.

It is the responsibility of players to ensure that they are physically and technically prepared in a manner which enables them to play the game, comply with the laws of the game and participate in accordance with safe practices.

It is the responsibility of those who coach or teach the game to ensure that players are prepared in a manner which ensures compliance with the laws of the game and in accordance with safe practices.

The sections above can help players and those who support them to understand more about how to prevent, recognise and manage injuries as well as learn about the positive health benefits of rugby.