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In recent years, the Rugby Football Union has dedicated itself to making rugby as accessible as possible for anyone who wants to play, regardless of age, ability or gender. As a result, variants of the game like beach, tag and touch rugby have been developed, and there are now more ways than ever to get on the pitch. While the rules of these games are new, the teamwork, respect and sportsmanship that has always been a key part of rugby remain. Alongside these variants, the fifteen-a-side game still thrives and has room for players of all shapes and sizes. Small, fast wingers; tall, rangy locks; and stout, tough props are all vitally important to any team.

An Overview of Rugby Union

You can run with the ball, kick it and pass it, but passing the ball forwards is not allowed.

There are several ways to score points.

  • A try - five points are awarded for touching the ball down in your opponent's goal area.
  • A conversion - two points are added for a successful kick through the goalposts after a try
  • A goal kick - three points are awarded for a penalty kick or drop goal through the posts


From scrummaging to tackling, to sprinting with the ball, this can be a high intensity workout that will boost both your fitness and your strength.


Costs will vary across the country from club to club.


  • Boots
  • Rugby Ball
  • Headguard
  • Mouthguard


  • England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, defeating Australia 20-17 in the Final.
  • Jonny Wilkinson kicked a dropped goal in the final minute to seal England's win.

Find Rugby Union Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Engage. Try. Convert.

Engage. Try. Convert aims to engage 16-24 year olds from Eastern European communities across Northamptonshire in Rugby Union.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

Rugby Football Union

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0871 222 2120
Northampton Outlaws RFC

Northampton Outlaws RFC

Northamptons premier gay/inclusive rugby club. Open to everyone regardless of age, race, gender identity or sexual orientation. No experience necessary, we play local matches and national/international matches/tournaments against other inclusive sides.

University of Northampton Students' Union

University of Northampton Students' Union

Various University sports clubs ranging from Volleyball to Cheerleading.

The Cube Disability Academy

The Cube Disability Academy

We provide a fun and modern care service for adults with learning disabilities and autism. We run sporting in activities in a variety of sports across Northamptonshire.

Kettering Rugby Football Club Limited

Kettering Rugby Football Club Limited

Rugby Football (15 aside, 7 aside and O2 Touch) in all its forms for all ages, including 12 - 18 girls.

Wooden Spoon: The Children’s Charity for Rugby

Wooden Spoon: The Children’s Charity for Rugby

Their main beneficiaries are under 25 years of age and disadvantaged by way of physical or mental disability or social deprivation – or any combination of the three. Please ensure you read the Wooden Spoon project criteria before applying.

Alex Le Guével

Sports Development Officer (NGB's)

01604 367133

Ian Renard

Rugby Development Officer - Northamptonshire

07545 602742