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Rugby is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th Century. There are two codes of rugby – league and union.  Both sports are played nationally and internationally and have their own governing bodies – the RFL and RFU.

The Basics

In rugby league each team is given six tackles or chances to score.  If after this they have not scored the ball is handed to the other team who then get the chance to score with their six tackles. There are 13 players per team on the field at any one time.

In rugby union you can run with the ball, kick it and pass it but passing forwards is not allowed.  In rugby union you can tackle an opponent in order to get the ball as long as you stay within the rules. There are 15 players per team on the field at any one time.

The Benefits

From developing core stability to improving cardiovascular ability, the health benefits of rugby are numerous and varied, and at the most basic level, rugby is a method of increasing the time spent doing physical activity. There are a vast number of ways in which people of all ages can achieve these health benefits through playing rugby - and not just in 15-a-side leagues games but also in rugby sevens, tens, tag or touch rugby.

Try rugby

If you are interested in trying rugby union then visit www.rfu.com. If rugby league sounds more up your street then visit www.therfl.co.uk.

Everyone Active has partnership with a number of rugby clubs in its centres throughout the UK.  To find out if your local leisure centre has a link to a rugby club visit our centre finder and click on your nearest centre.


Participating Centres

This activity is available in other centres too. To be directed to the centre that offers this activity as well, please select the district council first and then the centre from the below dropdown list. You will automatically be redirected to the centre page on centre selection.

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