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Rugby Union

What is Rugby Union?

Rugby union is a contact sport where aim is to use the ball to score more points than the other team.

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 points to 17.
  • Jonny Wilkinson kicked a dropped goal in the final minute to seal England's win.


Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

Local Programmes

Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Athletes

Take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current athletes, supported by the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

School Games (Leicester-Shire & Rutland)

A unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

Trans World Educational Experiences

Trans World (TWEDEX) are one of the biggest providers of sports tours, aimed to educate, empower and inspire the minds of young people.

National Programmes

Find Rugby

Rugby union's a game for everyone: big lads, small girls - thinkers, sprinters - veterans, youngsters - it's a family sport, a social game - put your name down and come on in!

O2 Touch

O2 Touch offers players the lighter side of Rugby. Fast paced, skillful, non contact and for any ability O2 Touch gives you the chance to play hard, learn new skills and have fun

Return to Rugby

England Rugby and Lewis Moody want you to get back in the game and Return to Rugby.

Local Contacts

Jenna Bonser

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Development Officer


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  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Equality Standard
  • County Sport Network
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • East Midlands Platform
    Rutland County Council
  • Sport England
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Harborough District Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • Leicester City Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • Loughborough University
    Blaby District Council
  • Age UK L&R