Ruck and Roll!

There are rumours that rugby started during a game of football in 1823 when William Webb Ellis decided to pick up the ball and ran with it instead - honestly! Either way, the first laws of rugby were written up in 1845 and the RFU was founded in 1871 and the first international rugby match was played that year between England and Scotland.

These days, rugby is one of the most popular sports in the world. England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, which no doubt has helped contribute to it’s popularity in the UK. There are loads of clubs playing week in week out, which means lots of opportunities for your little ones to play. Who knows, you could have the next Jonny Wilkinson sitting on your lap with a dirty nappy right now and you’d have no idea!

Did you know?

Ever wondered why a try is called a try In the early days, when a player got over the line and put the ball onto the ground, they were allowed a ‘try’ at scoring a goal via a placed kick. Originally players got absolutely nothing for a try at all, and only got 1 point if they scored the goal! As this was the case, the first international rugby game between England and Scotland reads like a football score...1-0 to Scotland.

Suits kids who are…

  • Athletic
  • Courageous
  • Robust

3 reasons to get into Rugby

  • Rugby teaches a whole load of things to kids.

    Teamwork, responsibilities, name it, rugby encourages it! In rugby, the team with the best teamwork and not necessarily best players will win most time. This teaches children the importance of teamwork and communication between teammates too. There are strict rugby rule as well, which teaches kids that they’ve got to toe the line - or they’ll get sin-binned!

  • Rugby has a position for every child!

    Sometimes when people they think of rugby, they think that you have to be built like a machine - but with different positions come different requirements! If your child is bigger than most, they’d make a suitable hooker. If they’re a bit smaller, they’d make a suitable winger! There’s a place for everyone on a rugby team.

  • There are lots of different types of Rugby.

    When kids first start playing rugby at a young age, they’ll most likely be doing touch rugby. Once they’re a bit older, they could choose to play rugby league, rugby union, tag rugby...the list goes on! The different variants of rugby means it will always be interesting and fresh for children and they’re getting to learn how to play multiple games for the price of one!

I never ever believed that I would be able to give up on this dream which has driven me to live, breathe, love and embrace the game of rugby from the earliest days that I can remember.
England World Cup Winner and legend Jonny Wilkinson

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