About Rugby

Rugby is a game that is played in over 120 countries throughout the world.  The game is played at local community rugby clubs, schools, at professional Super 15 franchises, internationally in Rugby World Cup and IRB seven-a-side tournaments, and at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.  Children as young as five greatly enjoy rugby through non-contact versions of the game.

Much of its value comes from its rich history, traditions, camaraderie and community involvement with the sport.

Rugby is played both as a fifteen-a-side game, and is also very popular as seven-a-side. Other lesser-played versions are ten-a-side, and touch rugby, where no tackling is allowed.

The object of the game is that two teams of fifteen players each, should score as many points as possible, by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding the ball with the team scoring the greater number of points being the winner of the match. It is classified as an ‘end zone invasion game’. The aim of each team is to gain possession of the ball, take it into opposition territory and to place it in the in-goal area (end zone).

Values of the Game

Rugby Union is a game that develops leadership, team spirit, courage, sportsmanship, and friendship. These values and traditions develop from the first time a young player shakes hands with their opposite number, leading to a life-long passion for and involvement with the game at all levels. Foremost, the game of Rugby embodies the best Australian values and the nation’s indomitable spirit. The key values of the game of rugby consist of Australian pride, team work and camaraderie, love of the game, and tradition and heritage.