Rugby Union

Rugby Union is a fun and inclusive sport with formats ranging from non-contact, reduced contact, and the 15-a-side version with scrums, lineouts, and contact – rugby union has something for everyone.
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What is rugby union?

Through the School Games, rugby union offer is accessible for schools, teachers, and School Games Organisers, and is suitable for pupils from primary to Sixth Form age.

For primary schools, the Mega Fest offer focuses on the delivery of a number of activities which develop a wide range of transferrable sporting skills and TAG rugby. 

For secondary schools and within colleges, formats include the non-contact Touch Union and reduced contact XRugby, which can be 5,7 or 10-a-side. These formats are all easy to teach, officiate and are suitable for male and female teams.

Find out more about how to play rugby union formats, and watch the how-to videos for each format.

Equipment needed

  • Ruby balls
  • Tag belts
  • Bibs
  • Cones / safety markers
  • Suitable outdoor pitch space

Get involved

The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, either within school, against other local schools, or at county or regional level.

School Games Organisers

School Games Organisers (SGO) help schools coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club.

Sign up to find your local SGO

Quick and easy rugby union activities

Be it 10-minute or lesson-length activities, we have a range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities to encourage young people to stay active throughout the day.

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