Playing Safely

Rugby Union

Rugby is a Game played by two teams which physically contest for the ball, within the Laws of the Game and in the Spirit of Fair Play, in order to score points. If you are completely new to Rugby, we recommend that you read the IRB Beginner's Guide to Rugby Union, which you can download from:

Rugby is a sport for all which is proud of its values and remains true to them. The Game's core values are:

  • INTEGRITY - Integrity is central to the fabric of the Game and is generated through honesty and fair play
  • PASSION - Rugby people have a passionate enthusiasm for the Game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global Rugby family
  • SOLIDARITY - Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to lifelong friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences
  • DISCIPLINE - Discipline is an integral part of the Game, both on and off the field, and is reflected through adherence to the Laws, the Regulations and Rugby's core values
  • RESPECT - Respect for team mates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the Game is paramount

WHO is Rugby Ready aimed at?

The Rugby Ready resources are designed for all participants in the Game of Rugby: players, coaches, match officials, parents, spectators, volunteers and administrators.

WHY is it necessary?

As Rugby is a contact sport, the welfare of all participants is paramount and is the responsibility of all involved. Good resources and face-to-face delivery assist the participant in the knowledge and application of good practice in all areas of participation in Rugby. Rugby Ready can either compliment existing resources or courses, and be integrated within those programmes, or can be used as a stand alone course or resource.

HOW does it work?

Rugby Ready aims to raise awareness by providing models of good practice, game context, key points for players, coaching tips, referee tips and a self-check test. The face-to-face courses are delivered by IRB Licensed Educators.

WHEN and WHERE can I do it?

Rugby Ready can be undertaken at any time via the web. If you pass the self-check test, the site will generate a certificate for you. The IRB and national Unions encourage participants to regularly update their knowledge. Rugby Ready as a face-to-face course can be delivered in almost any context.