Rugby Union is a popular global sport that’s values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect are up-held and entrenched with in the laws of the game. Rugby is a team sport that delivers significant social and health benefits as well as elite and social competition.
In Victoria there is rugby for all ages and abilities, from 4 year olds to the professional team of the Melbourne Rebels.
There a number of ways to play Rugby including 15-a-side, Rugby 7s and Foxtel Touch 7s (non-contact).
Frequestly Asked Quesitons (FAQs) about Rugby Union:
Q: What is Rugby Union?
A: Rugby Union is a popular global sport that’s values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect are up-held and entrenched with in the laws of the game. Rugby is a team sport that delivers significant social and health benefits as well as elite and social competition.
Rugby can be a demanding sport and players should be physically and mentally prepared, and understand how to play safely. It is the responsibility of all - players, coaches and parents - to ensure that a positive, safe, enjoyable environment is created for ALL players regardless of any perceived difference. Want to learn more – get ‘Rugby Ready’ http://rugbyready.worldrugby.org/?language=EN
Source: World Rugby
Q: How do you play Rugby Union
A: Put simply, rugby is a territorial invasion game where the team in possession of the ball seeks to advance the ball forward by running, kicking or passing (backwards) to teammates in the hope of scoring a ‘try’ in the ‘in-goal’ area. The role of the team without the ball is to prevent the advancement of the ball and to contest possession in contact areas such as the
tackle, ruck, maul, re-starts and set-piece (scrum and line-out).
Click the following link for a beginners guide to rugby union https://passport.worldrugby.org/?page=beginners
Q: Who are ‘Rugby Victoria’?
A: Rugby Victoria (Formerly known as the Victorian Rugby Union - VRU) is the governing body for Rugby Union within the state of Victoria. The governance of Rugby Union is Victoria is underpinned by the following values:
- Make Rugby a game for all
- Ignite Victoria’s passion for the game
- Build sustainable elite success
- Create excellence in how the game is run
Q: We keep hearing that rugby union can be dangerous, is this a fair representation of the sport?
A: Rugby is a physical sport, but a sport that delivers significant social and health benefits. Player welfare is the number one priority for World Rugby and its Member Unions and education of the best-possible techniques to train and play is important for being physically and mentally prepared. You also need to understand how to play safely. The World Rugby ‘Rugby Ready’ program, and other national union programs, educate, aid and support players, coaches, match officials and Unions on the importance of sufficient preparation for training and playing in order for Rugby to be played and enjoyed while reducing the risk of serious injury. All coaches and referees in Victoria are required to be ‘Smart Rugby’ accredited before coaching or officiating rugby union at any level. For more information or to complete your smart rugby accreditation, visit http://www.rugbyaustralia.com.au/coaching/RugbyLearningCentre.aspx
Source: World Rugby
Q: My child is relatively small for his/her age, can they still play rugby?
A: Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes and that is one of the sport’s main strengths and attractions because the sum of a team’s parts is always greater than any one individual. In rugby there are forwards, whose role and job it is generally to win the ball from the opposition and compete at most of the more contact-driven areas such as the scrum, the line-out, the ruck and the maul. Forwards tend to be heavier, more powerful players and also taller for winning the ball at the line-out and the restart.
There are also backs, who tend to be a bit faster and whose game is based more on taking advantage of the space created by the forwards’ hard work. Even among the backs there are players who need to be better at passing, kicking, strategizing and simply running, so whatever size or shape, age or gender you are, there should be a position ready-made for you.
There are also non-contact forms of Rugby such as Viva 7s and Touch-tackle variations, meaning that there really is a form of the Game for all abilities, shapes and sizes.
Source: World Rugby
Q: How do I find a club in Victoria?
A: There are 26 clubs across both metropolitan and regional Victoria with varying teams and age groups offered. All clubs welcome and encourage new members; whether you are player, coach or seeking to volunteer in some other capacity don’t hesitate to get in contact with your local club. Please click the following link to see club locations and contact details Find a Club