Welcome to Rugby

Rugby is played throughout the world by men and women, boys and girls. Players are attracted to Rugby because of its unique character-building values.

Our sport is built upon the principles of camaraderie, fair play, respect and teamwork. Every player knows these principles are more important than winning or losing.

From the earliest steps in our sport, players are taught the basics of playing fair, enjoying the game and respecting the officials and opponents alike.


World Rugby delivers a whole range of development services and programmes to help develop rugby globally. These resources can be access through the World Rugby Passport. The online facilities provide a wealth of information, resources and assistance on all aspects of rugby from getting into rugby, playing all forms of the game, officiating and coaching as well as details that are important to you, the player, on welfare and training.



There are over 6.6million players across 120 countries participating in rugby on a regular basis.

Why not tell us what you love about our sport and why you play the game? #WHYIPLAYRUGBY

What is Rugby?

Find Your Member Union

There are 120 Member Unions globally, each one responsible for managing the game and the development of the game in its country from grassroots level to Elite performance. Your Member Union will be able to help you Get into Rugby or develop your game.

Values of World Rugby


Integrity is central to the fabric of the Game and is generated through honesty and fair play.


Rugby people have a passionate enthusiasm for the Game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global Rugby Family.


Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to life-long friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences.


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 for team mates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the Game is paramount.