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Rugby Union

Rugby union is a contact sport where aim is to use the ball to score more points than the other team.

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Touch Rugby

An Overview of Rugby Union

You can run with the ball, kick it and pass it, but passing the ball forwards is not allowed.

There are several ways to score points.

  • A try - five points are awarded for touching the ball down in your opponent's goal area.
  • A conversion - two points are added for a successful kick through the goalposts after a try
  • A goal kick - three points are awarded for a penalty kick or drop goal through the posts


From scrummaging to tackling, to sprinting with the ball, this can be a high intensity workout that will boost both your fitness and your strength.


Costs will vary across the country from club to club.


  • Boots
  • Rugby Ball
  • Headguard
  • Mouthguard


  • England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, defeating Australia 20 points to 17.
  • Jonny Wilkinson kicked a dropped goal in the final minute to seal England's win.

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Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Football Club

Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Football Club

Rugby for men women boys and girls of all ages. Excellent facilities in the heart of Tonbridge.

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Rugby Union Women, Men, Minis, Youth (boys& girls teams) from age 5 through to Vets not only a great way to keep active but also a great place to socialise and make friends social Calender throughout the year alongside fixtures

Gravesend Dynamite Wheelchair Rugby League

Gravesend Dynamite Wheelchair Rugby League

We are an inclusive sports club for all: males, females, youths, children, adults, families, disabled and able bodied all participating together in sports chairs - all equipment is provided.
Hidden disabilities and physical disabilities or no disabilitie



Based in Cranbrook, Kent, we run school holiday camps teaching Southern Hemisphere style rugby to boys and girls from under 7s through to under 13s.

Sheppey Rugby Football Club

Sheppey Rugby Football Club

We are a fully accredited and friendly, community rugby club catering for teams of all ages. We welcome playing members of any ability and non playing social members.

Askean RFC

Askean RFC

Askeans are a grass roots rugby club.
After many years of ground sharing we now have a permanent home at The Rectory Field, Blackheath.
We compete in the Kent 2 league

Wooden Spoon: The Children’s Charity for Rugby

Wooden Spoon: The Children’s Charity for Rugby

Their main beneficiaries are under 25 years of age and disadvantaged by way of physical or mental disability or social deprivation – or any combination of the three. Please ensure you read the Wooden Spoon project criteria before applying.