A great place to get started (or refreshed) on the rules of rugby is this handy downloadable Beginner's Guide to Rugby in PDF.

Basic Principals of Rugby


The ball carrier should: 

    • Look for gaps in the defense and run through them to score, If there are no gaps, pass to a teammate who is in a better position to run through gaps

    • To create space for the teammate, run straight at a defender so that this player cannot defend the teammate as well as the ball carrier 

    • The supporting player run close enough to the ball carrier for the ball to be passed accurately.

     Be able to support on either side – left or right 

      Do Not run ahead of the ball carrier, as the ball cannot be passed forward 

      Communicate positioning to the ball carrier


    • Look up, Build a wall of defenseStay disciplined, Attack inside out, Get into the attacker’s space, Attack the ball, Communicate

Additional Resources
  1. http://www.facebook.com/kernyouthrugby - Kern Youth Rugby Facebook page
  2. www.usarugby.org – USA Rugby Website
  3. https://socalyouth.rugby- SoCal Youth Rugby Union website
  4. Rookie Rugby / Flag Rule