In recent years the Rugby Football Union has dedicated itself to making rugby as accessible as possible for anyone who wants to play, regardless of age, ability or gender.
As a result, variants of the game like beach, tag and touch rugby have been developed, and there are now more ways than ever to get on the pitch. While the rules of these games are new, the teamwork, respect and sportsmanship that has always been a key part of rugby remain.
Alongside these variants the fifteen-a-side game still thrives and has room for players of all shapes and sizes. Small, fast wingers; tall, rangy locks; and stout, tough props are all vitally important to any team.
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Rugby Football Union (RFU)
The Rugby Football Union is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England, with 2,000 autonomous rugby clubs in its membership.
The clubs are grouped within 35 Constituent Bodies (CBs), comprised of counties – some individual, some combined – the three armed forces, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, England Schools Rugby Football Union and England Students.
All of this is supported by the RFU's 50 Rugby Development Officers, six Area Managers and 120 Community Rugby Coaches across the country, who provide some 30,000 coaching sessions a year for young people.
Rugby doesn't just mean fifteen heavyweight men crashing around in the mud anymore, that still goes on, but there are now variants of the game played across the country that will suit almost any age, shape or experience. Find your local club and get involved!
For more information contact
Oxfordshire Rugby Development Officer
Tel: 01865 741380