About Rugby

Rugby Guides and More

On these pages, you will find three types of rugby guides:

  1. Printable introductions to rugby for spectators and new players
  2. Videos introducing the sport to newcomers
  3. Instructional videos for players to learn basic skills and individual positions

Multi-Sport Athletes

Learn about the many benefits of playing rugby for football players, soccer players, wrestlers, basketball players, or track and field athletes.

Game Management Guidelines

USA Rugby publishes the Game Management Guidelines to advise referees on how to ensure matches are played fairly and safely. It is a useful resource for coaches, players, and parents to know what to expect in a match.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our FAQ for answers to questions such as:

  • Isn't rugby dangerous?
  • Do you have to be big and strong to play?
  • How much does it cost?

  • Spectators Guide to Rugby
  • Beginner's Guide to Rugby Union
  • Game Management Guidelines

  • Rugby for Beginners
  • Rugby 101
  • Rugby Rules for Beginners
  • Non-stop rugby!

  • How to Do Line-Outs
  • Passing Master Class
  • Goal-Kicking Master Class
  • Rugby Kicking Technique
  • Drop Goal Master Class
  • Assist Tackles
  • Flanker play after a scrum

  • Rugby 101: Understanding Player Positions
  • How to Play Prop (#1 or #3)
  • How to Play Hooker (#2)
  • How to Play Lock - "Second Row" (#4 or #5)
  • How to Play Flanker (#6 or #7)
  • How to Play Number 8 (#8)
  • How to Play Scrum Half (#9)
  • How to Play Fly Half (#10)
  • How to Play Center (#12 or #13)
  • How to Play Wing (#11 or #14)
  • How to Play Fullback (#15)