The rules


Beginners guide to rugby

Consult World Rugby Beginners guide to rugby for a good overview of the sport.


Rugby rules
The objective of rugby is to score more points than the opponent. To achieve this, a player can:

  • Touch the ball to the ground in his opponent end zone, the in-goal;
  • Kick the ball between the goal posts


On offense, players can use lateral passes or forward kick to beat opponent’s defense.

On defense, players try to stop their opponents by tackling them to the ground (avoiding contact to the head). Once the ball carrier is on the ground, he must release the ball to allow a standing player to recover it. The tackler must also let him go. This rule makes rugby very fast pace, with little interruptions.

Rugby teams are usually made up of players with specific roles, depending on their strengths and weaknesses, making the game both accessible and strategic.


To learn more about this topic

Visit World Rugby website to find more about rugby rules.

Download World Rugby Laws of the Game.


Basic equipment

  • Sweater;
  • Shorts
  • Cleats;
  • Mouthguards.


Additional equipment

  • Shin guards conform to World Rugby regulations;
  • Ankle patches worn under socks, covering more than a third of the length of the tibia, in non-metallic material;
  • Rugby gloves (fingerless) conform to World Rugby regulations;
  • Helmets conform to World Rugby regulations.


Prohibited equipment

  • Abrasive or sharp equipment;
  • Bloodstained equipment;
  • Equipment containing buckles, clips, rings, hinges, zippers, etc .;
  • Jewelry (rings or earrings);
  • Non-conform gloves;
  • Shorts with padding sewn on the inside.