Rugby Ready - World Rugby's preparation resource


Sport offers a number of benefits for those who take part. These benefits cover a wide variety of areas including physical and mental health and a broadening of cultural and social awareness. Training is designed to prepare you physically, mentally and technically for the Game. To maintain good health and to help prevent injury and illness, players, coaches and associated medical staff should focus on maintaining a healthy body through proper training, diet, stress management and rest.
Fitness through exercise

The health benefits of Rugby are many and varied, and at the most basic level, Rugby is a great way of increasing the time spent doing physical activity. Current guidelines* suggest that adults should achieve a total of at least 30 minutes a day of at least moderate intensity physical activity on five or more days of the week. For children, the recommendation is at least 60 minutes of at least moderate intensity physical activity each day. At least twice a week this should include activities to improve bone health, muscle strength and flexibility.

Rugby for young people -
a sport for all shapes and sizes

Rugby is a game that is uniquely suited for all shapes and sizes, girls and boys, all ages and abilities. It can be enjoyed in many forms, from fifteens to sevens to non-contact games and can even be played on the beach or on snow. There is a level of participation for every child to enjoy.

By applying a holistic approach, Rugby and other sports can play a prominent role in promoting a healthy lifestyle, allowing players to enjoy a lifetime of sporting participation.

* Source: UK Department of Health

1. Try Rugby / Try Sport

Encouraging participation and promoting enjoyment, whatever the child’s ability, is a positive way to make the first significant steps towards developing a healthy lifestyle.

2. Social skills development

Participation in team sports in particular stimulates inclusion and interaction. It builds self-confidence and self-esteem, and forges the fellowships and friendships that are unique to sport and values such as integrity, solidarity and respect amongst others that are characteristic of Rugby.

3. Mental skills awareness

Through participation and structured training, Rugby develops the key mental skills of self control, concentration, discipline, decision making and leadership. Such important skills transcend all aspects of daily life.

4. Diet and nutrition

A balanced diet is key to sustaining the energy levels necessary to compete and train at every level of the Game. This also plays an important role in boosting energy levels for everyday life, improving concentration and performance and promoting a healthy lifestyle.