Rugby is an intensely physical team sport where players attempt to run, throw, or kick a ball to the opposing teams side. First played in early 19th century England, rugby has since become the second most popular team sport in the world. Each game is played by two teams of 15 players who attempt to pass or kick a ball laterally or backwards without being tackled. After two 40 minute halves, the team that gained the most points from successful tries, goals, and drop goals, wins the game. Despite intense popularity, Rugby has only been played as an Olympic sport four times.

How long is a rugby match?


There are two 40-minute halves that equal out to 80 minutes of playing time. Time is also affected on whether the match goes into extra time in knockout stages if so, there are two extra time periods that last 10 minutes each.

What is a scrum in rugby?


A scrum is a form of restarting play in rugby. It involving players jumping on each other and interlocking arms and head to fighting for possession of the ball when the ball is lost and neither team has possession.

How do you play rugby?

Two teams of 15 players each fight for possession of the ball to score into the opposing endzone by carrying, passing, or kicking the ball. The match is started off with a kickoff and the receiving team can score to get five points.

Rugby Guides
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6’6” | 1.98 m
September 19, 1985
Alun Wyn Jones
198.000
1985.00
34000
GUIDE
3D
Alun Wyn Jones
6’2" | 1.88 m
May 27, 1991
Beauden Barrett
188.000
1991.00
40000
GUIDE
3D
Beauden Barrett
5’11” | 1.80 m
June 12, 1983
Bryan Habana
180.000
1983.00
14000
GUIDE
3D
Bryan Habana
5’10” | 1.78 m
March 5, 1982
Dan Carter
178.000
1982.00
37000
GUIDE
3D
Dan Carter
6’5" | 1.96 m
May 12, 1975
Jonah Lomu
196.000
1975.00
98000
GUIDE
3D
Jonah Lomu
5’10” | 1.78 m
May 25, 1979
Jonny Wilkinson
178.000
1979.00
33000
GUIDE
3D
Jonny Wilkinson
6’4” | 1.93 m
October 26, 1985
Kieran Read
193.000
1985.00
21000
GUIDE
3D
Kieran Read
6’7” | 2.01 m
March 9, 1970
Martin Johnson
201.000
1970.00
17000
GUIDE
3D
Martin Johnson
6’2" | 1.88 m
September 24, 1991
Owen Farrell
188.000
1991.00
89000
GUIDE
3D
Owen Farrell
6’2" | 1.88 m
December 31, 1980
Richie McCaw
188.000
1980.00
33000
GUIDE
3D
Richie McCaw
7.27”-7.77” | 18.46-19.74 cm (Short)
11”-12” | 28-30 cm
14-16 oz | 400-450 g
Rugby Ball
19.740
30.000
0.450
1700
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Rugby BallPerspective view of a 3D model of a Rugby BallPerspective view of a 3D model of a Rugby Ball
52.5’ | 16 m (Minimum)
18.71’-19.03’ | 5.7-5.8 m (Overall)
Rugby Goal Post
1600.000
580.000
70
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Rugby Goal PostPerspective view of a 3D model of a Rugby Goal PostPerspective view of a 3D model of a Rugby Goal Post
223’ | 68 m
367.5’-400.25’ | 112-122 m
81,978-89,297 ft² | 7616-8296 m²
Rugby Pitch - League
6800.000
12200.000
8296.00
900
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Rugby Pitch - LeagueView of a League Rugby Pitch in 3D available for downloadView of a League Rugby Pitch in 3D available for download
223.1’-229.66’ | 68-70 m
347.77’-472.44’ | 106-144 m
77,586-108,500 ft² | 7208-10080 m²
Rugby Pitch - Union
7000.000
14400.000
10080.00
900
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Rugby Pitch - Union3D model of a Union Rugby Pitch viewed in perspective3D model of a Union Rugby Pitch viewed in perspective
6’5" | 1.96 m
September 12, 1983
Sergio Parisse
196.000
1983.00
17000
GUIDE
3D
Sergio Parisse
5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
May 7, 1959
Steve Hansen
178.000
1959.00
18000
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3D
Steve Hansen
Richie McCaw
Height comparison diagram of Richie McCaw compared to other rugby players

Richie McCaw is a former New Zealand professional rugby union player with several tags, awards, and accolades. He was once All Black's captain, two-time Rugby World Cup winner, three-time World Rugby Player of the Year, and a record holder for most-capped rugby player of the year for five straight years (from 2015 to 2020). Richie made twenty-seven tries and preferred the openside flanker position, but would also switch to be a blindside flanker. He won seven Tri-Nations titles, three Grand Slam tours, and eight Bledisloe Cups with the All Blacks. With the Crusaders, he won four Super Rugby titles and five NPC (later Mitre10 Cup) with Canterbury. He has been admitted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame and awarded the Order of New Zealand.

Richie McCaw has a height of 6’2" (1.88 m).

Collection of drawings of Richie McCaw measured with overall height
Richie McCaw is a former New Zealand professional rugby union player with several tags, awards and accolades. He was once All Black's captain, two-time Rugby World Cup winner, three-time World Rugby Player of the Year and a record holder for most-capped rugby player of the year for 5 straight years.

Richie McCaw has a height of 6’2" (1.88 m).

Collection of drawings of Richie McCaw measured with overall height
Richie McCaw
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6’2" | 1.88 m
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Nationality: New Zealand

Position: Number 8, Flanker

Years Active: 2000-2015

Birthday
December 31, 1980

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Richie McCaw standing, running, stance

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Dan Carter
Height comparison diagram of Dan Carter compared to other rugby players

In test match rugby, New Zealand's rugby player Dan Carter is the highest point scorer besides being considered the best fly-half in rugby history. The former All Blacks player is currently with Super Rugby and plays either center position or as the first-five eighth. Dan has been a three-time International Rugby Board (IRB) Player of the Year, won three Super Rugby titles, and has twenty-nine tries under his belt. He won nine Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships with the All Blacks. Other accolades include being a five-time NPC/Air New Zealand Cup Champion, Ranfurly Shield holder, and Super Cup Centurion.

Dan Carter has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Collection of drawings of Dan Carter measured with overall height
In test match rugby, New Zealand's rugby player Dan Carter is the highest point scorer besides being considered the best fly-half in rugby history. The former All Blacks player is currently with Super Rugby and plays either center position or as the first-five eighth.

Dan Carter has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Collection of drawings of Dan Carter measured with overall height
Dan Carter
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Nationality: New Zealand

Position: Fly-Half, Centre

Years Active: 2002—

Birthday
March 5, 1982

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Dan Carter standing, running, stance

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Rugby Pitch - Union
Drawing of a Union Rugby Pitch compared to other similar sports fields

The Union Rugby Pitch is the Olympic-sized rectangular grass field defined by the area of play and in-goal areas in a Union Rugby match. Union Rugby Pitches are differentiated from League Rugby by a larger field of play and the designation of the 22m line. The general area of play is located between the goal lines and the touchlines, and is where much of the game occurs. The in-goal areas are between the goal line and the dead ball line, and contain the goal posts. Along the field are distance markers to signify distances along the field. Players can score a try by placing the ball inside the in-goal area, and score a goal by aiming the ball through the opposing goal posts.

Union Rugby Pitches have an overall length between 347.77’-472.44’ (106-144 m) and width of 223.1’-229.66’ (68-70 m) for a total area of 77,586-108,500 ft² (7208-10080 m²). The area of play between the Try-Lines is 328’ (100 m) with In-Goal Areas varying from 19.69’-72.18’ (6-22 m). The Union Rugby Pitch is marked with 10m and 22m lines with two sets of broken distance lines at 16.4' and 49.21' (5 and 15 m) from the touch lines.

Top view drawing of a Union Rugby Pitch measured with length, width, and pitch markings
The Union Rugby Pitch is a rectangular grass field defined by the area of play and in-goal areas in a Union Rugby match. Union Rugby Pitches are differentiated from League Rugby by a larger field of play and the designation of the 22m line. The general area of play is located between goal lines.

Union Rugby Pitches have an overall length between 347.77’-472.44’ (106-144 m) and width of 223.1’-229.66’ (68-70 m) for a total area of 77,586-108,500 ft² (7208-10080 m²). The area of play between the Try-Lines is 328’ (100 m) with In-Goal Areas varying from 19.69’-72.18’ (6-22 m). The Union Rugby Pitch is marked with 10m and 22m lines with two sets of broken distance lines at 16.4' and 49.21' (5 and 15 m) from the touch lines.

Top view drawing of a Union Rugby Pitch measured with length, width, and pitch markings
Rugby Pitch - Union
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223.1’-229.66’ | 68-70 m
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347.77’-472.44’ | 106-144 m
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77,586-108,500 ft² | 7208-10080 m²

Try-Lines: 328’ | 100 m
In-Goal Area: 19.69’-72.18’ | 6-22 m
Broken Distance Lines: 16.4’, 49.21’ | 5 m, 15 m (from Touchline)
10m Line: 32.8’ | 10 m (from Half-way Line)
22m Line: 72.18’ | 22 m (from Try-Line)
Clearance: 16.4’ | 5 m
Field Markings: 6” | 15.2 cm (Touch, Goal, Dead ball); 4” | 10.2 cm (Broken)
Field Numbers: 6.56’ | 2 m (Optional)
Surface Materials: Natural or artificial turf

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Rugby Pitch (Union) plan

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Rugby Pitch - League
Group of scaled illustrations of various sports fields compared to the League Rugby Pitch

The League Rugby Pitch is a rectangular grass field defined by the area of play and in-goal areas in a League Rugby match. League Rugby Pitches are differentiated from Union Rugby by a smaller field of play and the regular repetition of 10m lines across the field of play. The general area of play is located between the goal lines and the touchlines, and is where much of the game occurs. The in-goal areas are between the goal line and the dead ball line, and contain the goal posts. Along the field are distance markers to signify distances along the field. Players can score a try by placing the ball inside the in-goal area, and score a goal by aiming the ball through the opposing goal posts.

League Rugby Pitches have an overall length between 367.5’-400.25’ (112-122 m) and width of 223’ (68 m) for a total area of 81,978-89,297 ft² (7616-8296 m²). The area of play between the Try-Lines is 328’ (100 m) with In-Goal Areas varying from 19.69’-36.09’ (6-11 m). The League Rugby Pitch is marked every 32.8’ (10 m) with broken distance lines 32.8’ (10 m) from the touch lines.

Dimensioned plan drawing of a League Rugby Pitch measuring total length, width, and various field markings
The League Rugby Pitch is a rectangular grass field defined by the area of play and in-goal areas in a League Rugby match. League Rugby Pitches are differentiated from Union Rugby by a smaller field of play and the regular repetition of 10m lines across the field of play.

League Rugby Pitches have an overall length between 367.5’-400.25’ (112-122 m) and width of 223’ (68 m) for a total area of 81,978-89,297 ft² (7616-8296 m²). The area of play between the Try-Lines is 328’ (100 m) with In-Goal Areas varying from 19.69’-36.09’ (6-11 m). The League Rugby Pitch is marked every 32.8’ (10 m) with broken distance lines 32.8’ (10 m) from the touch lines.

Dimensioned plan drawing of a League Rugby Pitch measuring total length, width, and various field markings
Rugby Pitch - League
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223’ | 68 m
Length:
367.5’-400.25’ | 112-122 m
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
81,978-89,297 ft² | 7616-8296 m²

Try-Lines: 328’ | 100 m
In-Goal Area: 19.69’-36.09’ | 6-11 m
Broken Distance Lines: 32.8’ | 10 m (from touch line)
Clearance: 16.4’ | 5 m
Field Markings: 6” | 15.2 cm (Touch, Goal, Dead ball); 4” | 10.2 cm (Broken)
Field Numbers: 6.56’ | 2 m (Optional)

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Rugby Pitch (League) plan

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Kieran Read
Height comparison diagram of Kieran Read compared to other rugby players

Kieran Read is a rugby union player from New Zealand but currently plays in the Japanese top league for Toyota Verblitz. He was once the All Blacks captain and influential in helping his country win the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups and the Super Rugby title for the Crusaders. Kieran has played as a blindside flanker and has scored twenty-six tries, and was once one of the most capped players with multiple World Cup wins. He is a seven-time Freedom Cup winner, five-time Dave Gallaher Trophy holder, eleven-time Bledisloe cup winner, three-time New Zealand Player of the Year, and a World Player of the Year.

Kieran Read has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Collection of drawings of Kieran Read measured with overall height
Kieran Read is a rugby union player from New Zealand but currently plays in the Japanese top league for Toyota Verblitz. He was once the All Blacks captain and influential in helping his country win the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups and the Super Rugby title for the Crusaders.

Kieran Read has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Collection of drawings of Kieran Read measured with overall height
Kieran Read
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6’4” | 1.93 m
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Nationality: New Zealand

Position: Number 8, Flanker

Years Active: 2005—

Birthday
October 26, 1985

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Kieran Read standing, running, stance

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