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
3D
Alun Wyn Jones
6’2" | 1.88 m
May 27, 1991
Beauden Barrett
188.000
1991.00
40000
3D
Beauden Barrett
5’11” | 1.80 m
June 12, 1983
Bryan Habana
180.000
1983.00
14000
3D
Bryan Habana
5’10” | 1.78 m
March 5, 1982
Dan Carter
178.000
1982.00
37000
3D
Dan Carter
6’5" | 1.96 m
May 12, 1975
Jonah Lomu
196.000
1975.00
98000
3D
Jonah Lomu
5’10” | 1.78 m
May 25, 1979
Jonny Wilkinson
178.000
1979.00
33000
3D
Jonny Wilkinson
6’4” | 1.93 m
October 26, 1985
Kieran Read
193.000
1985.00
21000
3D
Kieran Read
6’7” | 2.01 m
March 9, 1970
Martin Johnson
201.000
1970.00
17000
3D
Martin Johnson
6’2" | 1.88 m
September 24, 1991
Owen Farrell
188.000
1991.00
89000
3D
Owen Farrell
6’2" | 1.88 m
December 31, 1980
Richie McCaw
188.000
1980.00
33000
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
3D
Sergio Parisse
5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
May 7, 1959
Steve Hansen
178.000
1959.00
18000
3D
Steve Hansen
Jonny Wilkinson
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Jonny Wilkinson with other related rugby players

Jonny Wilkinson gained more fame when he led England to win the 2003 World Cup, besides scoring its winning drop goal. The former rugby union player played fly-half position and has represented the British and Irish Lions, England, Newcastle Falcons, and Toulon and is regarded as the best in the list of rugby union players. At Toulon, he won a Top 14 championship and the Heineken Cup. He has won ninety-one caps for England and six for British and Irish Lions, a Grand Slam, three Triple Crowns, four Six Nations Championships, and admission into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

Jonny Wilkinson has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Jonny Wilkinson in rugby positions measured with overall height
Jonny Wilkinson gained more fame when he led England to win the 2003 World Cup, besides scoring its winning drop goal. The former rugby union player played fly-half position and has represented the British and Irish Lions, England, Newcastle Falcons, and Toulon and is regarded as one of the best.

Jonny Wilkinson has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Jonny Wilkinson in rugby positions measured with overall height
Jonny Wilkinson
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5’10” | 1.78 m
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Nationality: England

Position: Fly-Half

Years Active: 1997-2014

Birthday
May 25, 1979

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Bryan Habana
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Bryan Habana with other related rugby players

Bryan Habana ranks high among former rugby union players who ensured South Africa remained a dominant force to reckon with in rugby. He played wing for the Springboks, becoming the greatest rugby union player in rugby history. Bryan is ranked number two among all try test scorers with sixty-seven tries. He was a dominant figure in helping the Springboks win the 2007 Rugby World Cup, becoming International Rugby Board (IRB) Player of the Year and 2012 International Rugby Players' Association Try of the Year. Bryan has also won the Tri-Nations and Lion Series, two Heineken Cup European Champions/European Rugby Champions Cups, Currie Cups, and Super Rugby titles.

Bryan Habana has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Bryan Habana in rugby positions measured with overall height
Bryan Habana ranks high among former rugby union players who ensured South Africa remained a dominant force to reckon with in rugby. He played wing for the Springboks, becoming the greatest rugby union player in rugby history. Bryan is ranked number two among all try test scorers with 67 tries.

Bryan Habana has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Bryan Habana in rugby positions measured with overall height
Bryan Habana
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5’11” | 1.80 m
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Nationality: South Africa

Position: Wing

Years Active: 2003-2018

Birthday
June 12, 1983

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Bryan Habana 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
Height:
Width:
223.1’-229.66’ | 68-70 m
Length:
347.77’-472.44’ | 106-144 m
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
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 - 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
Height:
Width:
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 Goal Post
Scaled illustration of a Rugby Goal Post compared to a Field Goal Post and a Soccer Goal

A Rugby Goal Post is an H-shaped goal post position at either end of the field opposite one another, used for scoring goals in Rugby. Rugby players use the rugby goal post to execute a drop goal, penalty goal, and conversion goal. Players usually drop or play the ball below the crossbar to make a score or convert a try and receive points. A player must kick the ball above the crossbar and between the H-shaped goal post. Otherwise, no points are awarded if the ball does not pass in between the H-shaped goal post.

Rugby Goal Posts are regulated with the top of the crossbar at 9.84’ (3 m) and an inside width of 18.04’ (5.5 m) for Rugby League and 18.37’ (5.6 m) for Rugby Union games. The overall height of a Rugby Goal Post must be a minimum of 52.5’ (16 m). The posts have a diameter of 4" (101.6 mm) and the lower 6.56’ (2 m) should be wrapped with 4" (101.6 mm) thick padding.

Dimensioned set of drawings of a Rugby Goal Post measured with width, height, and crossbar height
A Rugby Goal Post is an H-shaped goal post position at either end of the field opposite one another, used for scoring goals in Rugby. Rugby players use the rugby goal post to execute a drop goal, penalty goal, and conversion goal. Players usually drop or play the ball below the crossbar for a score.

Rugby Goal Posts are regulated with the top of the crossbar at 9.84’ (3 m) and an inside width of 18.04’ (5.5 m) for Rugby League and 18.37’ (5.6 m) for Rugby Union games. The overall height of a Rugby Goal Post must be a minimum of 52.5’ (16 m). The posts have a diameter of 4" (101.6 mm) and the lower 6.56’ (2 m) should be wrapped with 4" (101.6 mm) thick padding.

Dimensioned set of drawings of a Rugby Goal Post measured with width, height, and crossbar height
Rugby Goal Post
Height:
52.5’ | 16 m (Minimum)
Width:
18.71’-19.03’ | 5.7-5.8 m (Overall)
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Depth:
Weight:
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Crossbar Width (Inside): 18.04’ | 5.5 m (League); 18.37’ | 5.6 m (Union)
Crossbar Height: 9.84’ | 3 m (Top)
Post Diameter: 4” | 101.6 mm
Padding Height: 6.56’ | 2 m
Padding Thickness: 4” | 101.6 mm
Materials: Structural aluminum tubing; high impact foam padding with vinyl cover

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