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15 reasons why children SHOULD play Rugby Union

Getting kids off the sofa and onto the rugby pitch brings a wide variety of physical, mental and social skills which will bode well for them as they reach adulthood and beyond.

And obviously, we would say that. But in order to prove our point, we’ve compiled no less than 15 reasons why kids need to grow up playing rugby union.

1. Improve physical health

Forgive us for starting with the obvious, but rugby brings physical health benefits to anyone who takes to the field – and children are no different.

2. Develop social skills

Developing social skills is another huge part of parenting, and one that again needs to be developed at a young age if the benefits are to be reaped in the future.

3. They need to lose

Because it is character building, because it’s good practice for life, because he will get over it and he needs to know that.


4. They need to win

Because it’s bonding, because it feels good, because he needs to know that there are rewards for effort.

5. Equal Opportunities 

Unlike just about any other team sport, rugby is about all players having the same opportunity to run with the ball, pass the ball, and play defense.


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11 Responses

    1. Billy adams

      There is no ideal answer where children are concerned. I and my brother were well above average heights as children ( and still are as we approach fifty) and would have ended up playing with children much older than ourselves. I’m not convinced we’d have been emotionally secure enough to compete in this environment with a group of children who were not our peers.

  1. Andy Smith

    I have 2 daughters, and the constant reference to he, his and him, and the referee being ‘Sir’ are not encouraging girls into the sport. Other than that I agree completely, and would extend to other team field sports too. Except football 🙂

  2. George McDonald

    I’m 48 and have been involved with rugby since i was 4 years old. And almost everything i needed to know about life i learned on the rugby field, be it playing on Saturday or training Tuesday and Thursday.

  3. Greig

    I think it leaves out a few:
    1. Understanding physicality: As a rugby coach the first lesson I teach the kids is how to fall on the ground. Most adults I know would not know how to do this without breaking their arm. Learning how to run, tackle and fall without injury is a fundamental skill, better to learn this a young age.
    2. Learning to control aggression: Better to learn how to avoid violence and aggression on a rugby field than outside a nightclub at 3am
    3. Respect for authority: Better to learn how to accept the decision of a sole arbiter at the hands of a rugby referee, than from a judge in a court room.

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  5. Richard


    That cold shrivelling shape, battered by the elements we can make,
    A child full of team not I
    A child full of we not he
    A child with the grace, to let another take his place.
    We send them out one by one,
    To share the fun that we once had won.
    But as we stand on that line remember now that their time is to come
    So let them have their fun,
    Even if they do decide to pick daisies in the sun.
    For this is their time to shine,
    To make friends that will last a lifetime.

    This is my experience of 24 years of rugby

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