Rugby union, known as rugby, is a contact team sport invented in England early in the 19th century. Two teams of 15 players run with an oval-shaped ball, trying to take the goal over the touch line at the opponents' end or kick the ball through the opponents' goalposts.
Rugby was invented at Rugby School, a famous English public school. A student, William Webb Ellis, is said to have caught the ball in a football game and run with it! The famous Webb Ellis cup, the prize of the Rugby World Cup, is named after him. Rugby was played only on an amateur basis until 1995.
Many schools now play "touch rugby" with younger children - a non-contact version of the sport. Rugby Sevens, with only seven players on each team, is also popular all over the world.
We've got a huge collection of rugby colouring pages, crafts and printables for the kids to enjoy here at Activity Village. Explore below!