Find your nearest rugby club using the map below
Rugby is a game for all - regardless of age, size, gender, location, sexuality or ethnicity. There are contact and non-contact options, such as Rip Rugby, Rippa, and smaller-sided versions, such as 7s and 10s - so there are options to suit most people.
In short, no. There are tonnes of resources available at rugbytoolbox.co.nz that explain the game, and you can learn as you go. Or just ask your teammates or coach.
You don’t have to be naturally sporty to play but having a base level of fitness does help. Not to worry if you don’t though – we have fitness planners and loads of resources on rugbytoolbox.co.nz to help get you game-ready.
The best place to start is to see what clubs are near you, which you can do using our Club Finder tool. You can also contact your Provincial Union to discuss your options. Most clubs hold open days before the season starts. These are a great way to meet potential teammates, coaches, check out the club, and see if they’re a good fit for you. You could also go along and watch a training session - just because you’ve gone along, it doesn’t mean you have to play.
Everyone is friendly and welcoming. Rugby is a great way to meet new people and make lifelong friends.
There are nearly 500 rugby clubs across Aotearoa, so chances are there is one near you. The best way to find your nearest club is by using our Club Finder tool. If you live rurally, you may need to travel to your nearest club. Or alternatively contact your local Provincial Union.
The cost to play rugby varies, but typically includes club and registration fees, clothing, such as boots and running shoes, and equipment like mouthguards (which should last several years). Senior players can expect to pay between $100-$150 per season. The cost will be lower for Junior players.
There are a few basics you’ll need before you take the field, including rugby boots, a mouthguard, and a drink bottle (staying hydrated is key). Clubs typically supply branded playing kit, including socks.
Rugby is a physical game, but we do everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone involved. This includes educating our players, coaches and referees on safe practices, such as warming up, and tackle technique. See rugbytoolbox.co.nz to find out more.
Absolutely! If you’re not keen on playing, there are plenty of other roles available that allow you to be involved, such as coaching, managing, becoming a referee or volunteering at your local club.