Rugby Union

An adult-level rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes, consisting of two halves of 40 minutes each, and is controlled by a single referee, two touch judges, and in most professional matches, a television match official (TMO), commonly called the video referee. The object of the game is that each team of fifteen players score as many points as possible, with the team scoring the greater number of points being the winner of the match.

Points may be scored by either scoring a try or a goal. A try is scored when the ball is grounded within the in-goal area and is worth 5 points. A goal is scored by kicking the ball between the uprights and above the crossbar of the goal posts.

RFU Leadership Academy

RFU Leadership Academy is an investment into developing the ‘Leaders of the Game’ for the future. In Cumbria we have been given the opportunity to run a Leadership Academy for the 2014/15 Season and this has been extremely successful across the country. We have had individuals involved in the initial round of this programme a couple of years ago and the feedback was extremely positive.

We are only going to run this if it is something that the clubs think will benefit them and support. So what are the entry requirements?

• An aspiration to take on a rugby leadership role in the future – Club / County • The potential to develop Leadership skills (reviewed by RFU) • Commitment to complete the programme >>More Details

This is not a programme that needs a huge amount of people but a committed group of participants and mentors willing to work together for mutual benefit. If you are interested in participating in this programme (Individual, Club or Mentor) please contact Liam Nicholls as soon as possible

Wheelchair Rugby

Are you up for a challenge? Fancy a nail-biting, seat-gripping, full contact wheelchair sport?'ve come to the right place. Wheelchair rugby's not nicknamed 'murderball' for nothing you know!

It's open to men and women - whatever your age.  If you have upper and lower limb disabilities and a thirst for action, then maybe it's about time you gave wheelchair rugby a shot.

And there are loads of opportunities to play your part on the sidelines too. Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) need coaches, officials and people who can give us a hand in our clubs across the UK.

GBWR are always on the lookout for new people - whether it's to play or to give us a helping hand. From players and coaches to mechanics and nursing support, we need more people to help our sport grow.

You can get involved as little or as much as you want - you can volunteer a couple of hours a week, play in our Coloplast League or sponsor GBWR. And in return - on court or on the sidelines - we can promise that you'll be part of an exciting and supportive sporting community which is making a real difference to the lives of its players and the wider disability community.

Visit the home of wheelchair rugby here

You can also call on 020 8831 7645 or email us to find out more.

Play Girls Rugby

A number of women's rugby team are welcoming new players of all ages and experience. Training is fun and great for fitness, no experience is needed.

Want to save your club money? NEW SITE England Rugby Deals (ERD)

England Rugby in association with Independent Buyers have launched a new site looking at trying to save you money in a variety of ways for your Rugby Club!

The new site is and is currently live with over 150 rugby clubs in England already registered and benefitting from the service.

Rugby Union in your area

There are 36 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.


Liam Nicholls
Cumbria Rugby Development Officer,
T: 01946 839316
M: 07711 901 374


Trevor Richardson
Community Rugby Coach (Allerdale),
M: 07545 921 473


Graham Kidd
Community Rugby Coach (Carlisle and Copeland)
M: 07554 010 560

@East_Cumbria_RU @Copeland_RU

Garry Holmes
Community Rugby Coach (Barrow, Eden & South Lakes),
M: 07545 921 474



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