Women in Rugby

Women in Rugby

Women’s rugby is one of the world’s fastest-growing female team sports. It is estimated that 2 million women and girls worldwide play rugby. The rules, pitch and equipment are exactly the same More »

Rugby – An introduction

Rugby – An introduction

Rugby is a contact sport, originally a men’s game. It is now enjoyed in increasing numbers by women and even mixed genders too. There are two types of rugby – rugby league, More »

Touch Rugby – an introduction

Touch Rugby – an introduction

Touch rugby is a branch of traditional rugby. Touch rugby is played differently from traditional rugby. The central difference between traditional rugby and touch rugby is the elimination of tackling from the More »

Concussion in Rugby

Concussion in Rugby

Concussions are a type of injury to the brain, specifically termed ‘traumatic brain injury (TBI). These are caused by an impact to the head and, in the case of rugby, this can More »

How to treat a concussion in rugby

How to treat a concussion in rugby

It is vitally important for players and coaches to understand how to deal with concussions, and how to treat them. This enables everyone to look out for each other especially when it More »

Origins of the Rugby Ball

Origins of the Rugby Ball

Richard Lindon and William Gilbert, in the mid-1800’s, handmade balls which they took to Rugby school. These balls were made of leather and consisted out of four panels of leather stitched together, More »

Steroids in Rugby

Steroids in Rugby

Steroid use is rife in rugby; most worrying of all is its use among young players. The UK Anti-Doping head, Nicole Sapstead has expressed particular concern over this. This was in reaction More »

Five key moments in the development of Rugby

Five key moments in the development of Rugby

Rugby has been a prominent sport in the UK, from an unassuming history to its popular spread today. In 2015 England held the Rugby World Cup. The game and its humble origins More »

 

Bargoed Rugby – About Us

Bargoed-rugby-clubRugby has a long and interesting history. It started out as an accident in 1823, on a sports field of a school in England. William Webb Ellis is credited with picking up the ball during a game of quad ball, and the rest as they say, is (rugby) history.

While rugby was originally a men’s game, women also got in on the action quite early on. It had to be kept secret for long though as there was a lot of push-back by society (especially men) but is now a very popular sport amongst women.

In 1871 the first union was established – the Rugby Football Union. Over 100 years later, in 1983, the Women’s Rugby Football Union (WRFU) was formed in the UK. Rugby is a physically demanding sport, but also players need to be not only physically prepared, but mentally too.

The top rugby teams across the world are as follows (based on the world rankings):

Women’s team

  • 1. New Zealand
  • 2. England
  • 3. Canada
  • 4. France
  • 5. Ireland
  • 6. Australia South Africa Wales
  • 7. Italy
  • 8. USA
  • 9. Spain
  • 10. Wales

Men’s Teams

  • 1. New Zealand
  • 2. England
  • 3. Australia
  • 4. Ireland
  • 5. Wales
  • 6. South Africa
  • 7. Scotland
  • 8. France
  • 9. Argentina
  • 10. Fiji

There are many derivative games of rugby. Each game has slightly differently rules, number of players, and pitches.

Rugby Game Derivatives

  • Tag Rugby
  • Touch Rugby
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Beach Rugby
  • Rugby 7s
  • Rugby 10s
  • Rugby 12s
  • Rugby 15s

Have a look around this site and learn more about the history of rugby, women in rugby, how to deal with concussions and more!