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Rugby Virginia is the primary development vehicle for youth and high school rugby
within the Commonwealth of Virginia and a USA Rugby Level 3 State Based Rugby Organization (SBRO).

Rugby Virginia - Dedicated to the Development of High School and Youth Rugby in Virginia


Core Principles

Rugby Virginia is based upon these core International Rugby Board (iRB) principles:

A Sport For All

The laws provide players of different physiques, skills, genders and ages with the opportunity to participate at their levels of ability in a controlled, competitive and enjoyable environment.  It is incumbent upon all who play rugby to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Laws of the game.

Maintaining the Identity

The laws ensure that rugby’s distinctive features are maintained through scrums, line outs, mauls, rucks, kick offs and re-starts.  Also the key features relating to contest and continuity - the backward pass, and the offensive tackle.

Enjoyment and Entertainment

The laws provide the framework for a game that is both enjoyable to play and entertaining to watch.  If, on occasions, these objectives appear to be incompatible, enjoyment and entertainment are enhanced by enabling the players to give full rein to their skills.  To achieve the correct balance, the laws are constantly under review.

The Laws of Rugby

The Laws of Rugby may be found on the website of the International Rugby Board (iRB), the world governing body of rugby, at:

Standard set of Variations Appropriate to the Under 19 Game

At the U-19 and Youth levels, there are some variations to the Laws of Rugby that recognize the youth and inexperience of young players.

Download iRB Under 19 Variations - Standard set of Variations Appropriate to the Under 19 Game:-

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  • Laws of the Game  Download Laws of Rugby from International Rugby Board (iRB)

Laws may be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat "pdf" file.  The free Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to download and read &/or print the file. Get free Acrobat Reader