Rugby Union

Rugby is a global game for all ages, genders, sizes and backgrounds with many varying formats for all veterans to enjoy. 

“We’re a vehicle to help people. Rugby’s important but not as important as helping our members. We want people to know they’ve got somewhere else to go.”
Mark Newman
Navy Veteran and member of The Sydney Combined Forces Rugby Football Club 

‘We’re trying to close that gap when someone discharges and enters full civilian life.” 

James Manderson
Navy Veteran and member of The Sydney Combined Forces Rugby Football Club 

Rubgy Union

From non-contact sevens, fifteen-a-side to elite and social competition, getting involved in rugby delivers significant social and health benefits.  
Being a team sport, rugby is a great social activity and is beneficial physically and mentally. Aside from playing, there are plenty of opportunities to be involved in rugby, from volunteering for professional sides, administrative roles in local clubs, officiating, coaching and many more.  

Wheelchair Rubgy

Wheelchair rugby is an intense, physical team sport for male and female competitors, and a popular Invictus Games inclusion. Wheelchair rugby is played on a basketball-sized court and teams are formed by four players and up to eight substitutes.  
A volleyball is used and it can be carried, dribbled, or passed in any way except by kicking. The ball must be bounced at least once every 10 seconds. Competitors score goals by carrying the ball over the opponent’s goal line. 
Team Australia are the reigning Wheelchair Rugby champions and are looking to build on this momentum in future Invictus Games.  

Ready to get into Rugby union?


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If you are interested in a sport that isn’t listed on our website, get in touch. With our contacts in the sporting industry, we have avenues to explore to help you find your tribe. 

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