Rugby Union is a territorial, full-contact, team game, inclusive of all shapes and sizes, where 20-stone bulldozers are valued just as highly as small, pacy whippets. During the course of an 80 minute match, two sides of 15 players and six substitutes, officiated by a referee and two touch judges, try to outscore each other. The game lasts for two 40-minute halves on a grass pitch with an H-shaped goal post at each end.
For those wanting just a taste of Rugby Union with the contact but with all the excitement you can try O2 Touch Rugby.
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Rugby Football Union (RFU)
Name: Dave Reed
Job Title: Northumberland County Development Officer, Rugby Football Union