Rugby For Dummies

Rugby For Dummies

The official guide to rugby in North America, revised and updated

Rugby For Dummies is the guide to rugby in North America, endorsed by USA Rugby and Rugby Canada, the official regulating bodies for the sport. It gives you a look at how rugby is played, offers strategies for winning, and covers every level of the sport, from high school to college (including women’s rugby) to the international leagues. Plus, this new edition addresses changes to the rules of rugby, includes new rugby player bios, and looks at rugby’s upcoming return to the Olympic games.

Inside you’ll find easy-to-understand explanations of rugby rules and positions, plus in-depth lessons on skills, fitness training, and winning techniques. Add in entertaining stories from rugby in North America and around the world, and you’ve got the definitive book on rugby!

  • Covers every level of the sport
  • Includes the latest rules and information on rugby
  • Discusses rugby’s return to the Olympic games

Whether you’re new to rugby or a scrum veteran, this friendly guide is for you.


  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118043324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118043325
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  1. I received my copy of Rugby for Dummies this past friday, and have learned a great deal already.

    I have recently become interested in learning about Rugby, and finding this book was a godsend. The authors talk about the game and equipment in terms that someone with no prior knowledge can easily digest. They resist the over-usage of jargon and where they do use jargon, they explain what they are talking about in a way that doesn’t leave the reader sitting there scratching his/her head.

    I plan to continue my exploration of the world of Rugby, and Rugby For Dummies has become my chief reference.

    Kudos to the authors!

  2. The authors know their rugby. They are both life-long players and have spent years coaching as well as analyzing (and broadcasting) national and international rugby games in the U.S. But they wear their experience and expertise with ease. Nothing is taken for granted — absolute beginners will be walked through the basics with clear and effective writing. And yet, the book manages to be full of nuance and expert advice so that crotchety, old vets and in-their-prime, active players will learn much from it as well. The authors do more than convey the nuts and bolts of playing — they give a sense of the texture of the rugby life (as many will tell you, as important an aspect of the game as on-field play). Thanks guys.

  3. “Rugby for Dummies” contains a lot of very valuable information on what is the greatest team sport on the planet. The authors are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and it would be a hard man who didn’t read through this book and not long to try playing.

    My complaint about “Rugby for Dummies” has to do not with the authors, but with the editing and layout. It is the same complaint I would make about many of the books in the “for Dummies” series. My view is that for this book to be the truly canonical intro to rugby, it needs better graphics (including colour photos), a reduced word total (less repetition), and clearer page layouts.

    As it happens, a competitor book, “Rugby Skills, Tactics, and Rules” has all of those things WIRED: great lay-out, concise, and a great collection of photos (so you get a real sense of the game in action). To me, the Ultimate Intro to Rugby Book would combine the strengths of both of these books: some of the detail and personal touches of “Rugby for Dummies”, with the straightforwardness and visual appeal of “Rugby Skills”.

    More broadly, let me say to all those wishing to learn to play rugby, and who have never played before, that here’s what you should do:

    1.) Read through this book, and the “Rugby Skills, Tactics, and Rules” book I mentioned;

    2.) Get Setanta Sports on your cable or satellite. It’s an Irish station which broadcasts a lot of top-quality rugby matches from around the world. Many of them are on very late or early morning, so be prepared to Tivo them. Watch the games closely to get a feel for what’s happening;

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  4. The book was very informative. The book is great for all people, from those who don’t know anything about rugby to those just looking for spare bits of information. The authors did a great job with their style as well, making the reader feel as if they were having a discussion with the authors, and giving the reader confidence in his/her rugby ability. It covers all areas of the game, from the rules, to techniques, to training, to the public world of rugby. I recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn anything about the sport

  5. While the book is informative in general there are a few points that I didn’t care for. As a novice getting into “watching” rugby I felt there were a few problems with this book:
    1. Penalties are a mystery never fully explained. The author recommends downloading the rugby “laws” and I must say they are massive. While the author tries to explain the more common fouls when I watch a game you’ll see two identical plays and the ref calls a foul on one and not the other…but the book is of limited help here.
    2. The book doesn’t make change of possession clear. Sometimes when the player releases possession the balls lays there until the scum or fly half picks it up and sometimes in what looks like the same situation an opposing team player will grab the ball…it is not clearly explained when you have the right to steal the ball and when you don’t.
    3. My last problem is the constant changing of gender. One time it is “he” the next time it is”she” ad infinitum. I know the author makes the point that it is a game for “all” but after a while the changing back and forth gets annoying. To the authors credit he never combines he and she the same sentence…still annoying.
    Otherwise the book was helpful and interesting but still leaves come gaps and I still felt like a dummy when I was done.

  6. Happened on BBC America and was watching a rugby game. My grandson (in SEAL training) introduced Rugby to his High School and, later, they went on to win the state championship. I needed to understand the game and Nate wasn’t handy to ask; ordered this on my Kindle so I can refer to it during the game. Can’t say as I understand it completely as yet but this book is very readable and written at a sixth grade level, One would have to be uber dumb not to understand what they were reading. LOL
    Great addition to my sports knowledge.

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