Get Inspired: How to get into rugby union

Why you need to start playing rugby
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Why get into rugby union?If you enjoy being active and want to build your fitness with team mates then this is the game for you.
Who is it for?It's one of the most inclusive sports around and there are various versions of the game that you can test out.
Is there a cheap option?You can just play touch rugby in the park with a bunch of friends or family, but joining a club can be inexpensive.
What if I want a proper workout?From scrummaging to tackling, to sprinting with the ball, this can be a high intensity workout that will boost both your fitness and your strength.
Can I take it to another level?Work your way up. Start with a club then look to your county and from there people will start noticing you.
Is there a disability option?Wheelchair rugby was a big hit at the 2012 Paralympics. There are now chances to have a go all over the UK.
Is there a family option?Most clubs will cater for all the family with kids' teams, and men's and women's teams for mum and dad.

Camaraderie and teamwork are vital skills in most team sports, but none to the same extent as in rugby union.

From boisterous Saturday-league club houses, to schoolyard games of touch, to lining up for your country in the 6 Nations, union is a sport of skill, bravery and strength.

And if you're more interested in throwing a ball around there are plenty of options for you, from the aforementioned touch, where tackling is banned, to light-hearted options like beach rugby.

Although a certain level of physical stature is required in the professional ranks, rugby union really is an accessible sport, with the wide range of functions between different positions making it a sport for everybody,

Forwards are typically stronger, heavier and entrusted with the more physical aspects of the game, whereas backs utilise pace and agility.

It is incredibly popular at universities, and women's rugby clubs around the country are always looking for enthusiastic players and the next new pool of talent.

Find your local club in England,external-linkScotland,external-linkWalesexternal-link and Northern Irelandexternal-link to give it a go.