Rugby Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help students understand the history, rules, and positions in rugby. Further, students will learn to use the proper terms to explain the sport and follow multistep directions when practicing rugby skills.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on rugby, students will be able to:

  • Follow multistep procedures when practicing rugby skills.
  • Use correct terminology when discussing rugby.


60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


  • Center
  • Conversion kick
  • Drop goal
  • Flanker
  • Fly half
  • Full back
  • Hooker
  • Lineout
  • Lock
  • Maul
  • Number 8
  • Penalty kick
  • Prop
  • Ruck
  • Rugby
  • Rugby Football Union
  • Rugby league
  • Rugby sevens
  • Rugby World Cup
  • Scrum
  • Scrum half
  • Try
  • Web Ellis Cup
  • Wing


  • Copies of lesson
  • Copies of quiz
  • Sticky notes prepared with positions on them
  • Tape
  • Rugby balls

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary.
  • Read How to Play Rugby: Rules and Positions as a class, discussing as you read:
    • How does a team score points in rugby?
    • How was the game of rugby invented?
    • Who is the Rugby World Cup trophy named after? Why?
    • In which countries is rugby particularly popular?
    • What is the difference between rugby union and rugby league?
    • What has replaced rugby in the Olympics?
    • Explain the offside rule.
    • What is a try?
    • What is a drop goal?
    • How has tackling changed over the years?
    • What is a scrum?
    • When does a lineout happen in rugby?
    • What happens when someone loses control of the ball?
    • What is the difference between a ruck and a maul?
    • What are some skills that all rugby players need to have regardless of position?
    • Describe the positions of the forwards.
    • Describe the positions of the backs.
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to assess their understanding of the story.
  • Check the answers as a class.



Materials: sticky notes with positions written on them

  • Tape a sticky note with a position listed on each student's back. Depending on the size of the class, there will likely be more than one student per position.
  • Students will walk around the field and ask other students to describe their position and place them in the correct spot on the field without telling them what their position is.
  • Once everyone in the class is in their position, students may guess their position and discuss the role of their position with a partner.

Switch Drill Practice

Materials: rugby ball

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