What is Rugby

Rugby's Values
A game that builds character - The values of Rugby Australia.

In 2009 the World Rugby member unions identified integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect as the defining character-building characteristics of rugby. Following this, Rugby Australia adopted the following values that underpin the sport and its people in the country.

Our core values enable participants immediately to understand the character of the game of Rugby in Australia and what makes it distinctive as a sport which is played by people of all shapes and sizes.


Discipline is an integral part of the game both on and off the field and is reflected through adherence to the laws, the regulations and Rugby Australia's core values.


Respect for team-mates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the game of Rugby in Australia is paramount.


Integrity is central to the fabric of the game in Australia and is generated through honesty and fair play.


Rugby people in Australia have a passionate enthusiasm for the game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global rugby family.

Team Work

Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to life-long friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences. 

The World Rugby Playing Charter is incorporated within the World Rugby laws of the game and can be read in a number of languages by going to worldrugby.org/laws