Rugby League Rules


Rugby League rules are different than Union, so be certain to read our guide.


On the Rugby League pitch

The pitch is rectangular at each end located on the try or target line with a set of posts.

A Rugby League game is 80 minutes long and includes 2 40 minutes halves with the sides shifting ends (the way in which they strike) following half-time.

Rugby League teams field 13 players and is permitted four reserves on the seat.

Aim of scoring and Rugby League

The aim is obviously to score more points. Points are scored in Rugby League on the following basis:


  • ‘Try’. A try is scored when the ball is grounded over the team’s try line.
  • ‘Conversion’. After a try kicking the ball gives a group and chance from a position directly related. To score these ‘additional’ two points, the kicker must find the ball and over the crossbar.
  • ‘Drop goal’. Scored by drop.
  • ‘Penalty goal’ — two points. Following an infringement, the team will gain two points if successful and awarded a penalty can take a kick at goal.

Fundamentals of Rugby League

The game begins with a kick-off then and as the ball is kicked by one team into the opposition half tries to get possession. The team in possession tries to move Ufa the ball up the pitch by passing it or kicking at it.


There are rules concerning for how long teams have the ability to keep possession before it moves to their opponents and the ball has to be passed. The basic rules are:


The ball passed by hand needs to be passed backward.

Player can pass the ball as many times as they like until one of them is handled (brought down lawfully and held) in ownership.

Teams plays or have possession of the ball for six tackles. On the play, teams elect to kick at the ball down the area. If they don’t kick, to the team the ball is’ handed over’ after the handle.

When tackled, the ball carrier plays the ball backward to a teammate behind them by foot along the floor.

His opponent must release him to let him play the ball, when a player has been tackled.

A scrum is used to re-start the game after the ball was ‘knocked-on’ or fumbled or if a pass has happened. A scrum is formed when the ball is kicked into touch or when a player is tackled into touch. Scrums aren’t contested like they’re in Rugby Union.

If they are players can be ruled and they’re deemed to be interfering with play. Players aren’t allowed to touch the ball if they had been farther up the field than a teammate who has kicked the ball up field i.e. only players that are supporting the player kicking the ball are permitted to touch it.

Penalties can be given in circumstances like high tackles, hitting on an opponent, tripping, kicking at the ball when a player is trying to pick up it, using abusive or foul language. Offenders can be given a red or yellow card, a yellowish resulting to cool off.

There is of course lots of different legislation and rules in Rugby League we have not covered here in our effort to not baffle you from the beginning, but the more you see or play the sport, the more apparent these additional rules will end up.

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