Rugby in the United Kingdom (UK) - Statistics & Facts

Published by David Lange, Jul 1, 2019
The number of people playing rugby league has held steady in recent years with approximately 70,600 people on England playing at least twice a month and the participation in rugby union has decreased slightly from roughly 260 thousand in 2016 to 240 thousand in 2018, playing at least twice a month. Participation of children experienced minor fluctuations in the past decade with 5.5 percent of kids between the age of 5 and 10 playing at least once a month outside of school and 14.6 percent of 11 to 15 year olds playing at least on a monthly basis, either in or outside of school. Rugby union is governed by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in England, by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) in Ireland as well as Northern Ireland, by the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) in Scotland and by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) in Wales.

The most common injuries recorded by the RFU are concussions by far, which is not surprising considering the violent nature of the game. Throughout the past years, the number of recorded injuries during matches by the RFU in England came to about six to seven hundred per season.

One of the major events for rugby union is the Rugby World Cup, held every four years. The Rugby World Cup contributed significantly to the income of the RFU, since England was the most recent host. The tournaments' overall attendance averaged close to two million people during the last four events. Other than the major income increase of the RFU through the Rugby World Cup, the income of the IRFU and the turnover of the SRU as well as the turnover of the WRU all gradually increased over the past years.

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