The Rugby World Cup 2015: Lesson Ideas

Posted: Sep 09 2015

On the 18th of September the Rugby World Cup begins in England. The following six weeks of Rugby action is the ideal setting for some unusual lesson ideas to really get your pupils into the spirit of the competition. 

When is the Rugby World Cup?

18th September - 31st October

A Few Quick Facts

  • This will be the 8th Rugby World Cup.
  • The first Rugby World Cup was held in 1987 and was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
  • There are 20 teams competing in the tournament.
  • The matches will be held at 13 different grounds across England and Wales.
  • Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are tied for the most title wins, with two each. 

Lesson Ideas: 


  1. Tag Rugby:
    While older pupils may be happy to play the full-contact game, a game of tag rugby gives younger kids a chance to participate with less of the rough and tumble that comes with a contact sport. Tag Rugby is also a perfect indoor activity, ideal as the weather cools off for autumn.

  2. Getting to Know the Contenders:
    With 20 countries participating in the Rugby World Cup, there are going to plenty of places that most pupils won’t have even heard of. As an individual, pair, or small group activity, children can draw the names of competing countries from a hat. They then research some interesting facts about this country and present them to the rest of the class. 

    Make your Own Webb Ellis Cup:
  3. Each team in the Rugby World Cup is competing for the honour of taking home the Webb Ellis Cup, for an arty lesson kids can make their idea of a trophy fit for a winning team.

  4. Facts about Rugby:
    Pupils can get to know the sport by researching and presenting interesting facts about the sport and its history: from its origins at Rugby School, the split into different types of Rugby all the way up to finally having a world cup competition to call its own.  

  5. Match Scores:
    For a Rugby themed numeracy exercise give pupils a set of match scores, along with the point values for different scoring methods. Ask the kids to come up with ways that the final score might have been reached (what mix of penalty goals, drop goals, converted tries etc).