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Rugby Post Specification
Stephen Horton
Rugby Ready Certified

I want to know whether for competitive games, a rugby team can play on a pitch that only has American Football style uprights (i.e. one central pole?). The regulations concerning rugby post specification only refers to the width between the posts and the height that the cross bar has to be from the playing surface, but does not specify that both posts have to go down to the playing surface. I am happy that the width between the posts and the height of the cross bar in rugby and American Football are exactly the same, so can anyone direct me to confirmation whether our team would be breaching IRB rules/regulations by playing competitive matches on this type of pitch?

Posted 4 Oct 2012 03.11am
Mark Harrington
World Rugby Head of Technical Services


Thanks for the query. If you follow the link: http://www.irblaws.com/EN/laws/2/1/6/before-the-match/the-ground/dimensions-for-goal-posts-and-crossbar/#clause_6 the diagram is pretty clear that the posts should go down  to the surface. However there have been some exceptions in the North American context. I suggest you approach Rugby Canada for their position.

Posted 5 Oct 2012 12.11pm
Rian Malan
Rugby Ready Certified
South Africa

Dear Mark, we need to manufacture goal posts. Is there a manual with specifications that an engineering works can follow?

Posted 24 Mar 2017 10.11am

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