Rugby reading list for kids

This is a short guide to rugby reading for children. I’ve included only that which I have read and think is well done.



Dan Anthony – the Rugby Zombie series (Pont Books), 8+

Chris Higgins – Pride and Penalties (Hodder), 9+

Tom Palmer – Rugby Academy series and Scrum (Barrington Stoke), 8+

Gerard Siggins – Rugby Spirit series (O’Brien Press), 8+

Andrew Smith – Winger, 13+



World Rugby Records by Chris Hawkes, 7+

England Rugby Annual 2015, 6+

Jonny: My Autobiography by Jonny Wilkinson, 10+

Official Rugby World Cup Activity Book, Carlton Books, 7+

Rugby World Cup Tournament Guide, Carlton Books, 7+


Playing the Game

Know the Game: Rugby Union by the RFU

Haynes Manual: Rugby Union by Howard Johnson

Rugby for Dummies by Nick Cain



The Rugby Paper – weekly newspaper (£1.50)

Rugby World – monthly glossy magazine (£4.50)

There is also an online rugby magazine called Touchline on the RFU website at



Some of the best rugby union websites for children are:



Most newspapers cover rugby union to an extent. The most in depth are the Times, the Mail and the official England Rugby newspaper, The Telegraph. The only children’s newspaper – First News – covers rugby occasionally in its sports pages.


You can read more details about some of the books above in some reviews I did for the Guardian, here.


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