Rugby Field

Rugby Union

Rugby Union is one of Australia's favourite sporting codes. Here in Canberra, we have a strong rugby culture. Our local team is the ACT Brumbies who play at GIO Stadium.

There are a number of clubs around Canberra that are open to people with a disability being involved as players or volunteers.

The most famous modified version of the sport is Wheelchair Rugby, which is played at the Paralympic Games.

Local Rugby Union Opportunities

Founded by Occupational Therapist, Carlien Parahi and Australia’s Rugby Sevens Olympian Jesse Parahi, Sense Rugby is a rugby based Occupational Therapy program that gives kids a safe environment where experienced Paediatric Occupational Therapists work with Trained Rugby Players to help kids achieve success. 

Modified rugby drills are used to help kids:

  • Process sensory information

  • Focus on activities

  • Work on their coordination

  • Feel comfortable in a supportive and inclusive environment

  • Manage their emotions

  • Socialise with other children their age

  • Follow simple & complex instructions

  • Have fun with other kids!


Sense Rugby's after-school program in Canberra is run with Little Hands Occupational Therapy, MyOT Therapy Services, Craig Robberds Coaching and University of Canberra Occupational Therapy students.

Programs go for 9-10 weeks and are run on the south side (Gowrie) on Mondays from 4.30pm -5.30pm and on the north side (Holt) on Wednesdays from 4-5pm. Gowrie programs are at Gowrie 101 Oval off Castleton Crescent and Holt programs are at Holt 2 Oval on the corner of Moyes Crescent and Flack Street


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You should always start at your local rugby club. Canberra has a bunch of rugby clubs in every part of the city that cater for people young and old. Whether you are just starting out, have been playing for years, or want to get involved as a coach, offiical or volunteer, we're confident your local club would love to get you involved.

Visit the ACT Rugby website or click on the image below to find your local club. And if you need any help at all, get in touch with ACT Rugby's Development Manager - Lachlan Creighton (