In 2009 the World Rugby Member Unions defined the character-building characteristics of our great sport: Rugby Union. These are now collectively known as the ‘World Rugby Values’ and are incorporated within the World Rugby Playing Charter: a guiding document aimed at preserving rugby’s unique character and ethos both on and off the field of play.

These defining characteristics enable participants immediately to understand the nature of the game and what makes it distinctive as a sport played by people of all shapes and sizes.

The World Rugby Values are key to being a quality player and person. Maitland Rugby Union Club and all of its sports people are proud to uphold these values at all times. The values are as follows:


Integrity is central to the fabric of the game and is generated through honesty and fair play.


Rugby people have a passionate enthusiasm for the game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the local and global rugby family.


Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to life-long friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences.


Discipline is an integral part of the game both on and off the field and is reflected through adherence to the laws, the regulations and rugby’s core values.


Respect for team-mates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the game is paramount.