When it comes to buying rugby balls there are a few different rugby ball sizes to choose from. Knowing which rugby ball size you need isn’t always straightforward, particularly when you’re looking for kids as the recommended ball sizes change as children get older.

Rugby ball size guide

To remove any doubt about what ball size you need, we’ve created this rugby ball size chart that clearly shows what size rugby ball each age group should use.

Rugby ball size chart

Choosing the right kids rugby ball size is important to ensure that fundamental skills and techniques can be developed by children. Using a ball that is too big will be particularly troublesome and can make ball handling and passing difficult. It’s also important that the balls used recreationally and in training are the same as in matches to ensure maximum performance.

The table below highlights the rugby ball sizes that should be used by rugby team age groups according to the RFU:

Age Group

Rugby Ball Size

Under 7s, 8s and 9s Size 3
Under 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s, 14s and Girls Under 15s Size 4
Under 15s and older up to senior rugby Size 5

Now that you know which ball size you need, you can buy rugby balls and other rugby equipment including posts, tackle bags and training gear here.