(Rugby legend Jonah Lomu )

June 23,2014(ISN) – Rugby has joined the global sporting family in celebrating #OlympicDay by encouraging men, women and children to ‘Get Active & Get Into Rugby’.

With 6.6 million players getting active across 121 national Member Unions affiliated to the IRB, Rugby continues to experience record growth across all continents.

More and more Unions are actively collaborating with their National Olympic Committees and benefiting from Olympic Solidarity assistance to support the development of Rugby, team preparation and coaching structures as the sport prepares for Rio 2016.

And with #OlympicDay all about Getting Active, the IRB’s Get Into Rugby mass participation programme, aimed at introducing one million new players to Rugby before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, is proving to be a major success story with over 500,000 participants in the last year.

Get Into Rugby Highlights:

  • 120 countries registered and geared up to deliver the programme
  • 293,000 participants to date in 2014
  • More than 500,000 participants since 2013 launch
  • 4,968 events have been run in 3,900 locations
  • A total of 7,884 personnel – coaches and teachers have been trained to run a GIR programme
  • It features in the IOC’s Get Moving toolkit (

    Alongside programmes in Colombia and Brazil where 23,000 young players have been introduced to the sport, Get Into Rugby courses have also proven a hit in China as Sevens prepares for its Youth Olympic Games debut at Nanjing 2014.