Planning to play rugby abroad? You’ll need a visa! Here’s what to do

Before you can venture abroad to play rugby with your new club, you will first need to secure your travel visa.

The type of visa you will require will depend largely on where you are going and how long you intend to stay.

With lots of tricky visa application forms to fill out, the process of applying for a visa can often be complicated to say the least.

The good news is that The Rugby Agents has partnered with Visa First to help you secure the visa you need easily online.

Here’s how you can apply for your visa online today.

Common visas


With an Australian working holiday visa you can live, travel and work in Australia for 12 months. This visa is ideal if you are aged 18-30 (or 35 for Irish, French and Canadian Passport holders) and want to play rugby in Australia.

You can also extend your time in Australia for an additional 12 months by completing three months specified work in regional Australia.

Get your Australian Working Holiday Visa here

New Zealand

Dreaming of playing rugby in the land of the All Blacks?

You can apply for a New Zealand working Holiday visa if you are aged 18-30 (or 35 for certain nationalities).

Visa holders are entitled to travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months (or 23 months if you’re from the UK or Canada).

Get your New Zealand Working Holiday Visa here


Rugby is on the rise in Canada. If you would like to play here you should consider applying for the Canadian Working Holiday (IEC) Visa. You can apply if you are aged 18 – 30 (or 35 for some nationalities) and if your application is successful you will be entitled to stay in Canada for up to 24 months.

Get your Canadian Working Holiday Visa here


The UK is another popular destination for rugby travellers.

If you would like to play here you should consider applying for a Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) visa.

This visa is available for young people who would like to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years. Once your visa is approved, you can enter and leave the UK at any time while the visa is valid.

Get your UK visa here

How to get your visa

You can organise your visa in just three simple steps with Visa First.

1 – Choose your preferred visa

2 – Complete the simple online application form

3 – Provide your documents. Pay the application fee. Receive your visa!

Benefits of applying with Visa First

  • Visa First will boost your chances of a successful visa application

  • Fast and reliable service removing the hassle, uncertainty and time associated with arranging travel visas and permits.

  • More than 9,000 visas processed every year

  • Visa First is theworld's leading provider of visa processing and immigration services

To find out more about your visa, contact a member of the Visa First team today