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What is a .rugby domain?

The football game known as rugby was 'born' in the city of Rugby, Warwickshire (England), also the home of a famous British school of the same name. Players of the game, like alumni of the school and others, now can underscore their support with a .RUGBY top-level domain name.

FAQs for .rugby

.rugby General FAQ
The international Rugby Board (IRB) has announced their intentions for a new .rugby generic Top Level Domain (gTLD). Rugby is popular style of football named after the Rugby School in the United Kingdom. According to IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset, "With an 18 per cent increase in participation over the last four years we now have more than 5.5 million players participating across 117 countries affiliated to the IRB. Rugby is engaging with more men, women and children than ever before while the profile and commercial reach of the sport continues to go from strength to strength."
Why are there new gTLD's? .rugby new gTLD domain names?
The internet has revolutionized the modern world, connecting more than 2.4 billion internet users for commercial, social, cultural, and educational purposes. Vying for domain name space in this virtual real estate market has become increasingly difficult at a cost-effective level for new businesses, entrepreneurs, and even individuals. To break out from the limited space provided by current gTLD extensions, ICANN has begun the process of releasing over 1,000 new extensions. By adding to the internet’s list of extensions, ICANN intends not only to allow more domain names, but create a safer, more efficient internet that has instant significance of a website’s content in regards to its extension. The .rugby clearly shows what the website will contain, and therefore saves time and helps streamline the internet user’s experiences online. Get your .rugby domain today!
When will .rugby be available ?
ICANNs New gTLD program is well under way and as the program continues to progress New gTLDs will be released at a consistent pace. As 101domain gets more information on New gTLD releases, we will be updating release dates on a per-extension basis. Look for many more new and exciting domain names becoming available in the near future!
Why should I pre-register new top-level domain .rugby now?
Pre-registering a .rugby domain will allow us to submit your domain for registration as soon as it becomes possible to do so. This is the best way to secure your chance of owning a new gTLD domain. By pre-registering you will not have to worry about missing any deadlines and because pre-registration is free, you have nothing to lose. Also submitting a free pre-registration allows to update you on pricing, policies and deadlines. Unfortunately, cannot guarantee that we can successfully register a .rugby pre-registered domain.
Does it cost anything to pre-register .rugby?
The .rugby pre-registration process is completely free. You will only be required to provide a valid email address and your other contact details. Only when the gTLD is open for registration and you wish to register the domain name will you be required to provide a credit card and payment.

We may send you an email regarding your .rugby free pre-registration to confirm you request. If this email is not deliverable, your account will be closed and your free pre-registration will be deleted.

Am I obligated to register a .rugby domain I pre-registered?
No. .rugby Pre-registrations are non-binding and free. Once we receive information regarding the domain policy and we know the price, you will be asked to confirm your pre-registration, which would allow you to change your non-binding pre-registration into a binding General Availability Pre-Order.
Are there any limitations on .rugby free pre-registrations? has set a limit of 500 .rugby free pre-registrations per user. This limit is intended to allow equal opportunity to our customers and prevent domain name warehousing. Any .rugby free pre-registrations that exceed this amount or create multiple accounts will be deleted.
Is authorized to accept .rugby free pre-registrations?
Yes, is authorized to accept .rugby free pre-registrations.
.rugby How much will the yearly registration fee be?
Pricing information for the new gTLDs .rugby is not yet available. Any users with free pre-registrations will be notified by email once this information is available.
What will the gTLD launch sequence be for .rugby

When the a gTLD .rugby is approved, ICANN will set forth rules and guidelines as well as a launch sequence which dictates who can register a new gTLD .rugby, when and under what conditions. The expected launch sequence will be:

  • Trademark Sunrise .rugby – is a special period that provides current brand and trademarks owners the opportunity to secure their trademarks under the new top level domain. The fee for registration during this period is usually higher as trademarks will need to be verified and cleared.
  • Landrush – a short registration period for entities and individuals who do not own a trademark in the name they wish to register. It is intended for highly sought-after generic .rugby domains and are usually priced significantly higher than registering during general availability. If more than one landrush application is received for the same .rugby domain, the .rugby domain will usually go to auction in which the applicants will have the chance to bid for the domain.
  • General Availability – This phase is open to the general public and is a first-come, first served launch. When a .rugby domain is registered, it is officially reserved and registered in real time.
  • Premium or Reserved Names – A registry can and will withhold .rugby domains names from open registrations that are considered premium domains, which are names that are highly desired or unique. These .rugby domains with this premium status will eventually be auctioned to the highest bidder.