Young rugby hopefuls are being warned of the pitfalls of sexting, pornography, first dates after online hook-ups and offered positive relationship, finance and mental and personal health in a new handbook.

The Players' Own Handbook, created by New Zealand Rugby Players' Association, features a wide range of life skills to teenage rugby players; including age-grade players tipped for big futures.

Nineteen thousand copies of the book have been published; with it being distributed to teenaged players of both sexes at clubs and schools, as well as being used by the New Zealand Under-20 squad, provincial union academies and Super Rugby

The School of Rugby