Is it possible to continue playing rugby with an ACL tear?

It's Possible. After any surgery, it takes time to heal from it. Most people with ACL repair surgeries will take 3-4 months to feel like the knee feels stable and stronger as the graft sets in. Obviously following your doctor's orders are key and when rehab starts follow it to a T. You will do just fine. If you are concerned talk to your doctor. If surgery not planned consider Regenexx Stem Cell Therapies.
YES, beware. If you are "the chosen one" then it is possible to play. Acutely upon acl injury an orthopedic surgeon cannot identify the "chosen ones". The only way to find out is to allow a young patient to return to play knowingly with an acl tear and hoping that you are the "chosen one". Unfortunately, while finding out, additional catastrophic injury to the knee can occur & in not currently recommended.
Possible, no likely. Rugby is one of the sports that almost definitely requires an intact ACL due to the intense requirement for frequent changes of direction at top speed. Cutting and playing rugby without a functioning ACL puts the remainder of your knee at risk for further damage such as a meniscal or cartilage tear.
Instability. The ACL is essential for rotational and translational stability in cutting/pivoting sports like rugby. If the ACL is completely torn, playing rugby would be very difficult due to instability. Occasionally one can return to sport with a diligent and comprehensive rehab program and external bracing, but further injury such as a meniscus tear due to an instability episode is a distinct possibility.
Chosen one? Its known that a subset of the acl injury population can remain quite functional despite the tear. Thurman thomas running back of the buffalo bills in the nfl played without an acl. However, a doctor cannot determine if you are the "chosen one" by simply examining you after your injury. Therefore, in active people its appropriate to advise acl reconstruction or risk further injury to the knee.

Related Questions

Torn ACL will I be able to play rugby again?

Unlikely. Without surgery the knee is not likely to be stable enough to play a sport such as rugby. Read more...

If I have a partial ACL tear, can I still play rec-league basketball?

Partial ACL. Yes you can play with a partial acl tear but you should protect your knee with an acl specific brace. Your ability to play also depends on the percentage of your tear and how much muscle tone you have in the leg. Read more...
Probably. Partial and complete tears of the acl can also be associated with cartilage injury. If you have instability or other mechanical symptoms of catching or locking, persistent swelling, or joint line pain then high impact, twisting activities should probably be avoided. If symptoms persist, an MRI can help diagnose other internal knee injuries. Read more...

If I have an ACL tear, will I ever be able to play competitive football again?

It depends. If you have an ACL tear you should have it reconstructed or avoid playing contact sports. Even with a good ACL brace, the knee is prone to instability wtih pivoting and cutting. When this occurs the knee subluxes and the meniscus can be torn increasing the risk of arthritis later on. If the ACL is reconstructed, the knee will never be the same as it was, but you can play with less risk. Read more...
Yes. One large study showed that nfl football players returned to play at an average of 11 months after surgery for acl reconstruction. The level of performance was not has high but that varied according to position, with quarterback having the highest level of performance compared to pre-injury. Read more...

I have an ACL tear and my orthopedic said that it is degree 2+ and not to play for 2 months. Will I be alright after 2 months?

Depends. Partial injuries of the acl in low demand patients can do well assuming a straight ahead lifestyle. The more twisting and cutting demand, then the more likely that the knee will continue to be unstable and damage other things. Read more...

Hey, I was diagnosed with a severe ACL tear, so my question here, why can't I perform a surgery as am an athlete and will I be able to play without it?

Acl tear. If you are an athlete you should seriously consider having surgery for your acl tear. You risk further injury and tearing your meniscus if you do not have it done. Read more...
Yes you should. When you tear an acl, a person often feels as though the knee went the wrong way. It is usually a non-contact injury. The knee will swell. Later after recovery from the pain and swelling of this first injury, the knee often feels great. The symptoms then are of recurring instability like you don't trust the knee or it gives out. So the symptoms actually change with time. Surgery is usually the tx. Read more...

Hey, I was diagnosed with a severe ACL tear, am 17 years old only, why can't I perform a surgery as am an athlete and will I be able to play without it?

Surgery preferred. At your age, you should have reconstructive surgery. No reason for delay, if diagnosis has been confirmed by mri. You should not play sports on an acl torn/deficient knee, as this will lead to further injury and earlier post-traumatic arthritis. Read more...
Maybe. Many patients are able to go back to normal activities without an acl. You are more likely to have symptoms if you go back to high level activites without having the surgery. Read more...

I got an ACL tear. Orthopedic said that it is degree 2+ and not to play sports for 2 months. Will I be alright after 2 months?

Likely. "it depends" on how well/fast you heal, how much abuse you put it through while "not playing" for the next two months, how much you weigh, and other factors. Should be fine, but will have to see in 2 months--might take longer. Read more...
Depends. Not all acls need to be fixed. It depends on patient demands and instability. If the knee wobbles, it should be fixed. If no wobbles during everyday activities and you are willing to give up twisting and cutting sports you may be ok. If you want to play basketball, soccer, gymnastics, or other twisting and cutting sport, you will probable wobble during play and need to be fixed. Read more...

MRI (March) shws grade 1, 2, 3 meniscal dmge, partial pcl, complete ACL tear (soccer injury in jan) Srgn says MRI inaccurate (sept), askd me 2 play. Shd i?

MRIs. are generally very accurate for detecting meniscal and ligament tears of the knee. You can always get a second opinion interpretation of the MRI, or, since it was 6 months ago, try to get a new MRI. Things may have changed since then. Otherwise, see an orthopedic surgeon for further evaluation. Read more...