Rugby can play a beneficial role in the lives of all children, regardless of age or ability, both at school and in their home life.

Touch Rugby is a great introduction to the sport for youngsters, where all a defender needs to do is touch the opposition to tackle.

Tag Rugby is a great introduction to the sport for youngsters, with tackling replaced by a cloth attached players' waists, which opposition players have to remove and shout 'tag!', leaving the ball carrier with three seconds to pass.


Basic Rules of touch rugby:

  • 6 players on each team.

  • The attacking side has 6 chances to score before the ball is turned over to the defensive team.

  • The attacking side must pass the ball backwards and scores by placing the ball over the try line.

  • To stop the attacking side, a defender has to touch the player with the ball. Once a touch has been made, the attacking team performs a ‘roll ball’ (placing the ball between their legs) and the entire defence must retreat 5m.

  • After 6 touches, or if the attacking team drops the ball at any point, the ball is turned over to the other team.


Tag Rugby

  • Method of scoring  A try is worth one point. To score a try a player must carry the ball over the opponents' goal line and press the ball down on the ground. (To ensure safe practice when playing on hard surfaces, it is suggested players score a try by merely running over the goal line with the ball) After a try is scored the game restarts from the centre of the field with a free pass by the non-scoring team.

  • The tag (tackle) Only the player with the ball can be tagged and a tag is simply the removal by a defender of one of the two ribbons from the ball carrier. Ball carriers can run or dodge potential taggers but cannot fend them off, spin around or guard or shield their ribbons in any way. This includes using the ball to fend away defenders. The defender then holds the ribbon above their head and shouts 'tag' for all to hear. Defenders must back off at least one metre from the ball carrier, allowing space for them to pass. They are not allowed to snatch the ball from the player's hand. Once tagged, the player in possession of the ball must attempt to stop as soon as possible and pass the ball within 3 seconds of being tagged (real beginners could be given longer). Even at full pace, the ball carrier will be expected to stop in 3 strides.

  • A free pass is used to start the game (from the centre of the field) or to restart it at the place where the ball went out of play or an infringement took place.

  • At a free pass the ball is held in two hands and on the instruction 'play' given by the referee the player passes the ball to a team-mate.

  • The player making the free pass must start play with a pass, they are not allowed to run with it themselves.

  • The opposition cannot start moving forward until the player has actually passed the ball.


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