A guide to tag rugby

Imagine a game of rugby with all the thrill of the chase and non of the bumps and bruises, and you have the non-contact sport of tag rugby. Endorsed by rugby governing bodies all over the world, including the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in England, the sport is seen as a safe and fun way for younger children to develop their skills in the game, and for adults to play without risking an injury. It's used in rugby league and rugby union. Tag rugby is suitable for mixed sex teams, and in the UK is the official version of the game played by under-7s.

There are several easy-to-follow rules that differentiate tag rugby from regular rugby:

No contact between players is allowed, other than for the defending player to 'tag' the player with the ball.

Players are not allowed to kick the ball at any stage.

When a player is tagged they must stop, hold the ball above their head and shout 'tag'. They then have three seconds to pass the ball to another player on their team.

Players wear a 'tag belt' which the opposing player pulls to register a 'tag'.

In competitive games each team is made up of seven or fewer players. In mixed teams a recommended gender mix of three-boys and three girls - with a seventh member of either sex - is standard practice.

As a training method, tag rugby is used to develop offensive skills such as running into space and evasive manoeuvres rather than the more defensive aspects of the game.


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