Tag Rugby began in Australia as a training aid for Rugby League teams. Former St George Dragons halfback Perry Haddock founded the sport while coaching the 1992 St George under 20 side.
Since its beginnings in 1993, Oztag has grown in popularity across Australia in urban and rural areas. 28 teams participated in the first season in summer 1992-1993 playing in the Cronulla and St George areas of Sydney. Today, well over 160,000 players take part in Oztag competitions nationally.
The first game ever of Oztag was played on Monday 26th October 1992 in North Barton Park, West Botany Street, Rockdale, NSW, Australia. With the first ever try scorer being Johnathon Docking.
Whilst taking off in Australia Tag Rugby quickly spread across the Tasman to New Zealand. The popularity of Tag Rugby in New Zealand can be seen by the large number of Kiwis turning out in Try Tag Rugby competitions throughout London.
The Irish Tag Rugby Association (ITRA) introduced adult Tag Rugby to Ireland in 2000 and the sport has gone on to become with upwards of 30,000 players regularly playing the game.
Whilst Tag Rugby was played in small pockets of interest in England, and in early 2000s via Inter Message Board Rugby League (IMBRL) where message boards representing clubs took part in tournaments and friendly matches, the game never really had a foothold until 2008/09.