The Great Britain Tag Rugby Programme is set for one of its most exciting years yet with the inaugural International Tag Series to be played in Limerick just a year out from the Tag World Cup and a home British & Irish Cup taking place outside of London for the first time.
The programme gets underway with two Great Britain Trials held at the beginning of March. For the first time a full trial will be run outside of the capital with players from the North, the Midlands and the West Country encouraged to converge on Warwick University, Coventry on Sunday 6th March before capital and Thames Valley players trial in London (venue TBC) a week later on Sunday 13th March.
As with last year registration is open to all interested players with the Great Britain coaches then shortlisting the players they wish to invite to trial. If you do not think the coaches will have seen you play we would recommend that you ask an appropriate representative in your region to speak to the coaches on your behalf.
The trials are designed for players who were not part of the Great Britain training squads in 2021. If you are unsure if you need to trial please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to your coach.
Following the selection announcement on Thursday 17th March, training will commence at Regent’s Park on Sunday 27th March. This year teams will only be required to train centrally two weeks out of every three to help players balance their Great Britain commitments. Teams will rotate through a cycle that will see four teams training each week. Teams can internally arrange sessions every third week if they wish.
Two training camps will take place outside of London this coming season. The first will be in Leeds on Sunday 22nd following Tag Nationals in the same location the day before. The second training camp will run in Bristol in late June or early July with a date to be confirmed shortly.
Great Britain Tag Rugby is aiming to establish a Men’s 40s side for the first time in 2022. In its inaugural year it will run with a different timeline to the existing six teams so interested players will not be required to trial at the start of March. Instead, the UK Tag Nationals (launching soon) will look to include a Men’s 40s category for the first time which will act as the launchpad for the national team should there be sufficient interest and playing standard.
International Tag Series and British & Irish Cup
The British & Irish Cup returns to the UK on the 3rd-4th September and will take place in West Yorkshire for the first time as the Great Britain sides look to wrest the trophy back from Ireland once again. This will be the second opportunity for international competition for our Great Britain sides with the International Tag Series taking place at the University of Limerick, Ireland on the 4th-6th August – just one year before the Tag World Cup takes place at the same venue.
Player costs this year will of course be a consideration for all looking to be involved in the programme. Charges will be spread out through the year for ease of payment but will include training subs, transport to and from sessions, training kit (for those who do not already have it), accommodation charges for camps and tournaments, flights to Ireland and playing kit (for the ITS and those who do not already have B&I kit). As such it is imperative for the programme to find sponsorship. A centrally produced brochure will be ready for players to utilise following trials but all selected players will be expected to take part in the search for sponsors.
To help with the programme costs and due to demand from the wider tag community we will be producing two styles of Great Britain supporters’ jerseys for the first time. Profits from these jerseys will be invested back into the programme and are a fantastic way for your family and friends to show their support for you at tag events and beyond. We will also be unveiling an exciting new off-field range of Great Britain stash for selected players.