Great Britain Tag Rugby
Great Britain Tag Rugby is the national programme for the sport of Tag in the United Kingdom.
The programme selects the best Tag Rugby players from around the country to play in seven sides across different age and gender categories, united by a shared vision and set of core values.
Try Tag Rugby is the official Great Britain delegate to the International Tag Federation. Try Tag Rugby operates and manages Great Britain Tag Rugby as its national representative programme for the sport of Tag Rugby in the UK.
Over 200 players, coaches and managers are currently engaged by the programme with annual trials taking place to bring new and emerging talent into the national sides. See the Tag Rugby pathway into Great Britain (pictured).
Great Britain competes annually in the British & Irish Cup, the oldest international Tag tournament in the northern hemisphere; sends sides to the ITF Tag World Cup which takes place every three years; enters the International Tag Series; and plays South Africa biennially since 2022.
• To develop The Tag Rugby Performance Pyramid to drive participation at the base and achieve excellence at the peak
• To develop a lifelong player pathway from childhood to adolescence to adulthood thereby ensuring a future for the game
• To ensure equality of provision across all age and gender categories within the Great Britain Programme
• To power the performance of the Great Britain Tag Rugby sides to World Cup success and beyond
• To engage, to inspire, and to develop players of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels
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You’ll need to be a registered Try Tag Rugby player or registered with another full ITF member. Anyone who was born in the United Kingdom; has a British passport; or has lived in the United Kingdom for at least the last three consecutive years. You cannot have played Tag Rugby for a different national team in the preceding year.
Following the Tag Rugby Performance Pyramid from top to bottom is the best way into the national setup. Playing weekly in leagues in your region will develop the fundamental skills and consistency all players require. Entering tournaments will provide you with the experience of playing a wider range of competitive opposition. Joining a Super League team will expose you to regular high level Tag Rugby. Having done this trialling for and representing your UK Tag Nationals region is then the best way to show your talents to the Great Britain coaches before registering for GB trials.
Great Britain trials are run annually at the start of spring to bring new and emerging talent into the national sides. An open trial is always run in London, while the last couple of years have seen additional trials run in Coventry, Oxford and Manchester to better facilitate access to the national programme for regional players.
Players of all experience levels are welcome to register for the open London trials as historically there have been players with representative experience from other sports that have made rapid progress into the Great Britain sides as a result of their transferable skills. However the majority of players benefit from taking the time to learn and develop the fundamental skills of the sport through leagues, tournaments, and finally Tag Nationals.
There are currently seven Great Britain sides. We have Mixed, Women’s and Men’s sides in the Open’s category; Mixed, Women’s and Men’s sides in the 30s category; and a Men’s side in the 40s category. Part of Great Britain Tag Rugby’s long-term vision is to create Mixed, Women’s and Men’s teams in U21s category; Mixed and Women’s teams in the 40s category and explore the creation of teams in the 50s category.
International Tag Rugby is played in the 8-a-side format. Mixed categories have a maximum of four male players on the pitch at any one time.
All age category restrictions are based on the date of the next ITF Tag World Cup. The dates below are the current ones for the 2023 tournament. Open categories have no age restrictions.
30s/Seniors – born on or before 31st December 1993 with men in the Mixed teams born on or before 31st December 1990.
40s – born on or before 31st December 1983.
50s – born on or before 31st December 1973.
U21s – born on or after 1st January 2002.
GB Tag Rugby News
2023 Great Britain Training Squads Announced
16th March 2023
Great Britain Tag Rugby training squads announced for ITF Tag World Cup year.
Great Britain Women’s 35s team launched
20th February 2023
Great Britain Tag Rugby are delighted to announce the addition of Women’s 35s team to the national programme.
6th February 2023
After a review into our tournament offerings, we are excited to launch our full events calendar for 2023 which has something for every section of our community nationwide.
2nd February 2023
Try Tag Rugby is pleased to announce that we will be adopting the 2022 International Rulebook for all their leagues and tournaments commencing from the 2023 Spring season*.
British & Irish Cup Review 2022
12th September 2022
The 2022 British & Irish Cup took place over the weekend of 3rd and 4th of September at West Park Leeds RUFC with Ireland ultimately emerging winners in the closest contest in the tournament’s history.
1st September 2022
The 2022 British & Irish Cup takes place this coming weekend (3rd/4th September) at West Park Leeds RUFC as Great Britain and Ireland once again go head to head in the annual tournament.
15th August 2022
Great Britain Tag Rugby is proud to announce a new partnership with Oaklin that will see the organisation join the programme as an associate partner through to the Tag World Cup 2023.
Five referees have been selected to represent Try Tag Rugby at the upcoming International Tag Series in Limerick.
International Tag Series Selections 2022
28th June 2022
After showcasing their talents for their regions at the UK Tag Nationals the focus for the best Tag players in the country now shifts to the International Tag Series, taking place on the 5-6th August in Limerick, Ireland.
Great Britain launch Men’s 40s
10th June 2022
Following the success of the Men’s 40s category at the recent UK Tag Nationals, Great Britain Tag Rugby are excited to announce the formation of a Great Britain Men’s 40s side.
Great Britain Elite Player Squads 2022
17th March 2022
With two international Tag Rugby tournaments on the horizon in 2022 we are pleased to announce the six Great Britain Elite Player Squads training this year.
Ireland regain British & Irish Cup 2021
25th October 2021
Ireland have regained the British & Irish Cup defeating Great Britain in Limerick, Ireland.