New to Tag Rugby? Been introduced by a mate? Get to know the basics of our game here.


What is tag rugby?

Tag Rugby is a minimal contact team game in which each player wears shorts with Velcro patches and two tags attached to them. The mode of play is similar to rugby league or touch rugby, with attacking players attempting to dodge, evade and pass a rugby ball, whilst defenders attempt to prevent them from scoring by ‘tagging’ – pulling one of the attackers’ Velcro-attached tags off.

Seven players in each team are allowed on the field at a time, whilst the field dimensions are generally 70m by 45m.

The attacking team has six plays or tags to try to score a try or take the ball down field as close to the line as possible.

Tries are worth one point and there are no conversions. In mixed Tag Rugby, female tries are worth two points.

Find Your League

If you’ve played Tag Rugby in school or as a child, you’ll see that the official Try Tag Rugby rules are quite different – our rules lead to a more dynamic and enjoyable game. Our shorts also use Velcro pads, rather than traditional Tag Rugby belts, creating a cleaner and safer game. Plus, you can get down the pub after!

Although games are 40 minutes long, rolling substitutes are permitted, so you can come off the pitch for a breather as often – or as little – as you require. Plus, there’s so much going on, that you won’t even realise how much exercise you’ve done!

Of course not! We offer leagues at multiple different ability levels all over the country, varying from complete beginners who’ve never so much as looked at a rugby ball, right up to experienced players. Whether you’re a lifelong rugby player or a new starter, our free taster sessions will help identify the perfect level for you.

Points are scored via tries, like in rugby. However, there’s no conversions in our game – tries are worth one point, so it’s easy to keep track of the score. In mixed games, female tries are worth double.

Tag Rugby games last around 40 minutes.

Tag Rugby can be played on pitches of varying sizes, with varying numbers of players per side. The number of players on the pitch for each league is always noted on our website.

The various formats we offer and male / female split for mixed leagues is as follows;
8-a-side – four males (maximum) and four females
7-a-side – four males (maximum) and three females
6-a-side – three males (maximum) and three females
5-a-side – three males (maximum) and two females

Our Players Say

Fantastic people, great venues, good value

Try Tag Rugby is great. Fantastic people, great venues, good value sport and lots of fun. Well organised and good at putting the right people of the right level together.

Amelia Ross| London

Great for fitness & social

I joined Try Tag Rugby over a year ago and can honestly say it was a game changer from both a fitness & social perspective. In terms of the sport it’s perfect for all ability levels, even if you haven’t played any form of rugby before.

Craig Williams| Yorkshire

Supportive of new players

Have had a great experience playing Tag Rugby. The officials are helpful and supportive of new players, especially beginners and take the time to share and demonstrate any rules.

Tilly Taylor| Edinburgh

Highly recommended

This is so much fun, would recommend for anyone any age or level to get involved. It’s very sociable and was a great way for me to meet new people. when I first moved to Bristol.

Ella Teasdale| Bristol

Latest News

Try Tag Rugby’s website, www.trytagrugby.com has undergone a redesign and has launched today (Thursday 16th March 2023).

Try Tag Rugby is delighted to announce the launch of its Brighton & Hove Licence and the opening of registration for its first ever Brighton & Hove League.

Try Tag Rugby is very excited to announce that we have awarded a licence for Try Tag Rugby Brighton & Hove.

Great Britain Tag Rugby are delighted to announce the addition of Women’s 35s team to the national programme.

Winter League results 2022/23

10th February 2023

All the Winter League results for London Try Tag Rugby Leagues.

Try Tag Rugby are delighted to announce the continuation of our partnership with PSS International Removals for another year – our referee sponsor and supporter.

Events Calendar 2023

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.

Rule Changes

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*.

Following feedback both directly and indirectly since last week’s launch of the 2023 UK Tag Nationals we wanted to take the opportunity to clarify certain decisions that were made about next year’s tournament and to update players on changes made to the nomination period.

Try Tag Rugby is committed to providing a positive and safe environment for all individuals at our leagues, events and socials.

Autumn Tournament 2022 Review

11th October 2022

Try Tag Rugby’s Autumn Tournament took place on Saturday 8th October with summer-like weather for the teams taking part. 

The UK Tag Nationals brings all the Try Tag Rugby regions together to battle it out for the title of UK Tag National Champions in four separate categories.

Since starting in March this year, Try Tag Rugby Edinburgh North, has taken the city of Edinburgh by storm.

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.

British & Irish Cup 2022

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.

Great Britain X OAKLIN

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.

Tag history was made on Saturday 16th July as 108 teams descended on King’s House Sports Ground, Chiswick for TagFest London 2022 – the largest, single-venue, Tag Rugby tournament ever to be staged in the northern hemisphere.

TagFest Bristol review

11th July 2022

Saturday 2nd July saw teams descend upon Lockleaze Sports Centre for a fun filled day of tag in Bristol.

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.

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.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) were crowned champions of the 10th edition of the London Corporate Challenge 2022!

For the first time ever the UK Tag Nationals took place outside of London with regional sides descending on West Park Leeds RUFC on Saturday 21st May.

The fourth Try Tag Rugby UK Tag Nationals will take place at West Park Leeds RUFC on Saturday 21st May 2022.

Try Tag Rugby’s Spring Tournament made a long awaited return on Saturday (2nd April) after not being able to run for the last two years.

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.

Try Tag Rugby is delighted to announce the launch of Try Tag Rugby Edinburgh North and the first Try Tag Rugby League in Scotland. 

Players, referees, and staff took a chance to celebrate the year in style at the Try Tag Rugby London Christmas Party and Annual Awards.

Ireland have regained the British & Irish Cup defeating Great Britain in Limerick, Ireland.

Autumn Tournament 2021

4th October 2021

Try Tag Rugby’s Autumn Tournament made a long awaited return on Saturday (30th October) after missing out in 2020.

Try Tag Rugby’s International Cup made a long awaited return on Saturday (11th September) after missing out in 2020.