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
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
New Try Tag Rugby website launched
16th March 2023
Try Tag Rugby’s website, www.trytagrugby.com has undergone a redesign and has launched today (Thursday 16th March 2023).
Tag Rugby Rugby launches in Brighton & Hove
9th 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 Award licence for Brighton & Hove
23rd February 2023
Try Tag Rugby is very excited to announce that we have awarded a licence for Try Tag Rugby Brighton & Hove.
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.
10th February 2023
All the Winter League results for London Try Tag Rugby Leagues.
PSS renews referee partnership into sixth year
8th February 2023
Try Tag Rugby are delighted to announce the continuation of our partnership with PSS International Removals for another year – our referee sponsor and supporter.
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*.
UK Tag Nationals 2023 – Q&A Update
19th October 2022
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.
TTR policy on sexual harassment
17th October 2022
Try Tag Rugby is committed to providing a positive and safe environment for all individuals at our leagues, events and socials.
11th October 2022
Try Tag Rugby’s Autumn Tournament took place on Saturday 8th October with summer-like weather for the teams taking part.
UK Tag Nationals 2023 – Nominations
10th October 2022
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.
A stunning start for Edinburgh in its first summer
7th October 2022
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.
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.
History made as TagFest London takes place
19th July 2022
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.
11th July 2022
Saturday 2nd July saw teams descend upon Lockleaze Sports Centre for a fun filled day of tag in Bristol.
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.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) were crowned champions of the 10th edition of the London Corporate Challenge 2022!
UK Tag Nationals 2022 – Review
24th May 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.
UK Tag Nationals 2022 – Preview
18th May 2022
The fourth Try Tag Rugby UK Tag Nationals will take place at West Park Leeds RUFC on Saturday 21st May 2022.
Spring Tag Tournament 2022 – Review
5th April 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.
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.
Try Tag Rugby launches in Edinburgh
15th March 2022
Try Tag Rugby is delighted to announce the launch of Try Tag Rugby Edinburgh North and the first Try Tag Rugby League in Scotland.
Try Tag Rugby London Annual Awards 2022
29th November 2021
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 regain British & Irish Cup 2021
25th October 2021
Ireland have regained the British & Irish Cup defeating Great Britain in Limerick, Ireland.
4th October 2021
Try Tag Rugby’s Autumn Tournament made a long awaited return on Saturday (30th October) after missing out in 2020.
Africa Caribbean Leopards win International Cup
13th September 2021
Try Tag Rugby’s International Cup made a long awaited return on Saturday (11th September) after missing out in 2020.