Tag Rugby is a minimal contact team game in which each player wears shorts with velcro patches with two tags attached to them. The mode of play is similar to Rugby League, Touch Rugby or Rugby 7s with attacking players attempting to dodge, evade and pass a rugby ball while defenders attempt to prevent them scoring by “tagging” – pulling a velcro attached tag from the ball carrier. 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. The team scoring the most points will win the game.
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Isn’t Tag just for kids?
The game of Tag Rugby began in Australia in 1992 as an adult sport. The game spread quickly to New Zealand and Ireland, where in all three countries Tag is one of the most popular adult sports in the country.
Whilst Tag Rugby is a hugely popular game in the UK for teaching the basics of Rugby to children, the rules of adult Tag Rugby are quite different, providing a more complex and enjoyable sport than the children’s version of the game. Try Tag Rugby also use Tag Rugby shorts in our leagues, as opposed to Tag Rugby belts. This make for a far cleaner and safer game.
What is the difference between Tag Rugby & Touch Rugby?
There are a number of differences in the rules of Tag and Touch Rugby. The main difference is a tag needing to be removed to constitute a tackle, as opposed to making a touch with Touch Rugby. The other main features of Tag that are different to Touch include kicking being allowed, the ball being allowed to touch the ground and a marker being allowed to stand in the ruck. This means the dummy half can score tries or be tagged.
How long does a Tag Rugby match last?
A standard match is 40 minutes long, consisting of two 20 minute halves. At a few venues games may be shorter or longer than standard. In this case the match length will be noted in the league details section of our website. Matches at tournaments are generally shorter due to teams playing a series of games over the day. The amount of game time over the course of the day will be advertised in the lead up to each tournament.
How does the scoring work?
A try is scored when the ball is placed on or over the try line in a controlled manner. There are no conversions. A try is worth one point, except in the mixed leagues where a female try is worth two points. Involving the female members of your team is therefore essential for success in mixed Tag Rugby.
How big is a Tag Rugby pitch?
A Tag Rugby pitch can be between 35 and 70 metre long depending on the format. 7-a-side and 8-a-side Pitches are between 42 and 50 metres wide, with 6-a-side pitches being between 30 and 35 metres wide. A typical standard Tag pitch runs across half a full-sized rugby or football pitch, making two tag pitches on a full-sized pitch. No posts are necessary.
Do I need any rugby experience to play Tag Rugby?
No. Tag Rugby is an easy game to learn, and there are many players taking part in our competitions who have never played any form of rugby before. New players and teams are able to learn the game in our beginner standard leagues. Very experienced Rugby players do also play the game and if you are one of these players our A-Grade leagues will be a good test of your skills and fitness. If you are unsure about committing to a league you can always register for one of our Free Taster Sessions.
Do I need to be super fit to play Tag Rugby?
No. Tag Rugby can be played by players of varying levels of fitness. Although games are 40-minutes long rolling substitutes are permitted allowing you to come off the pitch for a breather as many times as you want! Regardless of your starting fitness level playing Tag Rugby is a great way to improve your fitness and stay healthy.