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Tag rugby rules

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Tag rugby is a non contact sport based upon the rules of rugby league. It is an exciting and enjoyable game that men, women and children of all abilities and ages can enjoy playing. There are no scrums in tag rugby.


The object of tag rugby is to score tries by running with the ball with the aim of touching it on the ground behind the opponents try line. A distinctive feature of tag rugby is that players wear tag rugby belts or tag rugby shorts. These have Velcro patches to which two ribbons are attached. Instead of physically tackling a player who has possession of the ball, tag rugby defending players attempt to remove a ribbon in order to advance the game.


Tag rugby can be played with just four of five players in a team, so is a great game to play with friends and family in the park, garden or at the beach. Because tag rugby is easy to play it does not take long to pick up the basic rules and can be played by just about anyone regardless of any previous experience or knowledge of rugby.


A game of tag rugby usually lasts for 20 minutes each half with a five minute break in between, however games played at tag rugby competitions and festivals are shorter.

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Tag rugby play
Beginning the tag rugby game and the free pass

There is strictly no physical contact in tag rugby The players should not come into contact with each other at any time and failure to keep to this rule will be penalised.


Any infringements of the rules of tag rugby result in a free pass being given to the opposing side at the place where the incident took place. In tag rugby, infringements to the rules include any player kicking the ball, any physical contact between players, barging or running into other players, diving, or spinning to avoid tags being taken,

When an infringement takes place on the tag rugby try line, the free pass is moved to 5 metres back, to allow space for the tag rugby players to both attack and defend

If the offence has been committed by the defending tag rugby team, the attacking side has their tag count returned to zero. A defending team is awarded a free pass at the centre spot.


There is only one way of scoring in tag rugby and that is by scoring tries. Each try is worth one point and in order to score in tag rugby, a player must run over the try line and touch the ball on the ground. After a try has been scored, the game of tag rugby restarts from the centre of the pitch. The team with the most tries is the winner.


Whether playing tag rugby in an organised game or simply having fun on the beach, tag rugby is a fun exciting game that everyone can enjoy.