TagFest Wigan 2023 saw a record number of teams battle it out as we continued our partnership with Wigan St.Cuthberts ARLFC.  Alongside the magnificent tag rugby action on display we had the ‘Movies’ themed fancy dress, traditional lunchtime Tug Of War contest and our hotly contested but always fun annual pie eating competition.  The legendary after party, dancing and drinking the night way into the early hours rounded off a fabulous day.

We are excited to once again be given the honour of being the first Northern Tagfest of the Tagfest Series.  Tagfest Wigan will see the welcome return of the lunchtime tug of war and pie eating competition that have become synonymous with Tagfest Wigan since it’s inception.  Over the coming months we will be announcing further activities along with the fancy dress theme for the tournament.  In addition, we will be able to announce details of our after party.

Tagfest Wigan 2024 will continue at Wigan St.Cuthberts ARLFC, just a 25-30 minute walk from Wigan’s main train stations.  Wigan is a short distance from Manchester and due to it being on the West Coast mainline is just two hours on the train from London. 

The first matches of TagFest Wigan 2024 will kick-off at 11.30am and culminate with the Cup final on the main pitch, in front of the bar terrace area. The winners’ presentations will take place shortly after the final.

All teams will play through the pool stages to determine whether they make it into the Cup or Plate competition.

  • All teams will have a guaranteed game time of 90 minutes
  • Maximum of 12 players per squad and a maximum of 4 male players on the pitch at any one time
  • Try Tag Rugby’s standard rules apply for all games. Which will be 7-a-side
  • All squads can have a maximum of four internationally capped players 
  • All players must be registered for insurance purposes
  • Teams will be seeded based on submitted squads. Squads must be complete by Wednesday 26th June
  • Seeding is done at the discretion of Try Tag Rugby, incomplete squads may result in higher seeding than expected
  • Consumption of alcohol by players is prohibited until the tournament has concluded

On completion of the finals, the presentation will take place in the clubhouse followed by an after party in the town centre – full details to be announced. 

Try Tag Rugby Wigan are delighted to develop their partnership further with the popular host venue Wigan St.Cuthberts ARLFC, Montrose Avenue, Wigan, WN5 9XN which is a ten-minute taxi drive from Wigan’s two main train stations.

Full female and male changing facilities are available on-site for use before, during and after the tournament – particularly important for getting yourself changed into your after-party outfit once the games are finished.

Fixtures for the day are scheduled to take place between 11.30am and 5pm with exact timings to be confirmed once seeding is complete. The winner’s presentation will follow the Cup Grand Final with the official after party then running until the early hours.

Food and drink will be available on-site throughout the day.

ITF approved Tag Rugby shorts or tights are strictly compulsory, available from the Try Tag Rugby shop www.trytagrugbyshop.com in advance or via card on the day. Details on ITF Approved (Tag Rugby) Shorts / Details on Kit Items not Permitted. Shorts will also be available to hire on the day.

We will have an extensive merchandise shop available at the event, showcasing new and popular lines of shorts, tights, balls and more. 

Team registration is available at the cost of £220 for squads of 12.  However, the first six teams to register can take advantage of our Early Bird Offer at the low price of £190!

Register a Team: https://trytagrugby.spawtz.com/Leagues/838/Registration/Team
Register as an Individual: https://trytagrugby.spawtz.com/Leagues/838/Registration/Individual

If your usual team can’t play or you just fancy a bit of a change, don’t worry, you can always register for the tournament as an individual for £25 and we will assign you to a bespoke Individuals’ Team of a similar standard or place you on a team that has requested additional players.

If you have a couple of mates and want to play together as part of an individuals’ team, sign up and contact us at wigan@trytagrugby.com with the players’ names.

All divisions: 4 maximum

Any player named in British, Irish, Australian, New Zealand or South African squads for the 2023 Tag World Cup or British & Irish Cup.

To help facilitate teams registering with their usual tournament squads where players have been selected in the expanding number of Great Britain teams, players in the newer Women’s 35s and Men’s 40s squads will count as 0.5 toward the total international player cap.

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