TAG RUGBY EXPLAINED

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

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

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

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

Latest News


Try Tag Rugby is thrilled to announce the expansion of its leagues to two exciting new regions in 2024: Newcastle and York.



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



The Great Britain Tag Rugby teams are set for a new era after achieving their greatest set of World Cup results so far last summer! The road to the next World Cup starts now with registration open for trials ahead of two international engagements this summer.



Try Tag Rugby, a leading organisation in social sport, proudly announces the introduction of its pilot junior programme in Brighton & Hove this spring. After 15 years growing the game UK wide to the point where over 10,000 adults participated weekly last summer, the launch of Try Tag Rugby Juniors is an exciting development in the growth of Tag throughout the UK.



Survey 2023 Review Article

16th February 2024

Having had an extremely busy and productive start to 2024 as we embark on another exciting year of Tag Rugby, we wanted to reflect on the feedback we received from our annual survey in 2023.



Events Calendar 2024 Launched!

13th December 2023

After an exciting year of TTR tournaments that saw the return of the Men’s & Women’s Tournament, the biggest ever UK Tag Nationals, and an ever expanding UK wide TagFest series we are delighted to launch our full events calendar for 2024.



The inaugural Try Tag Rugby Vets league has concluded, marking a triumphant blend of on-field action and post-match camaraderie!



Following the initial coaching application window the second phase of the 2024 tournament – player nominations – is now open.



Try Tag Rugby’s Men’s & Women’s Tournament returned to action on Sunday as eight women’s and eight men’s teams met on the pitch at Wasps FC.



Tagmas Returns

8th November 2023

Try Tag Rugby London is delighted to announce the return of our popular pre-Christmas tournament, Tagmas.



A record 21 teams took to the field in the Manchester Autumn Tournament on Saturday 14th October at Trafford MV RFCC, with those taking to the field experiencing the Manchester weather at its most changeable



Record numbers join the fun

24th October 2023

More people, in more locations, getting active and having fun as Try Tag Rugby pass the milestone of over 10,000 weekly participants (40% female) during the summer.



A fantastic part time or full time opportunity to own your own business, doing something meaningful, that you can be passionate about.



Try Tag Rugby’s Autumn Tournament took place on Saturday 21st October, the largest Autumn Tournament in TTR history.



Great Britain Tag Rugby is looking for aspiring, innovative and passionate coaches and team managers to join the programme for the new World Cup cycle.



Are you an enthusiastic Try Tag Rugby player who wants to spread the joy of the game and potentially win a year of free tag in the process?



UK Tag Nationals 2024

12th October 2023

Following an extensive review of the 2023 UK Tag Nationals, and after careful collaboration across all Try Tag Rugby regions, the first phase of the 2024 tournament is today being launched!



Great Britain Tag Rugby and Oaklin’s year-long partnership has now concluded following the Tag World Cup.



The Inaugural Thames Valley Origin Series (Oxford vs Reading) will take place in October and November 2023 to see which side reigns supreme.



TagFest Edinburgh 2023 Review

11th September 2023

The first ever TagFest in Scotland took place on Saturday 2nd September where 24 teams from London, Yorkshire, Wigan, Bristol, Ireland and Edinburgh played under the shadow of Arthur’s Seat at Duddingston Playing Fields.



Try Tag Rugby are pleased to launch our first ever Vets League for over 40s. The league features innovative rules to get older players involved.



Try Tag Rugby is pleased to announce a new 6-a-side Men’s League taking place this autumn at our Olympic Park South venue in Stratford.



TagFest Yorkshire Review 2023

1st September 2023

Teams from Ireland, London, Reading, Manchester and Wigan travelled to compete against a large number of teams from Yorkshire on home soil.



Try Tag Rugby has made waves in its first summer in Brighton & Hove with nearly 150 people currently playing weekly in its mixed gender summer league.



Summer League results 2023

22nd August 2023

Results from the Summer Leagues in London, Yorkshire, Manchester and Sheffield.



Great Britain crowned World Champions in the Women’s 30s amongst their best ever medal haul at the ITF’s flagship event.



After five years and two postponements, the fourth iteration of the ITF Tag World Cup is finally here.



From September, Try Tag Rugby London leagues are moving to four seasons annually. The approximate dates of the Autumn Season will be, September to December. 



The national coaches have selected their final squads to play in this summer’s 2023 Tag World Cup.



We have opened registration for a special offer of £39 for the season. The offer is open to all women, including those yet to join a team & those looking to make the most of summer and pick-up an extra night.



Great Britain claimed one of the most comprehensive victories in the history of British & Irish Cup.



King’s House Sports Ground in Chiswick will host the 2023 British & Irish Cup this Saturday 24th June.



Teams have now been selected for the 2023 International Cup.



All the Early Summer League results for Try Tag Rugby Leagues in London, Manchester and Yorkshire.



TagFest London 2023 took place on Saturday 10th June with stunning weather setting the summer vibes for the day. 90 teams from across Britain and Ireland competed for medals over four separate divisions.



Players are invited to celebrate the success of the Early Summer Season on Hove Green.



Great Britain Tag Rugby are excited to unveil a brand new kit designed specifically for the 2023 Tag World Cup.



The fifth annual UK Tag Nationals took place on Saturday 20th May as a record number of Try Tag Rugby regions sent teams to battle it out to be crowned national champions.



Friday 12th May saw the return of the Yorkshire Corporate Challenge, a staple in the Yorkshire Tag calendar since 2016.



Richmond Athletics Ground in London is the venue this Saturday (20 May) for the annual UK Tag Nationals – and the Our League cameras will be there to stream all the action.



Following the initial months of 2023 Great Britain training the coaches have picked their teams to play in the British & Irish Cup on Saturday 24th June in Chiswick.



Try Tag Rugby and Tag Sports CIC are excited to launch a new partnership which will see the two organisations working together.



Two of the strongest community Rugby League clubs in London will go head-to-head at TagFest London this June 10th when Wests Warriors and London Chargers clash at Richmond Athletic Ground.



Try Tag Rugby is pleased to announce that we have joined Stonewalls Diversity Champions Programme.



In the 11th edition of Corporate Challenge London, teams battled it out to be crowned winners in four divisions and win money for charity.



Try Tag Rugby has renewed a partnership with Wolfpack Lager who will sponsor the Queen’s Park Early Summer and Summer Leagues.



Try Tag Rugby Coventry & Warwickshire are excited to be bringing Tag Rugby to the birthplace of Rugby this April.



All the Spring League results for Try Tag Rugby Leagues in London, Manchester and Yorkshire.



Spring review

4th April 2023

Try Tag Rugby’s Spring Tournament took place on Saturday 1st April with 94 teams battled it out for glory across four separate divisions.



TagFest Series 2023

31st March 2023

We are pleased to announce registration for the TagFest Series our tournaments are all open for 2023.



Try Tag Rugby Edinburgh will hold a Pub Quiz as an end of season social event.



Refer your friends and win!

24th March 2023

Get your friends to give Tag a try during the Early Summer Season and you could win a FREE season.



Saturday 4th March saw the best of the North descend on Heaton Moor RUFC (Manchester) to compete in the first Northern & Scottish UKTN Regional Tournament.



Try Tag Rugby is delighted to announce it has awarded Clodagh Nic Lochlainn, the current owner of Try Tag Rugby Edinburgh North, the additional licence for Edinburgh South.



Great Britain Tag Rugby training squads announced for ITF Tag World Cup year.



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.