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Tag Rugby, also known in the USA as flag rugby or flag rugby league, is a non-contact team game in which each player wears a belt that has two velcro tags attached to it, or shorts with velcro patches. The mode of play is similar to rugby league 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. Tag rugby is also used as a development game / alternative by the rugby union community.

Tag Rugby comes in several forms with OzTag and Mini Tag being some of the better known variations. Tag Rugby has the highest participation levels in Ireland and Australia.

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Tag Rugby variants

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OzTag

OzTag is a non-contact form of rugby league. Former St George Dragons halfback Perry Haddock founded the sport while coaching the 1992 St George Jersey Flegg side.

Games are usually played over 40 minutes. The normal dimensions of the field are 70 metres x 50 metres. Eight players in each team are allowed on the field at a time.

The attacking team has six plays or tags to try and score a try or take the ball down field as close to the line as possible. Like most versions of tag rugby, a tackle is made when one of two velcro stripes, known as tags, is removed from the ball carrier's shorts.

Players can pass and kick the ball and tries are worth one point and there are no conversions. Kicking in general play is allowed but it must: be below shoulder height of the referee and on zero count with no play-the-ball (from playing a knock-on advantage for instance) or after the 4th tag.

Mini Tag

Unlike OzTag, Mini Tag is based on rugby union rather than rugby league. For under-7s it does not have an equivalent of the six tags law and instead tackled players must off-load the ball. For under-8s there is a six tag law (RFU Continuum 3.5.g) which requires that on the 7th tag the referee will stop the game and give the ball to the other side. The restart is with a free pass.

Mini Tag is currently the only form of rugby union permitted by the English RFU for under-8 and under-7 age groups. Mini Tag requires the use of a size 3 rugby ball and does not allow scrums, line-outs or kicking.

Tag rugby worldwide

Australia

Since its beginnings in 1993, OzTag has grown in popularity across Australia in urban and rural areas. Twenty-eight teams participated in the first season in summer 1992-1993 playing in the Cronulla and St George areas of Sydney. Today, more than 36,000 players take part in OzTag competitions nationally.

There are Oztag competitions running all over Australia, with the largest areas located in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. Competing teams are in six divisions: women's open, mixed, men's open and men's over-30s, 35s, and 40s.

England

Tag Rugby UK Limited brought the game of Tag Rugby to England in 1991. It runs leagues for adults.

In 2003-4, the RFU introduced Mini Tag into its junior development program called The Three Stages of the Rugby Continuum, replacing touch rugby.

Tag Rugby also developed via IMBRL (Inter Message Board Rugby League) where message boards representing clubs took part in tournaments and friendly matches. Some developed into full- contact teams, others became tag teams and others folded. In 2008, a Tag Merit League was established based on the RL Merit League format. The league was developed with the intention to encourage new clubs outside the older IMBRL circuit to play tag rugby league. The Merit League operates on normal rugby league laws with tags taking the place of tackles.

Skolars were the first organisation to bring regular tag rugby to London holding a 4 team men's competition at Finsbury Park during the summer of 2008 and an 8 team mixed competition during the summer of 2009.[1]

In 2009 London based Try Tag Rugby have run adult Autumn and Winter Tag Rugby competitions at the Finsbury Park Athletics stadium in North London & Wandsworth Common in south-west London. Two representative matches have also taken place featuring London Australia, London New Zealand and London Ireland. Try Tag Rugby play their London competitions under Oztag rules. [2]

International Tag Rugby League Festival

After the huge success of the inaugural Rochdale Swarm International Mixed Tag Rugby League Festival the event returns on the 29th of May 2010 for what promises to be an even bigger event.

In 2009 Teams from Ireland, Scotland and Wales entered alongside a Team drawn from Rochdale Fijians and the local Asian Community. This was complemented by teams from all across England The Festival was a non-contact, mixed gender 7-a-side competition, where at least 2 of the 7 are from the opposite sex.

With an unprecedented demand for places it was the biggest ever adult Tag Rugby League Festival held in the UK.

Ireland

The Irish Tag Rugby Association (ITRA) introduced Adult Tag Rugby to Ireland in 2000 in association with the Irish Rugby Football Union when the first ever league was run for 36 teams. Their league is known as Volvic Tag[3]. The Irish Rugby Football Union[4] began to run its own tag rugby leagues in 2007 following a split with ITRA. Astro Sports Leagues[5] in 2004 began the only weeknight tag rugby leagues that run 4 seasons of the year - called Rip Rugby. Rip Rugby is mixed tag rugby played on the latest generation astro-turf pitches - avoiding the issue of games cancelled due to waterlogged pitches.

The sport has become particularly popular in Ireland and in 2007, over 28,000 players in the two programmes making up more than 1,700 teams took part in Tag Rugby at 30 venues all over the country. This increased in 2008 and 2009.

There are four major types of Tag Rugby played there. They include men-only leagues, women-only leagues, mixed leagues (in which a minimum of three players must be female), and vets league (over-35s). Each type is usually played in four different ability categories ranging from A league (the most competitive) through B, C, and beginners league (the most inexperienced and usually the least competitive). Veterans leagues comprise of teams of players all over 35 yrs old.

Many companies pay for or sponsor company teams as a method of recreation hence this format of rugby's popularity and its non-contact nature makes it playable for mixed sex and age teams and inter-office competitions.

Bruff RFC in County Limerick has been running tag rugby events since 2006. They run an Annual "Twilight Tag" Spring League under floodlights in April/May and run an Annual Tag Rugby Festival during the summer with teams competing from all over Ireland and the UK. They also run an annual Tag Rugby Blitz known as the Bull N Booze during August after the end of the summer tag season.

New Zealand

KIWITAG is the original administration of Tag Rugby in New Zealand.

  • 1993-98 The game is played in pockets throughout the country – however no governance structure, common goals or standard rules in place
  • 2005 – 2007 Auckland Kiwitag Inc. established and recognised by the majority of the sports participants as the interim governing body of Tag Rugby throughout New Zealand.
  • 2008-2009 - New committee and chairman elected. Thus ensuring that the original established administration continues to govern the sport of Tag Rugby.

Event Management Achievements ►7 Auckland Regional Tournaments (2000-07) ►4 Invitational Supertag Tournaments(2004-07) ►3 Pacifika Tournaments (2004-07) ►1 Trans Tasman series (2006) ►1 World Cup (2007) ►1st National Tournament Feb 2008 - Taupo ►2nd Nationals Tournament Feb 2009 - Auckland ►3rd Nationals Auckland Feb 2010

P.I.T.A

Pacific Island Tag Association- refer to KIWITAG.COM

USA

OzTag is known as flag rugby league or flag rugby in the United States. The American version of the rules is known as Eagletag.

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England

France

Ireland

New Zealand

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