Tag Rugby

Tag rugby is a non-contact, fast-moving game that is suitable for adults or children, and for boys and girls to play together.

Its safe, non-contact nature, combined with the fun and liveliness of the sport, means that tag rugby is now the RFU’s official version of the game for under 7s and under 8s.

Basic rules

  • No contact, but gumshield advisable
  • No kicking of any kind
  • When a tag is made, the tagger stops running, holds the tag above their head and shouts “TAG!”
  • When the ball-carrier is tagged, the ball must be passed to a teammate within three seconds 
  • Competitive matches should not be more than seven a side

The use of a either a tag belt or tag shorts replicates a tackle and is clearly seen when an effective tag has been made. Teams are seven-a-side with a preferred gender mix of at least three men and women playing at one time. (Teams can choose the gender of the seventh player.)

The game has suggested progressions to allow the development of players and introduce more elements of the 15-a-side game. Coaches should use tag rugby to make their players see where space is and encourage evasive running into spaces and not faces.

Tag is a fast-growing version of the game, and the RFU encourages all clubs and playing organisations to look to organise regular tag rugby activity to increase fitness and participation.