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Touch is the most popular and firmly established introduction to playing rugby. More than 15,000 men and women across the UK take part in organised touch-rugby tournaments each year.
As the name suggests, touch rugby is a minimal-contact version of the game, without rucks and mauls, scrums or lineouts, and where touching the player with the ball counts as a tackle. However, some of the basic principles of playing rugby do remain; the defence must move up quickly and as a unit, while the attacking players must make sure they are supporting the ball-carrier as much as possible.
As such, the game – normally six-a-side – is suitable for beginners and experienced players, men, women and children.
More information on the basics of touch rugby is available in The Game section of this website. Alternatively, the following links will provide you with: