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Beach Rugby

A player makes a burst through the defence during a game of beach rugby

Photo: RFU Archive

What rugby enthusiast could turn down the proposition of sun, sea, sand and rugby?

The interchangeable nature of possession, leading to rapid changes from attacking to defending, means that the game involves developing and improving a wide range of skills. Cooperation, teamwork and a keen sense of fun are all key elements in beach tag rugby.

The game is a fast-moving one suitable for boys and girls of all ages to play together, in which a tackle is replaced by a tag. The game is fun, fast-paced and exciting, but because it is played on sand there are some differences to the conventional game of tag rugby.

  • Can be played as a five or seven-a-side game
  • Both genders, all abilities and all ages welcome
  • Common to use a size 4 ball rather than the traditional size 5
  • Non-contact, tag rugby rules apply
  • No shoes or socks

Seaside clubs have traditionally used the beaches for pre-season training. Clubs are encouraged to run sessions and mini round-robin festivals to engage the local community and visiting holidaymakers.

Its safe non-contact nature, combined with the fun of the sport and vibrancy of the environment, means that beach tag rugby has become one of the RFU’s favourite summer sports.

Great idea for a rugby tour

A young player makes a charge during a game of beach rugby

Photo: RFU Archive

Participation in a beach festival, especially an international one, is also a great idea for a tour.

Visit the pages on how to organise your own event with a detailed run-down of the rules of beach rugby.


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