Fitness tips: what kind of rugby should you try?

(Last Updated On: December 8, 2018)

From tag to XRugby, there’s a type of rugby for everyone, says the RFU’s Ben Lowe

Tag rugby, age 5+
Noncontact, using tag belts; tackles are replicated by pulling off a tag. Great for learning the basics – passing, evasion and fitness. There are no set pieces (lineouts or scrums). Pitches are small. Team sizes grow with age; mixed until age 11.

Touch rugby, age 14+
Noncontact: tackles are replaced by a ‘touch’, taking away a major barrier for some. Involves lots of aspects of contact rugby, but without set pieces or kicking. Typically six-a-side, and mixed gender. Can be played indoors or outdoors.

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