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What to expect.



Touch rugby : the basics.

  • 6 players per team on the field. In mixed, this is split 3 girls/3 boys.

  • Up to 14 players per team with unlimited rolling substitutions


  • Run forwards, pass backwards.

  • When the ball carrier is touched by a defender, they must place the ball on the floor as still as possible and step over it. This is called a 'roll ball'.

  • The player who picks up the ball at the 'roll ball' cannot score or get touched. They are called the 'half'. They can run before they pass.

  • The attack have 6 touches to progress up the field to score a try.

  • The attack scores by placing the ball down over the try line. A try is worth 1 point. 

  • After 6 touches, or a mistake, the possession changes and the other team get a chance to attack.


  • To stop the ball carrier, a defender must make a 'touch'.

  • A 'touch' is made by touching any part of the attacking player, their clothing or the ball. This is minimal contact. 

  • After a 'touch' is made, all players on the defending team must move backwards 7 metres from the 'touch' to get 'onside'. 

For more details about the rules we will use at the Schools Touch Championships, click here.

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Tournament format.

Each team should expect to play 4-6 matches throughout the day. This will include round games followed by a minimum of 1 play off or knock out match. 

To keep everyone engaged between games, students can join in skills-based coaching sessions or have a go at some fun mini skills-based challenges. 


Kit and equipment.

Players must have:

  • A team kit.

  • Trainers or football boots. No metal studs allowed. 

  • A water bottle.

We provide:

  • The pitches (up to 50m x 70m).

  • The match ball.

  • Referees and coaches to facilitate games.  

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