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BASIC LAWS OF TAG
Here is a summary of the Tag Laws for 2015. As you can see below, there are a few new laws, which will bring us more in line with those used by fellow International Tag Federation member nations, plus there are some changes to the laws we implemented last year.

Thanks to all you Taggers who provided feedback over the past year about the game. We are constantly trying to improve the laws of Tag and make it more enjoyable for everyone involved so your comments on what works well - and more importantly what doesn't work well! -  is invaluable to us!!! Keep the feedback coming to info@tagrugby.ie.

We will have a full Laws Booklet available from 18th March and these new laws will be implemented in the Spring Leagues. 
  1. Basic Laws for Mixed Social Tag in Cork, Dublin, Limerick & Kildare
  2. Basic Laws for Mixed Social Tag in Galway
  3. Basic Laws for Representative Tag
  4. Tag Pitch Layout
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1. Basic Laws for Mixed Social Tag in Cork, Dublin, Limerick & Kildare

  • Social Laws will be played in Cork (NEW), Dublin, Limerick & Kildare
  • 7 players on the pitch
  • Maximum 4 guys on the field of play - most teams play with 4 guys and 3 girls
  • To start a game, you must have at least 5 players on pitch, of which 1 must be female. You don't need to have 3 females on the pitch at all times
  • Squads of up to 14 players allowed
  • Scoring:
    • Boy try = 1pt
    • Girls try = 3pts
  • Roll ball with foot only - not with hand (NEW)
  • No Bonus Box (REMOVED)
  • Defending players are permitted to tag attacking players on either side of the attacker's body, provided the defender does not initiate contact or impede the progress of the attacking player in the process of making the tag. (NEW)
  • Diving:
    • Players are allowed to dive for tries
      • Ball must be placed on ground first before elbows or knees. 
      • No swallow dives. 
      • No deliberate contact. 
      • Referees will disallow diving if they feel it is dangerous
    • A defending player can dive on the ball to secure possession
    • An attacking player can only dive on the ball to score a try
  • Kicking:
    • You can fly-hack the ball at any stage of a match
    • You do not need to be wearing any tags to kick the ball from the ground
  • Female only kick off at re-starts
  • Allow Accelerate-Her rule
    • 4 girls on pitch = 4 points per Girl Try
    • 5 girls on pitch = 5 point per Girl Try and so on...
  • No MVPs (REMOVED)
  • No surrendering. An attacker must keep moving - they cannot deliberately stop and present tags to defender.
  • While the Bonus Box has been removed from leagues, it will still be used at various One Day Blitzes.
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2. Basic Laws for Mixed Social Tag in Galway
  • All players using these laws are eligible for Representative Tag
  • Players on Pitch:
    • Galway = 8 players a side with maximum 4 guys (squads of 16)
  • To start a game, you must have at least 5 players on pitch, of which 1 must be female. You no longer need to have 3 females on the pitch at all times.
  • Scoring:
    • Boy try = 1pt
    • Girls try = 2pts 
  • Bonus Box (REMOVED)
  • Defending players are permitted to tag attacking players on either side of the attacker's body, provided the defender does not initiate contact or impede the progress of the attacking player in the process of making the tag. (NEW)
  • 50-10 Kicking Law
    • If inside own half, you can try to kick ball over touchline between try line and 10m marker
    • If ball bounces and goes out of play, your team regains possession on 10m line @ Tag 0
    • Ball must still be grubber kick (under Referee's shoulder height)
  • Kicking:
    • You can fly-hack the ball at any stage of a match 
    • You do not need any tags on to kick the ball from the ground
  • Players are allowed to dive for tries
    • Ball must be placed on ground first before elbows or knees. 
    • No swallow dives. 
    • No deliberate contact. 
    • Referees will disallow diving if they feel it is dangerous
  • Any player is allowed kick off at re-starts
  • No Accelerate-Her rule
  • No MVP'S (REMOVED)
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3. Basic Laws for Representative Tag
(Mixed Premiership, Women's & Men's SuperLeague & Rep Tag / Test Matches)
  • 8 players on the pitch 
  • Maximum 4 guys on the field of play - most teams play with 4 guys and 4 girls
  • To start a game, you must have at least 5 players on pitch, of which 1 must be female. You no longer need to have 3 females on the pitch at all times.
  • Squads of up to 16 players allowed
  • Scoring:
    • Boy try = 1pt
    • Girls try = 2pts
  • Roll ball with foot only - not with hand (NEW)
  • Bonus Box (REMOVED)
  • Defending players are permitted to tag attacking players on either side of the attacker's body, provided the defender does not initiate contact or impede the progress of the attacking player in the process of making the tag. (NEW)
  • 50-10 Kicking Law
    • If inside own half, you can try to kick ball over touchline between try line and 10m marker
    • If ball bounces and goes out of play, your team regains possession on 10m line @ Tag 0
    • Ball must still be grubber kick (under Referee's shoulder height)
  • Diving:
    • Players are allowed to dive for tries
      • Ball must be placed on ground first before elbows or knees. 
      • No swallow dives. 
      • No deliberate contact. 
      • Referees will disallow diving if they feel it is dangerous
    • A defending player can dive on the ball to secure possession
    • An attacking player can only dive on the ball to score a try
  • Kicking:
    • You can fly-hack the ball at any stage of a match
    • You do not need any tags on to kick the ball from the ground
  • Any player can is allowed kick off at re-starts
  • The non-scoring team kicks off after a try (NEW)
  • No Accelerate-Her rule
  • No MVPs (REMOVED)
  • No surrendering. An attacker must keep moving - they cannot deliberately stop and present tags to defender.

Register for Tag TODAY!
There are two ways that you can sign up to play Tag:
by and would like the opportunity to play Tag at the highest level by representing your Region, and then if selected Ireland, you should seriously consider playing in the Men's Only Tag 
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MEN'S ONLY TAG
If you play rugby and would like the opportunity to play Tag at the highest level by representing your Region, and then if selected Ireland, you should seriously consider playing in the Men's Only Tag 
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MEN'S ONLY TAG
If you play rugby and would like the opportunity to play Tag at the highest level by representing your Region, and then if selected Ireland, you should seriously consider playing in the Men's Only Tag