What is Tag Rugby?

Tag is a brilliant Mixed Social Sport, suitable for all shapes, sizes, ages and sporting abilities, where guys and girls play together in a competitive environment.

Tag Rugby is a minimal contact team game in which each player wears shorts with velcro patches with two tags attached to them. The mode of play is similar to Rugby League or Touch Rugby with attacking players attempting to dodge, evade and pass a rugby ball while defenders attempt to prevent them scoring by "tagging" - pulling a velcro attached tag from the ball carrier. Seven players in each team are allowed on the field at a time, whilst the field dimensions are 70m by 50m. The attacking team has six plays or tags to try to score a try or take the ball down field as close to the line as possible. Tries are worth one point and there are no conversions. In mixed Tag Rugby, female tries are worth three points.

No Experience Required!

We have a dedicated pathway for Tag Rugby as below - no matter whether you have never played before or want more of a challenge - there is a league for everyone.

New to Tag

"New to Tag" is our coaching programme for complete beginners. We try to achieve a relaxed atmosphere to reduce pressure and competitiveness, and encourage the development of basic skills and understanding. The sessions are short, sharp and instructive and will provide you with the tools to develop skills in future leagues. 

You should try New to Tag if you: 

  • Want to try a NEW sport to see if it's for you
  • Have little or no TEAM sports background
  • Want to meet new like minded people in a FUN, SOCIAL, OUTDOOR sporting environment
  • You are already playing for a Tag team, but low on confidence.  You want to get more experience of the basics, rules & skills to improve your overall Tag game.

Novice Tag Leagues

Novice Tag leagues are designed especially for those who have some grounding in tag rugby, or whose sporting background will allow them to learn while playing. Our referees are patient and sympathetic to novice players.  The referees will try and explain their on field decisions with a view to helping players get a better understanding of the Tag laws and will coach teams where necessary to help improve their overall Tag experience.  We make sure that experienced players and teams don't enter these leagues - so all the teams are learning at the same rate. 

You should enter a novice league if you: 

  • Have some previous experience of Tag Rugby, but lose a LOT more matches than you win! 
  • You don't mind if the referee explains their decisions and coaches players during the game, it's fun after all
  • Want to join a league at a relatively low standard, but you take the social side of Tag very seriously... :) 
  • Want to play with friends who don't have much Tag experience 
  • Are running a work team with limited sporting experience 

Social Tag Leagues

Mixed social leagues are the most common leagues we currently run. Social teams vary widely in standard, with some venues known to attract stronger teams than others. Social tag is more competitive than novice tag, but still allows for teams to join and develop. We restrict the number of elite teams and players who enter these leagues, but you will have the chance to face more organised opposition than in novice leagues. If a social league was all that was available based on your schedule and availability, a beginner could still enter at this point. 

Teams are limited to 3 Premiership players in any given Social game

You should enter a social league if you:

  • Are prepared for a step up in standard from beginner level, but don't want to face elite and experienced teams every week
  • Are running a work team with a few players from a sporting background
  • Have completed a novice or New to Tag programme and are looking for a bit of competition
  • Just want to "dive in"

Division 1

Division 1 is the highest standard of non-elite tag and one of our most popular leagues for teams looking for more of a challenge than Social. Teams who enter these leagues do not have to restrict the number of international and premiership players involved, resulting in highly competitive leagues full of experienced teams. However, not every team that participates is of an elite standard and where possible we try and incorporate grading into the leagues.

You should enter a Division 1 league if you:

  • Are an experienced player/team, regularly competing for the top prize in social leagues
  • Are quite familiar with the laws of tag
  • Have a good sporting background, either in tag or elsewhere
  • Fancy a challenge


Championship is our "Premiership Lite" league, which serves as a kind of second division to the year-round Mixed Premiership. The league is played with the elite ITF laws, with 8 players per side. It's intended for teams who are consistently winning social leagues, but feel they need greater familiarity with the laws, tactics and general experience of elite tag. There are some international players involved, but it's limited to 4 per team per night. It's the best way of preparing your team for the step-up to a higher standard.

You should enter the Championship if:

  • You or your team are accustomed to winning social leagues
  • You have a reasonably large squad, as it is recommended to have between 12 and 16 players available every night
  • You are looking to make the step up to Premiership, but want to get a feel for what it's like
  • You have a strong background in team sports


Premiership is the highest standard of "club" tag played in Ireland. Teams are made up of players who have represented their region (Dublin, Limerick, Cork) or their country. The league is played with the elite ITF laws, with 8 players per side. It's intended for some of the best teams in the country.

Teams are limited to 6 international players per side

You should enter the Premiership if:

  • You or your team are accustomed to winning social leagues and have some experience in the team of playing at a high level (e.g. Championship)
  • You have a reasonably large squad, as it is recommended to have between 12 and 16 players available every night
  • You have a very strong background in team sports