IRFU Volkswagen Tag is a non-contact form of rugby played by mixed teams, containing male and female players. The non-contact form of "tagging" entails the defender removing a 'Tag' strip adhered by a velcro patch on the shorts of the attacking player/s. The non-contact nature allows Men and Women of all ages to participate at a level suitable to their ability and experience, from Higher Grade through to Beginners.
Each team has six 'Tags' (removal of Tag strip from attacking player instead of a tackle) to score. If there is no score, possession is then handed over to the opposition team who will then in turn play a 'set-of-six' and so on.
Trys are scored the very same way as in regular rugby ie. touching down the ball with full control on or over the try line. Also as with regular rugby, the normal laws for a pass having to be behind or lateral all apply.
The recommended squad size for an IRFU Volkswagen Tag team is 12 players. During a game, each team must have no more than seven players on the field of play at any one time. Of the seven players onfield, THREE must be female.
Of course you can! There is NO CONTACT in IRFU Volkswagen Tag. It is easy to pick up as well as great fun. Most venues will hold Open Nights before the regular season starts. This is an ideal opportunity for all players to familiarise themselves with not only the game of Tag Rugby, but the Host Venue and other teams. Leagues at our venues are graded according to ability. An 'A' grade league would be the highest ability through to 'C' grade which is actually the most popular along with 'Beginners Grade'.
Registration is currently online here at www.irfutag.ie
Competition for places will be extremely busy, so make sure you guarantee your team's place by registering as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
For LESS THAN 4 Euro-a-Week per-player, you can be part of this Summer's most enjoyable and social sporting activity!
To start with, the only truly compulsory accessory required is a pair of Approved Tag Rugby shorts. These must be shorts (made by any manufacturer) that bear NO pockets and sport a velcro patch on each hip for a Tag to be attached upon.
Shorts are on sale at all venues. See registration tent on arrival.
A lot of teams choose to go the whole hog and order a team kit to be manufactured. This can really add that special zip to your team's evening out on the pitch. All sorts of price ranges and manufacturers for this teamwear have been used by teams around the country. See our Gallery section on this website for some examples of the various kinds of shirt player would wear.
A typical tag rugby summer league usually commences around the start/middle of May and runs for nine or ten weeks until the end of July. A league usually comprises 8 teams.
This means that a regular season consists of 7 weeks of group/league games, followed by Semi-Finals and then Finals. Every team has something to play for at the end of it all so nine weeks are guaranteed for everyone.
On any given match night during the season, your team will play one match. The match will be 40 minutes in length, broken into two halves of 20 minutes. Typical time slots for games in a night are 7pm for the first, 7.45pm for the second and 8.30pm for the last.
The pitch that a game takes place upon is played across half a normal rugby pitch from sideline to sideline. There are no posts so no conversion or penalty kicks.
Usually at a Host Venue there will be a number of party nights over the course of the season summer, at the beginning, middle and end of the season (finals night). This can mean
Fancy with themes such as Fancy Dress, Karaoke, 70s/80s Night etc or a 'Wii Night'. The social side of things is a large part of what Tag is all about, and there is plenty of fun for all to be had!
Beach Tag is played in a one-day scenario ie. a Festival, at some of the most popular Beaches throughout Ireland. A Beach Tag team consists of 5 players on the field of play with minimum two female players. There is no limit to the number of substitutions made during a game.
The same laws apply regarding Tagging a player as in regular Tag competitions. A Beach Tag match would normally be around 15 minutes long with no halftime, and teams are guaranteed a minimum of 5 games at all Beach Tag Festivals.
Following the day's play, all the teams gather afterwards for presentations and enjoy a good night out as only IRFU Volkswagen Tag can provide.
There will be three Beach Tag Festivals held in Summer 2015, which provides the perfect weekend away for you and your teammates.
Further details of these Festivals are available in Beach Tag section of www.irfutag.ie
A downloadable version of the Laws of the Game is available on the tag website. Should there be any changes to these laws, notice will be sent to all mailing list members and relevant webpage will be updated.
The IRFU recommends that each player undertake Personal Accident Insurance cover against any injury sustained from playing the game itself during the Tag Rugby Season.
For further information on this, please visit the Useful Info section of www.irfutag.ie.
This IRFU Volkswagen Tag website is a part of the IRFU website which is one of the most frequently visited sports websites in Europe, (www.irishrugby.ie). Make sure you bookmark us and visit frequently to stay in touch with what is happening during the season ahead.
Each IRFU Volkswagen Tag Host Venue has its' own mini-website, which lists information such as News, Fixtures and Results, Competition Tables and Social Calenders relevant to your Venue