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Visually Impaired Rugby


Visually Impaired Rugby, also known as VI Rugby, is based around the Rugby 7’s touch format. This allows the game to be safe and accessible for players with visual impairments. The gameplay takes into consideration a wide range of sight conditions whilst maintaining the fundamental codes, laws, and spectacle of rugby to both the players and spectators.

What is Visually Impaired Rugby?

The ball used within VI Rugby makes a sound when travelling through the air. Filled with bells, this generates noise to help the players hear the ball when it is moving. Whilst players are able to keep track of the location of the ball due to its sound, one of the key aims for coaches involved is to ensure there is a well-developed verbal communication system amongst players.

Is VI Rugby available for blind and/or partially sighted players in Ireland?

Yes, The IRFU are working with Vision Sport Ireland and have developed  one team as part of Old Wesley RFC for blind or partially sighted players, training is once a month.

Session times 12pm -1.30pm at Energia Park (Donnybrook Stadium)

Dates for 22/23 season

22nd October

19th November

10th or 17th December TBC

18th February

18th March

22nd April

May session to link to VSI May Fest – Date not set

If you are interested in finding our more details, please contact our Disability & Inclusion Officer, David McKay, at david.mckay@irfu.ie.

Visually Impaired Rugby – An Introduction