Tag Rugby

Tag Rugby


Venue: Queen’s Sport, Upper Malone, Belfast

Date: Every Thursday, starting 11th August and running for 6 weeks

Time: Kick-off either 18:45 or 19:30

Cost: £250

Space limited to 16 teams. Registration opens Friday 8th July at 1pm.

  • When registering your team, you only need to add 1 player – yourself. At the end of the process there will be a link you need to send to your players, and they will then be able register themselves.
  • 'Official' is your captain and vice-captain.
  • There are videos below if you need any further guidance.


Q: I’ve never played any rugby before. Can I still play?

Of course you can! There is ‘no contact’ in IRFU Tag. It is easy to pick up as well as great fun. Leagues are graded according to ability. An updated list of IRFU Tag Rugby laws can be downloaded here.

Q: What do I need in order to play?

To start with, the only truly compulsory accessory required is a pair of approved Tag rugby shorts.

They 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.

Q: How many on a Tag team?

The recommended squad size for a Tag team is 12-14 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 on field, three must be female.

Q: Am I automatically insured playing?

The IRFU recommends that each player undertake their own Personal Accident Insurance cover against any injury sustained from playing the game itself during the Tag rugby season.

Q: How do I sign up my team to participate?

Click on the register links above.

Q. How are my games scheduled throughout the season?

The teams that play tag are of varying abilities. To try and make the playing field as even as possible, we will run grading games over the first few weeks. To do this, teams are put into mini leagues; each team will play against each other. Teams will then be put into groups based on where they finished in the mini leagues.

Q. I have a team but we haven’t played before - does this matter?

No this doesn’t matter! The grading games will give all players game time and if you come against a very experienced team both the opposition and the referee will give coaching and advice throughout your match.

Q. My team feels it won’t be at the same level with having a season off and no practice

Don’t worry; this is why we will run grading games.While it is competitive, tag is a social game and we will do our very best to ensure the majority of your matches are played against teams of a similar level.

Q. I don’t have a team, can I still play?

Everyone needs to be on a team; please contact the venue manager and they can advise if there is a team short on players, or if there are a few players in the same situation, and put you in contact with each other to form a team for the season.

How to sign up & register a team

How to accept your place when added to a team

How to join through a sign-up link

How to accept a place when added as a captain/official

If any additional help is required, please contact Claire McAteer: claire.mcateer@ulsterrugby.com

On the night:

Team captains need to come to the registration area and sign their team in. Once here they will find out what pitch they are on. The referee will have tags and a ball on the pitch. All you need to do is warm up and make your way to the pitch.

What players say about tag:

“Tag for me initially was a way to keep up fitness in the off season but over the years since finishing up with rugby tag rugby has allowed me to continue to stay involved with rugby at a social, fun and competitive level. The IRFU do a great job of organising and facilitation a very organised league every year suited to ability level." Jonny Friesian Taggers

“Looking forward to getting out, getting fit and having fun.” Jack, Carlingford Knights

“I took up tag in my mid 30s after not playing team sports since I was at school. I really enjoyed it, was surprised we even won a few matches! The atmosphere was always great and I felt more confident in myself as a result of playing.” Nicola, KMPC

“Tag rugby started out as a bit of fun to try out, but over 3 years later I’m still playing it because it’s so much fun. It brings together a diverse group of people to become a family. Absolutely love my Tag rugby family!” Tina, All State Superstars

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