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Who are the RATOATH RFC Tag Team?

We are a group of local players of mixed skill levels, fitness levels, age and gender who like to just "get out and play" once a week. Some are retired contact players, some coach the underage teams, some play other sports, some don't, some are just mammies & daddies of underage players. Some never saw a rugby ball before but like the idea of getting out and having a game and a laugh, and an occasional refreshment.

Things get slightly more serious for a few months during the summer. Since 2011, we entered the Coolmine Summer Tag League. In our first year, we won the Superbowl Trophy in Division 2. In 2012 we moved up several steps and won the Division 1 Bowl Final. We took our foot off the gas in 2013, because .. well .. we just don't like to take things too seriously.

What is TAG Rugby?
Tag Rugby 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 of Tag allows Men and Women of all ages to participate at a level suitable to their ability and experience.

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.

How many on a Tag Team?
The recommended squad size for a 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.

I've never played rugby before can I still Play?
Of course you can! There is NO CONTACT in Tag. It is easy to pick up as well as great fun.

What do I need to be able to play?
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. These shorts are available from

Come and join us for fun activity and fitness throughout the 12 months of the year. Wrap up warm in the winter - we play hail, rain or shine. Any age over 18.

This year's tag coordinator is Damien McCarthy.

Visit the IRFU Tag Rugby page here.
Visit the Irish Tag Rugby Association here.


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Adult Tag photos

Vintage tag pics
17 photos
Vintage tag pics By Rob Kevelighan
2015 Coolmine Tag League
18 photos
2015 Coolmine Tag League By Conor Kiely
Taggers @ Rugby-thon
10 photos
Taggers @ Rugby-thon By Conor Kiely

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