IRFU Tag Rugby programme goes provincial in 2021
May 7, 2021 11:05 am Site Editor
The IRFU Rugby Development Department have come together with the four provinces to announce a new strategy for the roll out of tag rugby in the domestic game.
Now in its 15th year, the IRFU Tag Rugby programme will be operated at provincial level in Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster for the first time.
The move is designed to give non-contact rugby a greater footprint at grass roots level in 2021 and beyond, while strengthening the relationship between provinces and clubs in the running of participation programmes.
The IRFU will continue to drive the programme with training, education and strategic support.
Tag Rugby matches are set to be permitted again in the Republic of Ireland on Monday, 7 June, under the easing of current government restrictions. They are currently permitted under coronavirus regulations in Northern Ireland.
Tag Rugby is an invaluable tool in recruitment and retention in rugby. Since the Introduction of IRFU Tag in 2007, it has helped to get a rugby ball into hundreds of thousands of people’s hands for the first time.
Further announcements will be made at provincial level in the coming weeks with exciting opportunities for clubs to get involved and for players to get back on tag rugby pitches.
“This is an exciting step forward for tag rugby,” said IRFU Participation Rugby Operations Manager David Keane. “The tag rugby season was short lived in 2020, but we moved into our 15th summer of the game with renewed optimism.
“Non-contact versions of rugby help to keep the sport as a game for all ages and abilities, which is crucial in terms of sustainability at club level and opening the game to the whole community.
“Some players have moved beyond the contact phase of their sporting journey while others simply prefer rugby without the contact element. Our sport is adaptable to meet the needs of our community and tag rugby and touch rugby are important in helping to keep people involved in the game.”
The four provinces have also welcomed the announcement with Leinster Rugby Community Rugby Manager Declan Fassbender commenting: “Leinster Rugby are really excited to work with IRFU TAG for summer 2021 . With the great news coming from the government announcement recently we can’t wait to see all existing and new tag players running around in the months ahead.”