The IRFU Rugby Development Department recently came together with the four provinces to announce a new strategy for the roll out of tag rugby.

Now in its 15th year, the IRFU Tag Rugby programme will be operated at provincial level in Leinster, Connacht, 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.

There will be four Leinster clubs hosting this summer’s Bank of Ireland tag rugby programme; Clontarf FC, Greystones RFC, Lansdowne FC and MU Barnhall RFC.

For a full list of venues and to register your team click here.

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.

“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 move 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.”

For more information on how to get involved in the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Tag Rugby Programme this summer, click here.