Running a Tag Rugby festival

Once the players have become used to playing Rugby, they will want to test themselves against other players. As part of the Get into Rugby programme, it is hoped that schools and clubs can get together at the end of either the Try phase or the Play phase or both.

In order to help create links between school and local Rugby clubs or teams, it may be a good idea to invite local club coaches to help run the festival.

Your national Union will be able to give you advice about how to organise a festival, but here are a few suggestions:

  • Appoint a festival organiser (ideally a teacher at the hosting school)
  • All participating schools should get:
  • A full set of festival rules to be used for the event
  • Running order for the day and format of the festival
  • Map outlining the pitch layout
  • When and where the pre-festival briefing will be held
  • List of key festival contacts
  • Number of players to be invited from each team
  • Information regarding food arrangements for the festival

Tag Rugby Laws

Simple Tag Rugby Laws are as follows:

  • Every player wears a tag belt with a tag attached at each side of the waist
  • A tackle is made by an opposing player pulling off a tag
  • When this happens the tackler lifts the tag above their head and shouts “Tackle”
  • The ball carrier must pass the ball straight away
  • Then the ball carrier must collect their tag from the tackler and both players can then rejoin the game

Use the link below to view the full Laws of Tag Rugby:

Tag Rugby Laws

Pre-festival safety checklist

The following tasks should be carried out prior to the start of any festival:

  • Safety check of the grounds prior to any games being played. This check should take into consideration issues such as checking for broken glass, needles, etc
  • All playing areas should be clearly marked out to the appropriate size, clearly identifiable and visible
  • Goal posts should be padded
  • Medical assistance should be available, clearly visible and easily accessible to all players
  • All key personnel clearly identifiable
  • Match balls should be provided by the host club and they should ensure that they are of the correct 
  • Referees should be appropriately dressed and qualified
  • First-aid providers should be confirmed

During the festival

It is recommended that during the festival, consideration should be given to the rotation of referees to allow them sufficient rest between matches.

Coaches should also be reminded that they are responsible for the behaviour of their players between matches.

It is recommended that organisers allocate teams dedicated areas and that teams base themselves in these areas when not playing.

World Rugby advises that age grade players should only play a maximum of 90 minutes Rugby per day.

Post festival

It is important to ensure that all players are equally rewarded for their efforts throughout the day.


In order that all the players get to play enough matches, the festival could be organised so that all teams play each other at least once.

Here is a suggested playing order for a different number of teams playing on one or two pitches:

3 teams on 1 pitch:

1. A v B

2. B v C

3. A v C

4 teams on 1 pitch:

1. A v C

2. B v D

3. A v D

4. B v C

5. C v D

5 teams on 1 pitch:

1. A v D

2. B v C

3. D v E

4. A v C

5. B v E

6. C v D

7. A v B

8. C v E

9. B v D

10. A v E

5 teams on 2 pitches:
Pitch 1Pitch 2

1. A v D

1. B v C

2. A v C

2. D v E

3. B v E

3. C v D

4. C v E

4. A v B

5. B v D

5. A v E

6 teams on 2 pitches:
Pitch 1Pitch 2

1. A v B

1. No game

2. C v D

2. E v F

3. D v F

3. A v E

4. B v E

4. A v C

5. C v F

5. B v D

6. A v F

6. D v E

7. A v D

7. B v C

8. C v E

8. B v F

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