Rugby League

Tag RL

A great way to get into Rugby League

What is Tag RL?

Tag RL is a Social RL variant of the traditional game, with minimal contact as players complete a tackle by removing a ‘tag’ from the ball carrier. Tag RL is a great format of the game for building fitness and key skills. It has the added benefit of being a superb social outlet, along with being a variation of the game suitable for beginners right through to players who want high level competitive matches.

The RFL has a partnership with Try Tag Rugby (TTR) who deliver mixed, men’s and women’s leagues for adults across the country. There are no training sessions as the weekly session is a friendly league match, making it perfect for players to fit into a busy lifestyle. TTR also run weekend tournaments, with their marquee TagFest series giving the opportunity for players to get involved all over the UK.

Players can join a team as an individual or enter a new team. Leagues vary in standard with those aimed at beginners right up to the more experienced rugby player. Leagues will last 8-10 weeks all year round. For those wanting to Give Tag Rugby A Try before signing up to a League, Try Tag Rugby regularly run Free Taster Sessions throughout the year.

Try Tag Rugby League players can move onto the representative ladder which includes the annual UK Tag Nationals as well as the Great Britain Elite Development Squad and the full Great Britain squads, who compete in regular international games, tours and the World Cup which takes place every three years.

How to Play Tag RL?

Following TTR Rules anybody aged 14+ can get involved, with varying fitness levels and sporting ability. Teams are 7-a-side with unlimited substitutes. Games will last 40 minutes (2 X 20-minute halves) on a 70m X 45m pitch.

Tackles are made by removing a tag from the player in possession of the ball. Each player wears shorts with Velcro patches on each side and two tags attached. Tries are scored in the traditional way, but no conversions take place. Games can be mixed gender, men’s and women’s formats. In a mixed gender format, tries scored by women are worth two points.

For further details on the rules please see the full TTR rule document at the bottom of this page.

Where Can I Play?

Try Tag Rugby currently run activity in each of the areas listed below. Please click the relevant link for more information on the leagues in a specific region and how to get involved.


Coventry & Warwickshire



Thames Valley



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