We will play walking rugby games on Saturday 13th April, meet 1pm for 1.30 start at the club. Retired players, ladies and those not currently playing will be most welcome. We plan to promote walking rugby as both an outdoor and indoor game.
Walking Rugby is intended to be a simple version of Rugby suitable for ex-players, injured players and non-players of all ages, abilities and gender who enjoy an active and physical, above all, competitive passing game using a rugby ball.
Watch this handy video to see how the game is played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LmgjdgdWX4
If you think this looks like a good bit of fun then turn up on the day or give us a wee message via our Twitter feed or Facebook page.
Here’s what you’ll need to know
Scoring. Players must walk over the try line into the scoring area to score a try. Unlike traditional rugby, there’s no need to touch the ball down. In Walking Rugby, the emphasis is on having fun and participation so scores are merely announced for bragging rights
Handling. Players must hold the ball in two hands once it has been caught until it is passed to another team member
Passing. Players can pass the ball in any direction but passing above head height is not permitted. Passing single-handed, behind the back, and fake passing is allowed
Walking. Players must walk at all times during the game, both with and without the ball and during substitutions
Travelling. Players may walk in any direction for 10 metres across the pitch but must not walk for more than five metres while holding the ball
Possession. Players must pass the ball to another team member within three seconds at the referee’s call
Blocking. Blocking the path of an advancing player is permitted
Contact. Physical contact is not permitted between players (apart from a steal)
Steal. Players can ‘steal’ the ball only by grasping it with two hands. It is not permitted to knock the ball out of another player’s hands, and the ball must not hit the ground
Turnover. Possession is awarded to the opposing team by the referee if the ball makes contact with the ground during passing, if the intercept is incomplete or if an opposing player tries to steal the ball once the carrier has held it for longer than three seconds. If possession is awarded, the offending team must retreat three metres
Restarts. Once a try has been scored, the scoring team must retreat to their half of the pitch. The opposing team is then given five seconds to reorganise within their half and awarded possession to restart by the referee