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Fitness and fun with Try Tag RL in London

19th of August 2014
Fitness and fun with Try Tag RL in London

Londoners searching for a new sport this autumn need look no further. Try Tag Rugby and the RFL have created an exciting partnership.

Londoners searching for a new sport this autumn need look no further. Try Tag Rugby and the RFL have come together in an exciting partnership to deliver Tag Rugby League across England, starting in London! There are now 18 leagues taking place across the city offering a minimal contact version of Rugby League and it’s suitable for people of all ages (14+) and abilities.  

The format of the game is similar to that of Rugby League, with attacking players aiming to dodge, evade and pass to their team-mates. Whilst defenders attempt to prevent them scoring by ‘tagging’ – pulling a Velcro attached tag from the leg of the ball carrier.

It’s the perfect way for colleagues to let off some steam after a busy day in the office, with prices starting at just £4 a player for a 40-minute game. Each team is made up of seven players, with men and women able to play alongside each other, plus with the rolling substitutes format, players are also able to come on and off for a breather as needed. There are 125 weekly matches taking place across London and Reading, with approximately 30,000 tags pulled each week!  

With venues conveniently located in areas nearby to public transport, Try Tag Rugby sessions are easily accessible from work or home. Taking place on weeknights and weekends, it’s a great way to fit playing a regular team sport around busy working schedules.    

RFL Director of Participation and Partnerships David Gent said: “We are very excited to announce our new partnership with Try Tag Rugby and develop Tag Rugby League across the country. The game provides the perfect addition to our non-contact offerings after the successful launch of Play Touch Rugby League earlier this year.”

There are currently 250 teams participating across London and Reading, with 3,000 players competing every week across 25 leagues. The game provides an alternative to spending hours alone in the gym and the sessions are great fun. Try Tag Rugby player, Richard Seedhouse commented: “I started playing with Try Tag Rugby over two years ago. I had little experience at the time and weighed 120kg with a 44” waist. In my first game I struggled to last five minutes and worried that this wasn’t going to be the game for me, but with matches less than a few minutes’ walk from home it was too convenient to give up and the social side of the game was excellent.

"Over the last couple of years I’ve developed as player; I’m slimmer, fitter, faster and more agile. I’ve scored tries, won championship medals, been nicknamed Twinkletoes, amongst other things, and even been named player of the match on numerous occasions. It’s very addictive: I currently play three times a week for different teams at various venues across London, and I can’t recommend it enough. Above everything that I’ve gotten out of Try Tag Rugby, it’s a tremendous amount of fun.”

There are a number of free taster sessions across London, where you can get a gentle introduction to the game.

Whether you’re an ex-rugby player or a complete novice, the tiered league format caters for all abilities and ensures players of a similar level are put together. To find out more about Try Tag Rugby and locate your nearest league head over to and get involved!

Free Taster Sessions

Wednesday August 20 (7.00pm) – Shoreditch Park
Shoreditch Park Sports Ground, Bridport Place, London.

Thursday August 21 (7.00pm) – Hyde Park
Hyde Park Football Pitches (nr Knightsbridge), London.

Saturday September 20 (10.30am) – Clapham
SE Corner, Clapham Common, opposite Lynette Avenue, Clapham, London.

Try Tag Rugby – London Venues

Acton (Monday – 7.30pm)
London Wasps Rugby Club Sports Ground, Twyford Avenue, Acton, London, W3 9QA.

Balham (Tuesday – 6.45pm and Thursday – 6.45pm)
Tooting Bec Common, Balham, South London.

Barnes (Thursday – 7.00pm)
Bank Lane (off Priory Lane), Roehampton, London, SW15 5JQ.

Battersea Park (Monday – 8.00pm)
Millennium Arena, Albert Bridge Road, London, SW11 4NJ.

Borough (Monday – 6.30pm)
Tabard Gardens, Borough, South London, SE1 4BU.

Canada Water (Monday – 6:45pm and Thursday – 6:45pm)
Southwark Park, Gomm Road, London, SE16.

Clapham Common (Saturday – 11am)
SE Corner, opposite Lynette Avenue, Clapham Common, London.

Finsbury Park (Wednesday – 6:45pm)
Finsbury Park, North London.

Highbury (Monday – 6:45pm and Thursday – 6:45pm)
Paradise Park, Islington, London.

Hyde Park (Thursday – 6:45pm)
Hyde Park Football Pitches (nr Knightsbridge), London.

Olympic Park (Tuesday – 7pm)
Chobham Academy, 40 Cheering Lane, London, E20 1BD.

Richmond (Thursday – 6:45pm)
Old Deer Park, Twickenham Road, Richmond, London, TW9 2.

Rotherhithe (Wednesday – 6:30pm)
Bacon’s College, Timber Pond Road, London, SE16 6AT.

Shoreditch Park (Tuesday – 6:45pm and Wednesday – 6:45pm)
Shoreditch Park Sports Ground, Bridport Place, London.

Tooting Bec (Monday – 6:45pm)
Tooting Bec Athletics Stadium, Tooting Bec Road, London, SW17 3NP.

Wandsworth Town (Monday – 6:45pm)
King George’s Park, Wandsworth Town, South West London.

White City (Wednesday – 6:45pm)
Linford Christie Stadium, Wormwood Scrubs, London, W12 0DF.

Wimbledon Park (Wednesday – 6:45pm)
Wimbledon Park, Home Park Road, London, SW19 8AU.

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