Apr 12 2017 16:30

Touch Rugby

Touch rugby is the most popular and firmly established non-contact sport for adults, while also being enjoyed by children of all ages and skill levels.

Touch appeals to sports enthusiasts and those looking for an alternative way of keeping fit through a fun game, which needs only a ball and a few jumpers for corner flags.

Basic rules

  • Non-contact, removing elements such as scrums, rucks, mauls, lineouts and kicks 
  • Tackles are replaced by touches 
  • Touch rugby is often played informally 
  • One common variation is that a fair touch must be below the waist 
  • Very little equipment is required to play

The southern hemisphere hugely supports touch, which is no surprise as its roots can be traced back to Australia in the 1960s where it was originally used as a warm-up for those playing full contact rugby.

In England, the popularity of touch has grown rapidly and it is now played by more than 15,000 adults across the country as a sport in its own right and also as a training/warm-up game for 15-a-side rugby.

The game is very simple: all you need is a rugby ball, a space to play and a group of friends. Teams are normally six-a-side and can be of all abilities and ages.

This fast, simple and exciting game promotes the fundamental skills of running, handling, evasion and support play, while developing basic principles of attack and defence, without the fear of getting hurt.

news articles

  • Club information for players and parents

    Wed 12 Apr 2017 04:30


    Dear Parent & Player  

    Welcome to a new season at Chipping Norton Rugby Union Football Club.  We are accredited with the RFU and have signed up to England … view


    Wed 12 Apr 2017 04:30

    Hiring the Clubhouse 

    Hiring the Club

    The Clubhouse is available for hire for functions during the day as well as in the evening.

    We can also quote for catering for … view

  • New Website

    Wed 12 Apr 2017 04:11

    Welcome to the new website for Chipping Norton Rugby Club

    We have moved from our Pitchero account to this new site which will run seamlessly with the RFU's Game … view