Touch Rugby

Is anyone else out there playing touch rugby this summer?

Here in Wisconsin, the teams stop formal practices and just play co-ed touch rugby all summer to stay in shape and work on your ball skills, but heal injuries from the 15s seasons.

Tonight, we’ll be moving our normal touch rugby game out to one of our city’s major sports complexes that hosts co-ed soccer and volleyball leagues. We’ll be able to play touch rugby, recruit and socialize on the sport complex’s party deck as well.

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11 responses to “Touch Rugby

  1. Anonymous

    Do you play the touch rugby rules of F.I.T. (Federation of International Touch)? They have a Touch World Cup every four years and in fact the World Cup just happened in January in South Africa. The USA sent three teams.

  2. Blondie

    Hmmm … we have rules, but they are pretty basic, so I doubt we’re following official rules.

    Touch is two-hands and the honor system. You get five touches before it turns over or you kick. No other kicking allowed. And at the end of the touch session, we’ll usually play a game to five wins and you must dropkick the ball between the uprights to win it on the 5th, just to make it more complicated.

    Does anyone else get frustated playing touch because you know you rather be tackling or breaking through a tackle? I have this thought at least once per session.

  3. anonymous 2

    I hate touch. With a secret, yet passionate, loathing.

  4. Total Flanker

    Hi Blondie

    Yes, I’m playing Touch (to F.I.T rules I believe) in a league over here in England and this year it’s going really badly! For the gory details check out


  5. Anonymous

    i hate touch, but we play it sometimes in training as a warm-up game.
    i tend to get a bit overexited now and then 😉
    in summer, we play beachrugby, which is fun, but can also hurt, i never have that many bruises on my legs as in summer…

  6. Katy

    i hate touch, too! we play touch to warm up for EVERY session in season and we also have co-ed summer touch. i have been going sporadically and each session i hope that my secret loathing will melt away. i’m not sure if it’s the lack of contact or just all that running that makes me hate it so…though i had no idea there were FIT touch rules.

  7. Anonymous

    hi all,

    just my 3 cents on touch…

    i know there are a LOT of touch haters in the rugby world – some of my close friends included. however, a couple of years ago i started playing touch to FIT rules on a competitive co-ed team in portland. this team has been national champs a few times, and sent a number of players to the past few world cups.

    after getting some experience in playing FIT touch, i have come to believe that the reason many players hate “touch” is due to the casual and undisciplined nature of the way most of us regular rugby folks play it. a good link for the FIT rules is the dallas team’s site:

    FIT-style touch is HARD… but it is also really, really FUN. and even more imprtantly, i can tell you that playing to the FIT rules, competitively, with a group of excellent athletes has made me a better 15’s and 7’s rugby player. it demands not only tremendous fitness and athleticism, but it also heightens game skills that are directly transferrable to 15’s and 7’s. manipulating defenders, running better lines of attack, ball-handling skills, and spont-on defnesive movement are only some of the areas in which i’ve improved.

    think about this too: in rugby-strong countries that many of us tend to idolize, like new zealand and australia, there are literally hundreds of thousands of people who play touch competitively.

    another quick anecdote that might interest any competitive rugby player – i was recently at an ITT 7’s camp run by julie mccoy, and she told us that she believes 7’s players are the next wave of great women’s 15’s players – and that throughout the rugby-strong countires, the elite women’s 7’s players are nearly always selected from competitive touch squads. she gave a full a hearty recommendation to everyone at the camp to play touch over the summer.

    sorry this is getting so long! but i really believe it is important for the US to develop our competitive touch program. touch attracts people who might otherwise never play rugby(kids and women especially), is great for learning and refining skills, and will help our sport as a whole gain numbers and strength.

    over the past couple of years i’ve seen for myself that, while touch has its own distinct strategies from 15’s, and can take awhile to learn, it is definitely worth doing, and lots of fun.

    one more important thing – portland is hosting the US national touch championships this year, the weekend of july 28-29… coinciding with the portland brewfest! it’s going to be awesome.

    if you would like a flyer or might be interested in entering a team, please email matt walsh: mjwalsh2 at hotmail dot com.

    thanks for bringing this up, blondie! as always, your blog rocks.

    — anna
    ORSU women’s rugby

  8. Emily

    I wonder if touch would be better/more-fun with flags (ala youth rugby) so the misunderstandings ::cough::/cheating::cough:: could be easily minimized…

    that being said, I played some touch for the first time in a while last night and it was really fun actually.

  9. Anonymous

    “casual and undisciplined nature of the way most of us regular rugby folks play it”

    That pretty well describes it. I find touch to be one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever done. Most especially when people *coughcoachescough* are incessantly changing the rules and then enforcing them or not depending on the phase of the moon, number of penguins on the polar ice cap, and possibly their bosses’ mood.


  10. Anonymous

    I HATE touch. It may be great for backs but as for front rows, what’s the point?

  11. Anonymous

    Actually, being a front-rower myself, loose-head and tight-head prop, I love touch I think it teaches you how to run good tight lines up the center, helps in your off-loading skills, timing of your running, reading offensive and defensive players, general ball handling, fitness and over-all speed. Besides that who doesn’t want the opportunity to run with the Backs…

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