During the half-time of our win against Bayonne in the Amlin Challenge Cup on Thursday 15th December, we were delighted to welcome the Thames Valley Vikings Touch Rugby team to Adams Park to demonstrate the game of Touch Rugby.
Often used as a warm up for rugby, the sport of Touch actually has it's own rules, national squads and World Cup! As a summer sport, it's a great way to keep fit, and as a mixed game you can play with friends and partners. The Thames Valley Vikings team is made up of players from the summer Touch leagues in the area. There were a number of England players on display, a number of whom represented England at this year's Touch World Cup in Edinburgh.
What is Touch Rugby?
Touch is a minimal contact sport played on a pitch area of 50m x 70m. The game emphasises running, agility, passing, catching and communication. Touch is often referred to as Touch Rugby, but there is NO tackling, lineouts, scrumming or kicking involved. This makes it appealing to a wide range of ages and abilities, from juniors to masters and from slight to heavy builds. It is one of the few team sports where men and women compete on teams together not only socially but at an international level. There are currently approximately 5,000 people playing touch in organised leagues around the UK.
After their demonstration, Thames Valley Vikings organiser Paul Farrington told wasps.co.uk, "Thank you for giving us the opportunity to demonstrate the game of Touch Rugby in front of your supporters. It is a big thrill to be able to play in such an environment, and we hope that some of your supporters will now be motivated to join us at our leagues in the summer."
The Touch Rugby display was organised as a replacement for the London Wasps Match Day Tag Rugby Challenge. If you would like to take part in our Tag Rugby Challenge, click here, or contact the Community Team on 01494 531122.