Our Match Day Tag Rugby Challenge returned on Sunday 23rd December during the half-time of our 25 - 18 Aviva Premiership Rugby win against Sale Sharks. For this showcase event we welcomed 36 x U8s players from Community Partner Clubs Aylesbury RFC and Beaconsfield RFC to demonstrate their Tag Rugby skills in front of the festive Adams Park crowd.
With both teams coming from Buckinghamshire, the Tag Rugby Challenge showcased the new Shaping the Game" law changes for Tag Rugby; which are presently being played in Bucks.
What is Tag Rugby?
Tag Rugby is a game played by teams of up to seven players. Each player wears a belt that has two velcro tags attached to it. The defenders have to pull one of the velcro tags from the ball-carrying attacking player, to force the player to pass the ball. The game is fast and exciting and develops the players’ agility, balance & coordination while focusing on the FUNdamental core skills of non-contact rugby.
Before kick-off, each of the teams had a group photograph with our character mascot Sting and second row Tom Palmer before forming our Tunnel of Honour to welcome the Wasps and Sharks players on to the pitch.
The half-time showcase featured:
Following the Tag Rugby Challenge, Community Rugby Coach Ben Smiley told wasps.co.uk, "The Shaping the Game law changes that have impacted on Under 8s this season have seen smaller team sizes (7 a-side decreased to 6 a-side), and allows players to dive when scoring. This latter change provides young players with the opportunity to take contact with the ground on their terms, which helps them to realise that the floor doesn't hurt when they land properly. This is a great way for them to begin their preparation for Under 9s rugby, which will see them playing contact rugby for the first time. Those who were watching today will have noticed how much the players from both clubs enjoyed being allowed to dive, and show off their celebration styles!"
There is limited availability for our remaining Match Day Tag Rugby Challenges. For information or to find out what opportunities still exist, click here, or contact the London Wasps Community Team on 01494 531122.