Following last Friday’s announcement, we have received numerous queries on the possibility to host or play tag leagues again.
Among the rugby-related items being put forward by the IRFU for consideration to both Government’s relevant departments is the return of tag rugby.
Given that all forms of rugby are notably different in structure and dynamics to the likes of GAA or Soccer, there are still numerous areas which require guidance and clarification regarding Tag. The possibility of contact in a face-to-face scenario, for example, or the use of referee whistles, and equipment such as match balls and tags.
Also during this time, each host club are required to prepare for a hopeful return to activity by way of firstly appointing covid-19 Health and Safety officer, putting together a Health & Safety plan with Risk Assessment.
Each club will be assisted on an individual basis, given that they vary in size, available facilities and layout.
Keeping in line with official guidelines will most likely result in a number of changes to what one might be used at a tag venue for the foreseeable future. Capacity in leagues will most likely be reduced, layouts altered, timings between games longer, for example.
It is of vital importance that these preparatory steps are undertaken and guidelines adhered for any rugby event to take place at a club. We will not leave any stone unturned, as the health and safety of all involved is our highest priority.
In the meantime, please watch out for more updates.
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Full details of the IRFU Return To Rugby Guidelines For Clubs are available at: