Touch Rugby; a fun and friendly way to keep fit

Touch rugby is a sport available for anyone to play. 02 Touch rugby is open to men and women over 17 years of age. It is reported to be an excellent way to keep fit.

People of all abilities are encouraged to take part in this social fitness activity.

Unlike normal rugby, there are no rucks, no malls and no scrums. This may be slightly more appealing to many people.

Touch rugby is said to be a fantastic way to improve your cardio-vascular fitness and burn fat. For people who love the game of rugby, it is a social, energetic way to play the game with a lower risk of injury.

Touch rugby encourages socialising with people that you may otherwise have never met. Keeping fit and making new friends is a great way to improve your mental and physical wellbeing.  Touch rugby is promoted as being light hearted and fun. Encouraging new people to join, the Touch rugby teams make sure that new members feel welcome and at ease to get the maximum benefits from the sessions.

What are the basic rules?

  • 6 players on each team.
  • The attacking side has 6 chances to score before the ball is turned over to the defensive team.
  • The attacking side must pass the ball backwards and scores by placing the ball over the try line.
  • To stop the attacking side, a defender has to touch the player with the ball. Once a touch has been made, the attacking team performs a ‘roll ball’ (placing the ball between their legs) and the entire defence must retreat 5m.
  • After 6 touches, or if the attacking team drops the ball at any point, the ball is turned over to the other team.

The above information relating to the rules of 02 Touch Rugby has been sourced from:

If you would like to find out about 02 Touch rugby near your home then you can use the session finder on their website as listed below:

Currently there are only 2 sessions showing in the Essex area however, there is scope for this to grow.

Keeping fit and healthy is thought to be a great way for you to improve your general physical and mental health. Vitality Health actively reward their members for living a healthier lifestyle as data shows that those people who look after their health are less likely to claim on their private medical insurance policy.

If you would like to know more about private medical insurance from Vitality Health or any of the other UK insurers, the team at SMP Healthcare will be happy to help you. We can assist with enquiries relating to individual, small business or corporate schemes.

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