Finsbury Park - The home of Tag Rugby in London
By Try Tag Rugby | Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 22:30
Tag Rugby or Oztag is a non-contact team game in which each player wears shorts
North London Tag Rugby
London Mixed Tag Rugby
with velcro patches with 2 tags attached to them. The mode of play is
similar to touch rugby with attacking players
attempting to dodge, evade and pass a rugby ball while defenders
attempt to prevent them scoring by "tagging" - pulling a velcro
attached tag from the ball carrier.
Tag Rugby has been played in Finsbury Park since 2008 when Alistair Davis
& Ian Howe put a proposal to the London Skolars Rugby League club
to run a weekly Tag Rugby competition. With the help from London
Skolars General Manager Ben Araud, a 4 team Men’s Tag Rugby competition
took place at Finsbury Park over the summer.
In 2009 Alistair Davis joined new London
Skolars General Manager, Phillip Browne in re-launching Skolars Tag
Rugby as a mixed competition. With strong support from volunteers such
as James Bambrick & Nimai Parmar, the competition expanded to 8
teams gaining sponsorship from the nearby Faltering Fullback pub.
The success of Skolars Tag showed the
potential for Tag Rugby as an adult participation sport in London. In
August 2009 Phillip Browne and Alistair Davis formed the business Try Tag Rugby. In Autumn 2009 Try Tag Rugby held their first competitions in the Finsbury Park athletics stadium. A 4 teams men's competition was held on Monday nights and a 4 team mixed competition was held on Wednesdays.
In November 2009 the mixed and men's competition merged to form an 8 team mixed competition to play throughout winter. After 3 rounds play was suspended due to flooding on the pitch. Tag Rugby resumes again on Monday nights in February. Interested players should email email@example.com or visit www.trytagrugby.com to get involved.