Walking Rugby Rules
Learn about Walking Rugby Rules to RFU standard.
What you need to know:
No running – walking determined by one foot on the ground at any time when in motion
No contact – similar to ‘touch rugby’ rules – two hands on shorts is all the contact made which qualifies as a tackle.
No Mauls or Rucks or Lineouts
Scrummaging – max 3 players per team stood in upright standing position and non-contested.
Passing backwards or lateral – offside rules apply
A try requires no bending – you walk across the try line ball in hand.
HERE ARE THE MAIN WALKING RUGBY RULES RFU
• The game is split into four 5 minute (or longer by agreement) quarters, 2 minute breaks for rehydration between each
• Up to 7 players a side, with rolling substitutes
• Players must not run or jog while the game is in action
• The ball must be passed backwards or transverse (not forward)
• A try is scored by carrying the ball with both feet over the try line
• Knock-on if the ball is knocked forward and hits another player or the ground, deliberate knock on is a penalty
• Turnover if the ball hits the ground going backwards
• Tackle is a two-handed touch to the ball carrier (shoulders down to shorts, including arms)
• Tackled player must pass the ball, within one pace from the spot they were tackled, without delay
• Defence must not interfere with the first pass following a tackle
• Ball in touch the other side re-start with a pass from the point where the ball crossed the touch line
• Turnover, penalty or other in-field re-start: the player re-starting must tap the ball with foot or knee and may then walk or pass, on-side defenders may advance
• Uncontested two-person scrums for knock on/forward pass with 6 or more players a side
Walking Rugby (WR) was started at Reading RFC in late October, 2015. In response to enquiries locally to the rugby club regarding the possibility of a game similar to Walking Football.
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