Are you an avid rugby fan? Perhaps it’s a game you’ve always wanted to try and never had the opportunity to do so? Or maybe you want to add some light-hearted exercise into your daily routine and rugby sounds appealing to you? If the answer to the above questions is yes then you may be interested in a game of Walking Rugby. It’s one of the latest sporting activities to be added to the wide range on offer at Warner Leisure Hotels and it’s becoming more popular by the week. Intrigued? Read on for everything you need to know about Walking Rugby.
What is it and what to expect
- How many players are on each team? Depending on the venue and the ability of the players, there are normally between five and 10 players per team.
- How long does a game last? Each match is played in four quarters, each lasting up to five minutes, with one-minute breaks in between to allow for rehydration and to encourage team coaching.
- Are teams mixed? Yes, teams will be a mixture of men and women.
- Is a normal rugby ball used? Players will use an international rugby ball, size 3, fully inflated. If playing indoors, a hard foam ball or a beach rugby ball may be used.
- Is Walking Rugby played indoors or outdoors? The game can be played indoors or outdoors depending on the facilities available at the location.
- What surface is Walking Rugby played on? Walking Rugby can be played on grass, hard court or sports hall surfaces.
Top tips and basic techniques
- Scoring. Players must walk over the try line into the scoring area to score a try. Unlike traditional rugby, there’s no need to touch the ball down. In Walking Rugby, the emphasis is on having fun and participation so scores are merely announced for bragging rights
- Handling. Players must hold the ball in two hands once it has been caught until it is passed to another team member
- Passing. Players can pass the ball in any direction but passing above head height is not permitted. Passing single-handed, behind the back, and fake passing is allowed
- Walking. Players must walk at all times during the game, both with and without the ball and during substitutions
- Travelling. Players may walk in any direction for 10 metres across the pitch but must not walk for more than five metres while holding the ball
- Possession. Players must pass the ball to another team member within three seconds at the referee’s call
- Blocking. Blocking the path of an advancing player is permitted
- Contact. Physical contact is not permitted between players (apart from a steal)
- Steal. Players can ‘steal’ the ball only by grasping it with two hands. It is not permitted to knock the ball out of another player’s hands, and the ball must not hit the ground
- Turnover. Possession is awarded to the opposing team by the referee if the ball makes contact with the ground during passing, if the intercept is incomplete or if an opposing player tries to steal the ball once the carrier has held it for longer than three seconds. If possession is awarded, the offending team must retreat three metres
- Restarts. Once a try has been scored, the scoring team must retreat to their half of the pitch. The opposing team is then given five seconds to reorganise within their half and awarded possession to restart by the referee
- Physical contact (other than stealing the ball)
- Throwing the ball above head height