The Abu Dhabi Harlequins run four Touch Rugby leagues per year (we even play in the height of summer). Each league runs for about two months and there is a month break in between. We play on Tuesday nights from 7pm at Zayed Sports City (map here). If you would like to know more about the game then read on. If you would like to get involved then Contact Us.
A great page on Touch Rugby can be found here.
Touch Rugby is a mixed game derived from rugby football in which players do not tackle in the traditional, very physical way, but instead touch their opponents using their hands on any part of the body, clothing, or the ball.
There are no other means of scoring and the more technical aspects of traditional rugby such as scrums, rucks, mauls, line-outs and goal-kicking have also been done away with. The ball can be passed or knocked (but not kicked) sideways or backwards between team mates who attempt to evade opposition defenders and score touchdowns.
The fact that it was a safer variant of rugby has made it popular particularly in schools and junior clubs and as a way of getting women interested in the sport. Its simplicity, decreased likelihood of injury and high speed has ensured its continued popularity through the world.
The most popular, codified form of touch rugby is derived from rugby league and features two teams of six players. Teams must have at least one female player on the pitch at all times.
Played under the auspices of the Federation of International Touch, it is also called touch football, particularly in Australia, and sometimes ‘six down’ or ‘sixes’ in South Africa.