Doncaster Rovers Community Sports and Education Foundation is bringing an ‘extraordinary’ new format of rugby league to the area, as part of Club Doncaster’s initiative of uniting the region.
Touch Rugby League offers the thrill, excitement and camaraderie of the traditional game but without the high impact tackling.
The sport takes place across two, 20-minute halves. Each team has up to six players on the field at any one time and are permitted to make as many substitutions as they like.
Just like in the traditional format of the game, team’s score by grounding the ball over the opposition’s try line. Teams must also pass the ball backwards and have six opportunities to score.
To stop the opposition from scoring, a player must touch rather than tackle the player on the ball. After six touches, the attacking team must pass the ball to the defending team which then has six new scoring opportunities.
Liam Scully, chief executive of Doncaster Rovers Foundation, said: “The game is every bit as thrilling to play as the traditional format. In fact, in some cases it can be faster and more engaging because a touch results in les down time than a full contact tackle.
“Players are much less likely to suffer an injury than they are in the full contact game but have the same opportunity to improve their fitness and enjoy all the social benefits of being part of a team.”
Scully added: “Locally I am hoping to attract more women into the sport and also to tempt ex-full contact rugby league players back into playing. People should not be put off if they do not feel physically fit. Everybody has to start somewhere and we can all work on fitness together.”
The Play Touch Rugby League sessions are open for those aged 16 and over and will be charged at £2 per person 6pm-7pm.
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