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There are no codified rules for touch rugby. The informality of most touch rugby matches removes the need for officiating. Besides touches replacing tackles, other elements of traditional rugby have been removed, such as the scrum, rucks, and mauls. The most popular set of rules to follow were codified by the Federation of International Touch. Other versions are not fully codified requiring teams to agree upon rules before the start of a match.


Touch Rugby is a form of rugby where a simple tag replaces tackling, reducing the physical contact of the game. Touch rugby refers to a less physical style of rugby football where players, instead of tackling an opponent, need only touch their body, clothes, or ball. Professional rugby teams utilize this form towards the end of the training season or before an important match because the less physical nature helps to avoid injuries. The ability to play without fear of injury has popularized this style of rugby as a social game and in school exercise curriculum.


This form of rugby originated in 1950s and 60s Australia as a social ?park? game. Robert Dyke and Ray Vawdon, two members of the South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club, are credited with creating this style of rugby. The first official game was played in 1968 with the first official competition held the next year in Sydney, Australia. Since then, the game has spread worldwide with international competitions held yearly.