Try Tag Rugby 2015 International Cup – review

Try Tag Rugby 2015 International Cup – review

Try Tag Rugby held their annual International Cup tournament at Twyford Avenue Sports Ground in Acton on 26 September, with a record 26 teams battling it out across four divisions.



The International Cup tournament is an individual sign-up event, which groups play in their nations of origin, giving them a chance to play with other players outside their regular weekly teams. It’s a chance for players to represent their nations with pride, while making a heap new mates in the process.

Try Tag Rugby pride themselves on being a welcoming, inclusive and friendly environment for players. Individual sign-up tournaments such as this one help stop cliques forming – as well as helping create new friendships, which in turn make the regular weekly leagues more social and enjoyable.

Teams that were represented at this year’s International Cup tournament were:

Mixed: Asia, Australia (three teams), Barbarians, England (five teams), France, Ireland (five teams), New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, USA, Wales and West Indies.

Men’s: Celts (Ireland/Scotland/Wales), France (two teams) and Germany.

The Kiwis only had one team among the 22-strong field in the mixed division, finishing an admirable 5th – a pretty good effort.

New Zealand: Areena McCormick (captain), Dave Atkinson, Jesse Dalton, Reece Glozier, James Leggett, Aaron Pine, Darren Wong, Danielle Goodall, Lisa Haycock, Kate Hendon.

The teams that walked away with silverware in 2015 were:

Men’s – Germany
Cup Division (mixed teams which finished 1st to 6th after the pool stage) – England Red
Plate Division (mixed teams which finished 7th to 14th after the pool stage) – England White
Bowl Division (mixed teams which finished 15th to 22nd after the pool stage) – Wales


After the International Cup tournament, all the taggers enjoyed the prize-giving presentation and then got comfortable to watch the England versus Wales Rugby World Cup match on the big screen in the Wasps Rugby club’s onsite bar. It was a great atmosphere to enjoy the game, with plenty of emotion shown from the English and Welsh supporters.

Free Tag Rugby Taster Sessions Coming Up

Are you unsure of or curious about Tag Rugby? Want to try it before committing to a league? Then why not come along to one of our taster sessions and give it a try…

The sessions are free and although we are sure you will love it, there is no obligation to sign up for a league if you decide it’s not for you. The fun and friendly sessions are a perfect chance for adult players (male and female) who have never played Tag Rugby before to have a go and see what it’s like.

Players of all sporting abilities and experience levels (Rugby League, Rugby Union, Touch Rugby, etc) – and complete Rugby novices – are welcome. Tag Rugby is a great way to improve your fitness, but there is no need to be super fit to start playing. The taster sessions are a gentle introduction to the game – and suitable for all levels of fitness.

The next free taster sessions are:

Acton – Wednesday, 14 October, from 7.30pm
Finsbury Park – Saturday, 17 October, from 11am
Reading – Monday, 19 October, from 7.30pm
Balham – Saturday, 31 October, from 11am
Olympic Park – Tuesday, 10 November, from 8pm

For details and to register for a free Tag Rugby taster session, click here:

If you are a Kiwi new to the UK, get involved and you will make a heap new friends, keep fit and have plenty of fun. We hope to welcome you to a Tag Rugby pitch soon.

If you would like to get involved in a Try Tag Rugby league or event, go to – or email [email protected] for more details.