If you play rugby and would like the opportunity to play Tag at the highest level by representing your Region, and then if selected Ireland, you should seriously consider playing in the Men's Only Tag League.

Whether you get a gang of your rugby team mates to enter, or join the team of individuals we are putting together, the Men's Only Tag League will be very fast and of a very high standard each week. Everyone playing in this league is eligible to play Representative Tag at a regional and national level.

Matches are played under International Tag Federation laws, which have a number of differences to standard Mixed Social Tag laws. All games at Representative & International level use ITF laws so players chosen for these teams will be very familiar with them after playing in the Men's Only League.

Games are 8 a side, where you can have up to 8 subs on the sideline so a maximum of 16 players in your squad each night. Matches are 40 minutes long with 2 x 20 min halves and 5 mins for half time.

Please note that the fixtures for Men's Tag & Premiership/Mixed Social in UCD and Old Crescent on Tuesdays will not overlap, allowing you play in both leagues on the same night.   

Check out the Basic Laws for Men's Only Tag below.

NB: Only those playing Men's Only Tag will be eligible
for Men's Team at Representative Level (Regional & National)

1.   Men's Only Venues

2.   Basic Laws for Men's Tag

3.   Pathway for Representative Tag

4.   Register Now




1. Men's Only Venues
Here are a list of venues around the country which host Men's Only Tag:



·         Dublin - UCD, Tuesdays

·         Limerick - Old Crescent RFC, Tuesdays


2. Basic Laws for Men's Only Tag

·        8 players on the pitch 

·        To start a game, you must have at least 5 players on pitch.

·        Squads of up to 16 players allowed

·        Scoring:

·        Boy try = 1pt

·        Roll ball with foot only - not with hand (NEW)

·        Bonus Box 

·        Defending players are permitted to tag attacking players on either side of the attacker's body, provided the defender does not initiate contact or impede the progress of the attacking player in the process of making the tag. (NEW)

·        50-10 Kicking Law

·        If inside own half, you can try to kick ball over touchline between try line and 10m marker

·        If ball bounces and goes out of play, your team regains possession on 10m line @ Tag 0

·        Ball must still be grubber kick (under Referee's shoulder height)

·        Diving:

·        Players are allowed to dive for tries

·        Ball must be placed on ground first before elbows or knees. 

·        No swallow dives. 

·        No deliberate contact. 

·        Referees will disallow diving if they feel it is dangerous

·        A defending player can dive on the ball to secure possession

·        An attacking player can only dive on the ball to score a try

·        Kicking:

·        You can fly-hack the ball at any stage of a match

·        You do not need any tags on to kick the ball from the ground

·        Any player can is allowed kick off at re-starts

·        The non-scoring team kicks off after a try (NEW)

·        No MVPs (REMOVED)

·        No surrendering. An attacker must keep moving - they cannot deliberately stop and present tags to defender.


Law Differences between Mixed Social & Men's Only Tag 

   Mixed Social Tag   Men's Only Tag 
# Players on Pitch? 7 8
Max # Males on Pitch? 4 N/A
# Players on Squad? 14 16
Points for Female Try? 3 N/A
Bonus Box Points - Male? N/A 2
Bonus Box Points - Female? 4 N/A
Who Can Kick Off / Restart?             Female Only      N/A
Accelerate-HER? Yes N/A
50-10 Kicking Law? No Yes
3. Pathway for Representative Tag
As we are now a member of the International Tag Federation, we have developed a pathway for male players to play Men's Tag firstly for your Region and then, if selected, for Ireland. To be eligible for selection, you must be playing in your local Men's Only Tag League.

NB: Only those playing Men's Only Tag will be eligible
for Men's Team at Representative Level (Regional & National)

4. Register for Men's Only Tag

There are two ways that you can play in a Men's Only Tag League: