If you are thinking about giving tag rugby a go, just give it a try!
That is the message from Ciara McDonagh, who started playing eight years ago and is now a regular at the Laya Healthcare Tag Rugby Series.
With places still available in Creggs RFC, Buccaneers RFC and Castlebar RFC, the Mayo native is urging potential players to not let a lack of experience put them off the game.
Speaking at a packed event in Corinthians RFC, she said: “People say they don't know the rules, or have never played, but that doesn’t matter. I didn’t know the rules when I first started and eight years later, I am still playing and I love it.
“If you can run and catch a ball, that is all you need to be able to do.”
Asked her favourite thing about the game, Ciara pointed towards the gender balance that exists within tag rugby.
She said: “I think the best thing about playing tag rugby is the fact that it’s mixed, you have great craic with the lads and girls playing together.
“The fact that the lads’ tries are only worth one and the girls is worth three evens it up and makes including the girls important to the winning of a match”.
Tag rugby is renowned for not only being a great way to stay fit, but also for being an incredibly welcoming and social event. As Ciara stated, “it’s great for fitness and meeting new people and it’s also just a game for everyone.”
She added: “Whether you’re a student, working, single, in a couple, a parent, in your 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s; there are people I know who fall into every single one of those categories (and many more) that play tag rugby.”
If you are interested in registering for the Laya Healthcare Tag Rugby Series, click here form more information.