An Introduction to 7sTouch

An Introduction to 7sTouch

PRESS RELEASE 28 October 2016

Why are people falling out of the game, hindered by age, injury or lack of passion? As a professional rugby player there are times when the game that you first fell in love with seems a distant memory. The reason why many play and are lured in by the game of rugby is surrounding the fun, fitness, and camaraderie that can be had by all, irrelevant of size, skill, age gender. We spoke to Rob Vickerman (Former England 7s Captain & Professional Rugby Player) about Rugby, the Olympics and how do to retain rugby players in the game we all love…. "What was most captivating about being at the Rio Olympics for the Rugby Sevens and seeing the World take notice of a wonderfully dynamic, entertaining and skilled game was its simplicity. The handling, flair and fitness was a combination of many individual Olympic events but through the power of a team sport. There were no conversations about referees and Television Match Officials, no debates about scrum infringements, or slowing of the game - it was all about showing off the highlights of the game of rugby; remarkable offloads, wonderful passing and devastating running lines underpinned by supremely fit athletes. There was no fear of trying the unseen, in fact it was encouraged. So what changes? Why are people falling out of the game, hindered by age, injury or lack of passion? Put simply, the risk vs reward indicator swings too far to the risk level. Would grinding through a training session no longer be worth the drink after, or having to avoid the big collision for the 'what if' factor? Take the complication, heavy impacts and slow play out of the game, and we get closer to the pure form seen in Rio and expressed so perfectly by the Fijians.”

What is the answer? Rugby Union needs a non-contact game – a game that is based on rugby union laws and not rugby league. The current non-contact game being played and promoted as O2 Touch is 6-down touch, a game that was designed and developed in Australia, by rugby league players. The game involves simply hitting it up the middle, one pass from a dummy half to a runner, the runner takes a touch and places the ball on the ground – then steps over the ball, whereby a dummy half picks up the ball and repeats the process. Where have you ever seen that play at rugby union, the roll-ball should not be seen on a rugby union pitch (#Never). Yes, a non-contact rugby union game is require – but it is not 6-down rugby league. Rugby union has to learn from the Olympics, Rugby Sevens was a huge success – so it is logical, that we look to Rugby Sevens to be the building blocks for a non-contact game. Take Rugby Sevens, remove the contact points (Line-outs, Scrums, Rucks & Mauls) and introduce touch and not tackles. Speaking to Rob Vickerman, after a game of 7sTOUCH…” That is why 7's Touch is set to put the best parts of rugby at the forefront. To tie in the famed values of teamwork, enjoyment and discipline but without the need to understand the structures of the game seems a perfect blend. The game allows the reducing of significant injuries and at the same time champion skill sets, vision and 'Fijian Flair'. And what's more impressive, you can play with your mother, father, son or daughter."

7sTOUCH – a fun, fast paced non-contact game based on rugby sevens. A game that can be played by young or old, male or female.

 7-Minutes per side.  7-Players per team, plus 5-reserves.

 7-Touches (one handed).

 The game starts with a drop-kick (just like rugby).

 Continuous touch. When you get touched the player has 2-steps or 2-seconds to pass the ball.

 If a player over runs the mark, the referee will call the player back. The player must then go to ground and place the ball (just like rugby)

.  The ball is always live. If passed backwards, the ball hits the ground – then play continues

.  Kicking is allowed. Positive kicks in-field are rewarded with continuous play, possession is lost when a kicked ball travels out.

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