Tartan Touch

Tartan Touch

Tartan Touch is Coming!

What is Tartan Touch?

Tartan Touch is Scottish Rugby’s NEW Fun, Simple and Social version of non-contact rugby. With 8 simple rules, it’s a great game for all abilities and all ages. The Tartan Touch season begins in May at 20 hubs around Scotland. Join in the fun and get fit at a hub near you this summer for only £3.

Our new Tartan Touch website is currently being developed, launching by March 2017. If you are interested in getting involved, please email tartantouch@sru.org.uk

Where can I play Tartan Touch?

Tartan Touch is available in 20 hubs around Scotland. Each hub will run their own session timings so you’ll be sure to find one that suits your schedule.

The WestBorders and East LothianCaledoniaEdinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian
HamiltonKelsoStirling CountyLismore
ArdrossanPreston LodgePerthshireLinlithgow

How to Play Tartan Touch

AIM: Touch the ball down over opponent’s goal line. To do this, keep possession by avoiding being touched.

Possession lost if:

  • Touched 6 times
  • Ball leaves the pitch

  • Ball passed forward, dropped forward, or kicked forward

  • Foul play by team in possession

When touched, either:

1.       Offload within 2 steps or 2 seconds

No offside from the offload

2.       Place ball on ground

Offside line created

Must be passed away by touched player or a team mate








  • At ball turnovers, defenders should be level with or behind the ball until after the pass is gathered by the next player.

  • Turnovers taken where infringements/touch occurred.

  • Foul play includes: obstruction, inappropriate touchers, time wasting, disrespect.

  • At the start of each half and after foul play, defender must be back 5m.



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