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Frank Watene, Project Manager of the Calderdale Community Coaching Trust, is bringing an ‘Extraordinary’ new format of Rugby League to Halifax. The game offers all the thrill, excitement and camaraderie of the traditional game but without the high impact tackling. Frank and his team are recruiting players now and inviting anybody interesting in giving it a try to come along to taster session being held through March.  The first people to sign up get a free water bottle and a Halifax RLFC match ticket.

Play Touch Rugby League has been designed by the RFL to make playing the sport much more accessible to a wider audience.

Just like in the traditional format of the game, team’s score by grounding the ball over the opposition’s try line. Teams must also pass the ball backwards and have six opportunities to score.  To stop the opposition from scoring, a player must touch, rather than tackle, the player on the ball. After six touches, the attacking team must pass the ball to the defending team who then has six new scoring opportunities.

Frank says: “The game is every bit as thrilling to play as the traditional format. In fact, in some cases it can be faster and more engaging because a touch results in less down time than a full contact tackle. Players are much less likely to suffer an injury than they are in the full contact game but have the same opportunity to improve their fitness and enjoy all the social benefits of being a part of a team.”

Play Touch Rugby League games take place across two, 20 minute halves. Each team has six players on the field at any one time and are permitted to make as many substitutions as they like.

Frank adds: “Almost anybody can get involved in Play Touch Rugby League. Locally, I am really hoping to attract more women into the sport and also to tempt ex full contact rugby league players back into playing. People should not be put off if they do not feel physically fit. Everybody has to start somewhere and we can all work on fitness together.”

The cost is £4 if you turn up as an individual.  Alternatively you can register as a team and pay £20 per night or £300 for the entire 16 week competition.  The first 6 teams to register enter a draw to win a hospitality package for 10 people to a Halifax RLFC match this season.


Sessions start on Wednesday 2nd of April at 6pm sharp. If you are interested in getting involved call Frank on 07738056119 or visit for more information.