Diary 18 Cultural Sport
Touch rugby summer tournament is back for a sixth year
Practical info: U When? Wednesday 5th May until Friday 25th June from 7.30pm until 9pm Fulcra, Brussels Barbarians Rugby Football Club, Eurocity, the UK Permanent Representation to the EU, FD Blueprint and many others.
U Where? Hockeyclub Oranje Jozef Kumpstraat 83 1560 Hoeilaart U Want to play? If you do not have a team but would like to play, please contact the organisers at event@blueprintpartners. eu and they will ensure that you are allocated to a fun and challenging team for the competition. Facebook group: www.facebook.com/group. php?gid=91480120808
Touch rugby late on Sunday afternoons? For those who can’t make it to Hoeilaart for the tournament, there’s also the option of playing touch rugby on Sundays on the military pitch in the Parc Cinquantenaire. If you want to come along, show up at 5.30pm but email (president@ touch-belgium.be) or call Jonathan Ralfe (0479 429 107) before you go just to make sure.
The successful mixed touch rugby summer tournament organised by FD Blueprint is back for a sixth consecutive year in May. Matches take place on Wednesday nights, followed by a BBQ and drinks. Last year there were teams from the EU institutions, businesses and sporting clubs, including the European Commission, Freshfields, Berwin Leighton Paisner,
As in previous years, there will be two group stages before the finals night in which every team plays off to determine their final ranking. This year Belgian Touch (www.touch-belgium.be) will provide a player/coach to each team and all the games will be overseen by qualified touch referees. Another good reason to take part is that the profits will be donated to RETRAK, a charity for street children in Kampala, Uganda and to Ecole Chanterelle, a school for disabled children in Brussels. The tournament raised 5,000 euro in 2007, 7,000 euro in 2008 and 8,162 euro in 2009.
What is Touch rugby? Teams of six players (with rolling substitutes) play on a pitch half the size of a traditional rugby pitch. Each game lasts 30 minutes and the aim is to score as many tries as possible. Tries scored by men count as one point and tries scored by women as two points. Rather than bringing players to ground, ‘tackling’ an opponent is done by touching them. Once touched, a player has to stop where they are and pass the ball between their legs to a team-mate. Each team has six ‘touches’ before possession is handed to the other team. As with normal rugby you have to pass the ball backwards and run forwards (ideally!). No kicking is allowed in touch rugby. You also have to retreat five yards once you’ve made a touch/ tackle. Touch rugby is a great summer sport as it not only increases fitness and agility but it enables people of all ages and both sexes to meet socially and have fun.
Mensuel gratuit réalisé par La Tribune de Bruxelles - N°15 - Mai 2010