The Southerners Touch Rugby team on their latest tour to Kuala Lumpur 2018
Playing Touch Rugby in Bangkok is a great way to meet people and stay fit, both men and women play mixed Touch Rugby and all skill levels are welcome. Touch Rugby is open to Southerners members and non-members, men and women, all ages!
The sport’s presence in Bangkok started about 15 years ago when a group of women associated with the Southerners set up the Southerners Touch Rugby section. Regular training was held alongside the rugby team and the Touch Rugby section soon evolved to include men.
Since then, other teams have come and gone, but the Southerners have been a constant factor in the Bangkok Touch Rugby scene. Currently the Southerners are the only full-time Touch Rugby team in Bangkok (apart from international school teams). We run two Touch Rugby sessions a week, compete in regional tournaments such as Cambodia, Shanghai or Singapore, and organise our own competitions here in Bangkok.
The Southerners Touch Rugby section holds a special role within the club, as our team includes dedicated members, as well as players from the other sections: rugby, netball, cricket and social members. So it is no surprise that Touch Rugby is one of the best introductions to the club, and an excellent way to establish a social network in Bangkok!
The Southerners host two weekly Touch Rugby sessions at:
- Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:00 PM at NIST International School, Sukhumvit Soi 15.
- Saturdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon at St. Andrews International School, Sukhumvit 107 (just across from Bearing BTS Station)
Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM, is normally attended by players who are more familiar with the game
Saturdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, is open to all and occasionally includes some training and drills starting about 15 minutes before 10:00 AM.
Be sure to get on the Southerners Google group email list and the WhatsApp messaging service to make sure the pitch is available and sessions are going ahead.
Membership for the Touch section of the Southerners Sports Club costs THB 1,500 for the year (from February) and you will be eligible for member benefits, and of course be a part of a great group of people. Adults (members and non-members) pay THB 200 Baht to play each Tuesday and Saturday. Once a member of the Touch section, you are automatically a member of the Southerner’s Sports Club, with access to the other sports sections and social events. Membership for students under 18 years old is THB 1,000 for the year. Students of all schools, whether they are members or not, pay THB 100 each session.
Basic Rules of Touch Rugby
- There are 6 players per team on the pitch
- The aim of the game is to run over the opponent’s scoring line and put the ball down on the ground. This is a touchdown or a try. The team with the most tries at the end of the game wins
- The ball may only be passed backwards, never forwards and no kicking is allowed
- The attacking team will run forward and try to run past the defending team.
- The defending team will stop the attacking team by touching the person with the ball on any part of his or her body including clothing and the ball, this is called a touch
- As soon as the defender has made a touch, the whole defense must retreat 5 metres, otherwise they are considered offside and a penalty is given
- When an attacker is touched, he or she needs to put the ball down on the ground and step over it. This is called a roll ball. Another attacking player must pick it up and pass it which continues play
- If you are the person who picks up at the ball (dummy-half) and are touched, then possession of the ball switches to the other team.
- An attacking team is allowed 6 touches. After the 6th touch the ball is given to the other team, who then become the attacking team.
- Possession will also change if the ball is dropped or passed forward.
TIPS: If you are attacking, stay behind the ball so that your teammate can pass to you. If you are defending make sure to move back 5 metres every time a touch is made.