NRU launches Tag Rugby Initiative
The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) has launched the Tag Rugby tournament, a new and exciting path for rugby aficionados in Namibia. This project intends to make the sport more accessible to both boys and girls, and the recent premiere has already generated excitement and enthusiasm among the country’s young athletes.
The first Tag Rugby Tournament, a critical milestone in this attempt, was conducted on October 20 at Windhoek High School (WHS). NRU’s U20 coach and Academy Manager, Ryan de la Harpe, and NRU Development Officer, Danray du Plessis, worked flat out to make the event a reality. Their vision and commitment to developing rugby at the grassroots level have laid the groundwork for the sport’s future in Namibia. Tag Rugby is a modified variant of rugby in which players attempt to remove a tag affixed to their opponent’s waist rather than participating in full-contact tackles.
This style makes rugby more accessible to a broader spectrum of players, particularly those new to the sport or concerned about the brutality of conventional rugby. One of the most important characteristics of this effort is inclusiveness.
Tag Rugby accepts both boys and girls, ensuring that rugby remains a sport for all. The tournament is NRU’s plan to promote gender equality in the sport by encouraging young girls to join, providing a platform for female athletes to excel on the rugby field. The inaugural WHS Tag Rugby Tournament was a tremendous success, with young stars displaying their skills and passion for the game.
The competition allowed rising talents to hone their skills while having fun in a supportive and safe environment.