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All you need to Know for Beach Touch Rugby

By Jeff Ball

Timings, teams and rules for this Saturday

“Rules for Saturday can be found at the bottom of this article”


Players are to meet at 10:30-10:45 for an 11am kick off. Meet by the main Falcons tent/meet point on Tynemouth Longsands Beach – this has usually been at the southern end of the beach. The event will run until 3-4pm depending on how far the teams progress in the competition.


Players will be given a Rockets shirt to play in. Shorts and barefoot are recommended for playing. If you do wear trainers, bring a second pair to wear home!


Rockets Orange
Coach: Jeff Ball

  1. Brian Cowie
  2. Billy Wright
  3. Ian Strasenburgh
  4. Shaq
  5. Fin
  6. Elliot
  7. Kyle
  8. Owen
  9. Brandon
  10. Theo

Rockets Black
Coach: Ziggy Marley

  1. Kevin Menton
  2. Tommy R
  3. Dean
  4. Tom M
  5. Ryan
  6. Josh
  7. Lewis M
  8. Luke
  9. Fenwick
  10. Sean Richardson

The beach is 10 minute walk from Cullercoats Metro station (north) and Tynemouth Metro station (south). There is parking nearby. It is accessible to disabled visitors. Lifeguards will be on duty. No dogs are allowed in the summer months. There are public toilets near the beach. There is a café on the beach and other shops a short walk away.

Attendees should consider bringing the following:

  • Food & drink to last all day
  • Money for ice cream and more food and drink
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes if going in the sea
  • Clothes for travelling home in
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream – forecast is for sunny and cloudy and about 19 degrees on Saturday
  • Camera
  • Bucket
  • Spade

Teams are six-a-side, playing on shortened pitches in short games against other teams through the group stage before going into the knock outs. There is no tackling or kicking and everything is a tap restart. When touched, the ball must be rolled through the legs. Full rules can be found at the bottom of the page.

The event, which starts at 11am next Saturday, is open to everyone and completely free to attend, and will include a range of activities suitable for all of the family!

Not content with bouncy castles, a face painter, music and entertainment, and rugby, cricket, football and volleyball pitches, there will also be rugby coaching sessions on offer from Falcons Community Foundation coaches and your chance to cheer Flash the Falcon on in the annual mascot race.

For those who want to get into the competitive spirit for themselves there will be a kick for goal tournament and sand castle building competition, while the day will also see the finals of the Falcons’ adult touch rugby competition live at the beach.

Falcons players will be amongst those in attendance, cheering on the competitors and soaking up the sunshine in what looks set to be a fantastic, fun-filled day.

And if all that weren't enough, the beach will also play host to the Webb Ellis Trophy as part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

For more information, contact Jeff Ball on 07809114905.

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