Disability Rugby

Disability Rugby

Tag Rugby for people with learning disabilities continues to grow in popularity across Ulster and there are now nine clubs operating in the Province. Monthly blitzes for special needs teams are hosted in turn by each of the clubs and have added some structure to their season.

Tag rugby for people with learning disabilities aims to help develop social and team skills and promote fun and enjoyment.

It is also hoped that a greater understanding of the sport and inclusivity in the wider community will develop as a result. Currently there are 9 teams across the province with players ranging from 7 to 55 years old, all of whom have a wide range of special needs. The clubs meet at regular intervals during the rugby season to play matches against one another and some have even toured to England and ROI to take part in international festivals.

Coaches in each of the clubs have benefited from specialist disability inclusion training and the Ulster Disability Advisory Group (DAG) is on hand to offer advice and assistance to clubs wishing to start up their own disability section.

Click here to see our introduction handbook and check out the easy to follow ‘Magnificent 7’ principles of tag rugby play.

The experience of playing tag rugby has proven to benefit both player, coach and club immensely so why not give it a go?! The hardest step is only the first, the contacts below would love to hear from you.


Ballymena Bears (Ballymena RFC)
Contact: Gary Donald
Mobile: 0773 8389791
Email: gdjd6@hotmail.com

Clare Hares (Ballyclare RFC)
Contact: Moore Kennedy
Mobile: 07808582968
Email: moore.kennedy@btinternet.com

Coleraine Chargers (Coleraine RFC)
Contact: Paul Shiels
Mobile: 07835589289
Email: shielsyalrite@hotmail.com

Donaghadee Seaside Sharkies (Donaghadee RFC)
Contact: Catherine Armstrong
Mobile: 07783522771
Email: crawford_cthrn@yahoo.co.uk

Enniskillen Elks (Enniskillen RFC)
Contact: Stuart McCrea
Mobile: 07540121589
Email: stuartmccrae@yahoo.co.uk

Stevenson Sharks (Dungannon RFC)
Contact: Jim McGinley
Mobile: Mob 07929639393
Email: jimeith@btinternet.com

Errigal Eagles (Finn Valley RFC & Donegal Town RFC)
Contact: Gerard Doherty
Mobile: 00353 86 7355536
Email: gpdoherty@eircom.net

Newforge Taggers (Belfast)
Contact: Sam McBurney
Mobile: 07718209640
Email: sammcburney@btinternet.com

Portadown Panthers (Portadown RFC)
Contact: Willie Gribben
Mobile: Mobile number: 07739044084
Email: willie.gribben@googlemail.com

For further information please contact:

The Rugby Development Office