Walking Rugby is the newest, and probably the most inclusive, rugby format to be played in a Guildfordians shirt. The sport is growing rapidly in popularity across the UK and Ireland as a non-contact game aimed at the over-fifties.
Launched at the club just two years ago by veteran Guildfordians coach Roger Underwood, Walking Rugby is attracting new members to the club from far afield. We are perhaps a bit more open minded than some clubs and welcome adults of all ages. It’s a great form of exercise and, most importantly, lots of fun!
Walking doesn’t sound very energetic but we’ve discovered that even older players are still very competitive and will move just as fast as the rules allow. It is excellent exercise, huge fun and can be played all year round.
Walking Rugby has a simple set of rules so it’s easy to learn whether you have played rugby before or not. As it is non-contact, teams of up to seven players are usually mixed. A tackle is made with two hands on the torso of the ball carrier who is required to pass immediately. A turn over results when the ball is dropped or goes out of play and restarts are simply a free pass. A try is scored when the ball carrier walks over the opposition try line.
The Guildfordians Walking Rugby team have already notched up some notable successes. At the end of their first season the beat Esher Walking Rugby at the Surrey Seniors Finals to become the Surrey 2019 champions. We ran the first walking rugby festival in Surrey in June 2019 attracting teams from as far afield as Bristol. In September 2019 we sent a squad to the annual National Vintage Games in Bath. A succession of determined performances saw Guildfordians beat a number of strong teams from well established WR clubs to make it through to the finals only to be beaten by a very well organised squad from Topsham. An exhausted Guildfordians team was quite satisfied to come runners up at our first national event.
We’re all looking forward to getting back into action as soon as the rules allow. Weather (and pandemics) permitting we hold two training sessions a week all year round, on Stoke Park on Sundays and on Tuesday evenings either at Chiddingfold (late April – mid-September) or Charterhouse Club (mid September – late April). Training sessions are usually followed by an optional debrief in the clubhouse or other convenient hostelry.
We are happy to offer a temporary home to players from other sections who are returning from injury and find walking rugby a useful and enjoyable route back to full fitness. New members are always very welcome, whatever your age or rugby experience. We look forward to seeing you very soon!
For more information please contact Mark Grubb
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