Suzy Wilson

Suzy Wilson

Touch Chairman & Secretary


Sally Overson

Sally Overson

Junior co-ordinator & safeguarding

Dan Dyer

Dan Dyer

Senior co-ordinator & marketing

Meg Fox

Meg Fox

Social secretary & Social media

Welcome to Canterbury Touch

Touch is a minimal contact version of rugby played by men, women and children of all ages in both mixed and single-gender teams. With 6 players on each team and rolling substitutions it is a fast-paced game that is great for fitness.

Canterbury Touch is an England Touch affiliated club and part of England Rugby’s O2 Touch programme. We have players aged from 6 to 60 playing both socially and competitively. New players are always welcome whatever your level of fitness or experience.

We currently train every Thursday from 7pm until 8.30pm on the orchard at Canterbury Rugby Club, Merton Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 7AZ. New members are always welcome and the first 2 sessions are free. If you’d like to give it a try then please contact us.

To become a member of the club, you can join online via the Membership page

How to play

Abbreviated Playing Rules

  • Game duration: Two 20-minute halves with a 5-minute half time. 
  • Play starts and restarts at the centre with a “tap”. This is performed by moving the ball on the ground with the foot, free from the hands, and then picking it up. Penalties are performed using the same procedure. On both a re-start and penalty the defending team must retreat at least 10 metres
  • Six players are allowed on the field at any one time, with up to eight substitutes off the field. Reserves can be continuously substituted at any time from one side of the field
  • A touchdown is scored by grounding the ball on, or behind, the try-line. One point is awarded for a touchdown
  • A touch is legitimate and minimal contact between a player in possession and a defending player. A touch includes contact on the ball, hair or clothing and may be made by a defending player or by the player in possession. The referee is the sole judge of the touch and has the discretion to overrule a claim (so play to the whistle!). An attacking player may affect the touch by deliberately touching the opposition
  • When touched, the player in possession must place the ball on the ground at the exact point of the touch. Play is re-started by stepping over the ball. It can be controlled with a hand or foot. This is known as a rollball. The ball may not roll more than a metre. A player may not perform a rollball unless touched
  • The player picking up the ball (the half) may run, but if touched a changeover occurs. The half may not score and a changeover (rollball) will be awarded if this occurs
  • After six touches with no score, possession changes. The attacking team begins play with a rollball
  • During a rollball, all defending players must retire to the onside line set by the referee (at least 5m). The defending team cannot move forward until play restarts, nor interfere with play whilst retreating. A restart occurs the moment the ball is tapped (for a tap) or the half touches the ball (for a roll ball). Players may not delay the game by deliberately delaying a roll ball
  • If the attacking player, when making a quick start, is touched by an offside defender, the referee may call for play to continue or give a penalty tap
  • When a rollball is taken within 5 metres of the scoreline the defending players must retreat with both feet to behind their scoreline before they can make the touch. If a player is touched in the touchdown zone before grounding the ball the touch counts and play is restarted on the 5-metre line
  • If the ball is dropped or if a player crosses the sideline before being touched, a change of possession will occur
  • A penalty is awarded for infringements including: forward pass, offside play, performing a roll ball over the mark, claiming a touch when none was made, using more than minimum force to make a touch, interfering with the roll ball and passing the ball once touched. When a penalty is awarded, the referee will give the mark where the Tap Ball must be taken and set the onside line for the defence (at least 10m)
  • If the defending team unsuccessfully intercepts the ball or it is intentionally knocked down, the attacking team restarts their posession (‘six again’)
  • No obstruction, excessive contact, verbal abuse or foul play will be tolerated – the referee is sole judge. A penalty will be awarded in such cases and players can be removed from the field. Serious or continual foul play of any nature will result in the player being sent off without a replacement

Please note that these rules are necessarily simplified and should only be used at grass-roots level to introduce new players to the game. If you are looking to referee at tournaments or develop your skills as a ref, please make sure you read the full FIT rules in the link below.

Canterbury Touch News

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Pre-match lunches

There is no better time to look through your diary and book your table, ask all your friends, colleagues, clients and family to come for a tasty three course meal, with great wine, beer and company! With a bonus of watching National 2 South rugby all for only £30 per person.

Please direct all you bookings to Phillipa Hilton

Please note that the Pre-match lunch for the final game of the sesason is by invitation only

Dates for your diary


Canterbury RFC
The Marine Travel Ground
Merton Lane North
Nackington Road
Canterbury CT4 7AZ

Tel: 01227 761301

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