Visually Impaired (VI) Rugby is a game which has been modelled on traditional rugby and takes elements from both Union and League codes. Similar to touch rugby, the game is 7-a-side and the referee is very vocal, commentating on the game at all times to help all players understand where the ball is and what is happening.
The ball contains small ball bearings and bells which makes it audible. Tackles are made by two-hand touch tackles (essentially like touch rugby) and after each touch, players place the ball between their legs. After 6 tackles it’s a turnover ball. The tackling team have to retreat 5m after each tackle. Scrums and lineouts are uncontested.
Our VI Rugby sessions take place on a Sunday morning at Forfar Community Campus. Sessions are open to anyone aged 18+ with a visual impairment. The game uses the sight classification developed by British Blind Sport.