Walking Rugby

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What is walking rugby?

Walking rugby is a slower paced, non contact version of Rugby Union that can be played by ANYONE who wants to give it a go.
Basic rugby rules apply and the spirit of the game is still the same however its played at walking pace, there is no contact and the main aim is for it to be fun!

Who can join in?

Anyone is able to take part in our walking rugby sessions. Whether you are 15 and not a fan of the contact element of the game or 70 and your body can’t quite last a full 80, it is for everyone. Beginners to experienced rugby players. 

When is it?

7pm-8pm on a Tuesday on the astro pitch behind the squash courts.


Email us on walkingrugby@ccsrfc.co.uk and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Our 3 aims

Our 3 aims are for the sessions to be: 

Fun 100%
Social 100%
Active 100%

  • No running! – walking is determined by one foot on the ground at any time when in motion. Players must not run or jog while the game is in action.
  •  No contact! – similar to ‘touch rugby’ rules – two hands (shoulders down to shorts, including arms) is all the contact made which qualifies as a tackle. The tackled player must pass the ball, within one pace from the spot they were tackled, without delay.
  • No Mauls, Rucks or Lineouts, but there are Scrums! – 2 closest players to an infringement form the front row. Next closest player is scrum half. Scrummagers  will be stood in upright standing position and non-contested. 
  • Scoring – A try requires no bending – you walk across the try line, ball in hand and both feet over the try line.
  • Knock-on – if the ball is knocked forward and hits another player or the ground. A deliberate knock on is a penalty.
  • Turnover, Penalty or other in-field re-start – The player re-starting must tap the ball with foot or knee and may then walk or pass, on-side defenders may advance.
  • Time – The game is split into four 5 minute (or longer by agreement) quarters, 2 minute breaks for rehydration between each quarter.
  • Teams sizes – Up to 7 players a side, with rolling substitutes.
  • Passing – The ball must be passed backwards or transverse (not forward).
  • Drop ball – Turnover if the ball hits the ground going backwards.
  • In Touch – If the ball goes in to touch, the other side re-start with a pass from the point where the ball crossed the touch line.
  • Defending – The defence must not interfere with the first pass following a tackle.

Our Current Sponsors

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Cheltenham Civil Service RFC, Cotswold Area Civil Service Sports Association, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington Cheltenham GL51 9SL

With the advent of national leagues in 1987, we were placed in Gloucester 2. 2001-2 saw us blunder into Gloucester 3 by having 2 points deducted and coming third from bottom, but we bounced straight back again , winning all our league matches. In 2004-5 we came second with promotion to Gloucester 1. This did not go well. We would have been relegated but for a re-organisation of the leagues, and we did get relegated in 2006-7. Our response was to win the League and move back into Gloucester 1, where we are now working hard towards further promotion.

In the 2010/2011 season Cheltenham Civil Service RFC added a women’s section to the club, during which friendly matches were played. At the end of a very successful season the women also reached the criteria required by the RFU to enter the official RFU leagues in the 2011/12 season.