Womens Over 27 for 2016

The purpose of this post is to put together some information that may help you prepare for the trials in Jan of next year. Time between now and then is shortand the time after trails is alarmingly short (5 months) so I think it important that players get themselves prepared for what is to come. Fitness: It will be the ... More

Role Vacancies


After a number of years of dedication, some of our team of volunteers are hanging up their pens & keypads. As a result, there are vacancies available within the ITA for both treasurer and secretary. If you are interested, please email secretary@irelandtouchassociation.com

What does our treasurer do? Our treasurer has responsibility for all the ITA's finances and the maintenance of accounts. The treasurer provides reports to the Committee on the financial standing of the ITA and at the Annual General Meeting. Aka Rory!

What does our secretary do? Our secretary is the nerve centre of the ITA – ‘the one who is the know’. The secretary is the our principle administrative officer. Members and outside organisations interested in the ITA contacts the secretary for information or details about membership, training, meetings, events and activities, etc. Aka Ruth :-)

While the incumbents are in-situ we would like interested parties to shadow in the roles, to get a feel for what's involved and to ensure a smooth transition. Please express your interest to secretary@irelandtouchassociation.com, or indeed if you have any questions whatsoever about the roles. No experience necessary, although it might help.

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L1 Referee Course

Ireland Touch will be presenting a Level 1 Referee Course When: Saturday 14th February. Start time: 09:00, Finished by: 15:00 (plenty of time to get to the rugby if you are lucky enough to be going) Location: Monkstown RFC, Co. Dublin Cost: €10 (to cover lunch, refreshments, venue, handouts, etc.) Co... More

Ireland National Squads 2014

Congratulations to all players on making their respective national squad for the European Touch Championships 2014. Squad details as follows. Best of luck to all participating in Swansea, Aug 5th - 10th.   Our team of Referees: Aoife McCarthy Roelie Smit Georgina Woods Mark Scoyne ... More

Level 1 Referee Course

Ireland Touch will be presenting a level 1 Referee Course on Saturday 12th April. Classroom based 09:30 - 15:00, practical to follow. Please register with Ruth - for information & to put your name down, spaces are limited. secretary@irelandtouchassociation.com More

Intermediate Level Coaching Course

The I.T.A. will be conducting a level 1 coaching course in Galway on the 7th and 8th December. The F.I.T. Coaching Commission has recently updated the coaching course material which now includes: F.I.T. Coaching Manual (228 pages) F.I.T. Intermediate Coaching Course Workbook   (22 pages) F.I.T. Playing Rules ... More

Home Nations Women’s Open Team

Here is a nice photo of the Ireland Women's Open Team at the recent Home Nations Tournament [one_third last="no"] [/one_third] [two_third last="yes"] [/two_third] More

Playing Rule 14: Obstruction

RULE 14 - OBSTRUCTION 1 Attacking Team. Players of the attacking team are not to obstruct defending players from attempting to effect a touch. A player in possession must not run or otherwise move behind the referee or other players in the attacking team in an attempt to avoid a touch. Obstruction here is defined as a deliberate attempt by an attacking player to gain an unfair advantage by preventing a defending player from effecting a touch. RULING - A penalty awarded to the defending team at the mark where the infringement occurred. 2 Defending Team. Players in the defending team are not to obstruct or otherwise interfere with the attacking players supporting the player in possession.
SITUATION 14:5 The player in possession uses an offside retiring defender as a “shield” preventing him from being touched by another defending player. Is such action deemed to be an obstruction ?
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