Luxembourg junior touch player in action during the Kleos Junior Touch Rugby Tournament, 6 July 2019. Photo: Rugby Club Luxembourg
Nearly three dozen boys and girls aged 8-13 played during the first ever Kleos Junior Touch Rugby Tournament.
Touch rugby is a non-contact form of the game. Nick Frank, president of the RCL Touch club, said in a press release:
“We started junior touch to provide an opportunity for girls and boys who love to run and catch balls, to play a form of rugby without tackling.”
RCL Touch marked the competition a success. Frank stated:
“Considering this first year was a bit of an experiment, we have exceeded expectations. Junior touch probably has more girls playing in the 8-13 age group than all the rugby clubs combined in Luxembourg. The boys who are attracted to the sport are perhaps less aggressive than their Ecole [editor’s note: traditional rugby] colleagues, but enjoy the greater emphasis on speed of thought and position.”
Pictured: Luxembourg junior touch players watch a match during the Kleos Junior Touch Rugby Tournament, 6 July 2019. The tournament consisted of round-robin matches between 6 mixed-aged teams, each with 5 girls and boys aged 8-13. Photo: Rugby Club Luxembourg
The club stated that, for the next edition, “we will be expanding to include boys and girls from 13-16, with the objective of playing in the European Junior Touch championships in 2020.”
Touch practice will take place Saturdays at 10am, starting in September, in Cessange. Contact the club for registration information.