The U8s team is for children in School Year 3 (a player’s age grade is determined by their age at midnight on 31st August at the beginning of each Season and that age grade applies for the whole Season.)

The focus is on having fun, and we welcome players of all shapes,csizes, experience and ability. The children come from a mix of local schools, and so it is a great opportunity for them to meet new friends.

The team trains every Sunday at Tor and have a series of matches home and away agains other clubs in the region. Towards the end of the season there is the opportunity to play in rugby festivals which are ’round robin’ competitions against local clubs.

Under 8s play non contact tag rugby, in teams of 5 or 6 a-side. The focus is on fun – ensuring the players enjoy the game whilst they build on their skills for the future. At Tor we have RFU accredited volounteer coaches who provide the training for the children, with support (when available) from someof the senior team players.

The rules for U8 tag rugby can be found here : UNDER 8s RULES OF PLAY (Tag Rugby)

More information on Age Grade Rugby can be found on the RFU Website


3 Sept 17 – First Training Session of the new season! U8s had 14 players this week, including 2 new players, Grace and Jack. Despite the rain, the kids were all very enthusiastic and excited to be back. We started off with a good warm up session of Stuck in the Mud, into some passing training which developed into 2 mini games and finished off with big game of Tag.

U8 Coaching Staff – Season 2017/18


Ian Armstrong
U8 Coach / Website manager
Ian is now in his second year of coaching this team and is looking forward to another fun season
James Neal
U8 Coach
James is in his second year coaching at Tor and has completed the Rugby Ready RFU training course and his Level 1 coaching qualification. James finds that coaching 7 and 8 year olds reminds him of his time spent in the Royal Navy....
Ed Lazenby
U8 Coach
Ed is another full time coach with the under 8s who is too modest to supply his picture for the team page...
Could This Be You?
Team 'Mum'
U8s are looking for a Team 'Mum' to help the coaches with running the team, supporting the players and being a focal point and 'go-to' person for the parents. Dads and other friends and family of U8 players are, of course, also welcome...we may have to re-think the job title though! Click on the email link to get in touch....
contact us at