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and women can compete on an equal footing, while also offering opportunities to represent your country no matter what age you are Rugby originated in Australia in the late 1960s as a six a side, non contact alternative to Rugby League. Instead of making a tackle, a defending player touches an attacking player, forcing them to plant the ball on the ground for a team mate to play. If the attacking team has not scored after six touches, then the ball turns over to the other team.
While the women team is competing in its first international competition, the men have competed in the 2013 Home Nations championships in Dublin. Eight of the current squad remain from last year, while three Converse Childrens Shoes more squad members have international experience in other age grades. Despite this, few of the squad have been playing the game for more than three years.
Coach Greg Muller, who has been playing and coaching the game since 1986, mostly in his native New Zealand, says Touch is a game for all ages and all skill levels.
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W27 is a fantastic bunch of players and a joy to coach. It makes life so much easier when the players are so committed and eager to learn. We have an inexperienced side compared to other countries, but we have worked very hard and I am confident we will do our country justice, he says.
In Ireland there are now close to 300 players, while in Galway there has been a very vibrant touch competition running since 2012 with up to 10 teams and more than 100 players.
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Two of the seven Irish international squads for the upcoming European Touch Rugby Championships hail from Galway.
Galway squads prepare for European Championships
They will compete over the next four days against international teams from Britain and the continent.
The men over 30 (M30s ) team, coached by former Connacht Rugby strength coach Greg Muller, and the women over 27s (W27s ) team, coached by Conor Slack, headed to Wales this week for today opening games of the 2014 championships.
Coach Conor Slack, who set up Galway Touch Rugby in 2012, has been impressed with the application and enthusiasm of his charges despite their inexperience.
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