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Hugby Tackle! - Worcester Warriors adapt rugby for the blind

United Kingdom, Worcester
October 15, 2019 at 06:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Worcester Warriors Rugby Club have adapted the rules of rugby to allow the blind and visually impaired to take part in the sport, nicknamed as 'Hugby' for its 'hugging' tackles. Hugby players were seen taking part in tackling and passing drills in Worcester on Saturday.

"The name Hugby comes from the actual tackle area. So the tackle is not like your conventional rugby tackle; the tackle is a hug, so hence the kind of hybrid name of 'Hugby'," explained one player.

Like the game of Marco Polo, the blind and visually impaired players on the seven-a-side teams continuously shout 'cat' and 'dog' out loud, to let them know where all the players are on their and the opposing team. Though the hugby ball is exactly the same as in rugby, it has been adapted to include a bell, to enable even fully blind team members to join in.

There are several teams, including mixed-sex, women only, and a good mix of ages. One team member describe the modified sport as "brilliant," while another said it had helped him "gain confidence."

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The Worcester Warriors Rugby Club have adapted the rules of rugby to allow the blind and visually impaired to take part in the sport, nicknamed as 'Hugby' for its 'hugging' tackles. Hugby players were seen taking part in tackling and passing drills in Worcester on Saturday.

"The name Hugby comes from the actual tackle area. So the tackle is not like your conventional rugby tackle; the tackle is a hug, so hence the kind of hybrid name of 'Hugby'," explained one player.

Like the game of Marco Polo, the blind and visually impaired players on the seven-a-side teams continuously shout 'cat' and 'dog' out loud, to let them know where all the players are on their and the opposing team. Though the hugby ball is exactly the same as in rugby, it has been adapted to include a bell, to enable even fully blind team members to join in.

There are several teams, including mixed-sex, women only, and a good mix of ages. One team member describe the modified sport as "brilliant," while another said it had helped him "gain confidence."

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