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IC Touch Rugby Championship

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The stage was set on a very wet day for teams participating in the fifth edition of the Independence Cup Touch Rugby Championship 2017. The tournament was being held under the aegis of the Rugby Union of Mumbai Suburbs for the second time.

Conditions were somewhat apt for an amazing day of rugby as it poured throughout the day on 20th August, 2017. The likes of Societe Generale, Ace Foundation, All Dreams & Slum Lions, hailing from various suburbs of Mumbai took part in the event. Boys and girls belonging to the Ball Project also participated as Durgawadi United for the second consecutive year.

Thrilling encounters ended in nail-biting finishes in all the categories of the tournament. In the Men’s category, Ace Foundation trumped the Slum Lions in the finale to bag top honours after an edge of the seat match. The Women’s & Mixed category ended up with the same contenders, but the results were different. In the women’s section, Sporting Mulund FC beat the Mumbai Strikers SC girls while Mumbai Strikers SC took away bragging rights against Sporting Mulund FC in the mixed category.

All in all a good day for the sport of Rugby.

The Independence Cup Touch Rugby Championship 2017 will be held on 20th August, 2017 at the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Ground, Nahur or more famously known as the Nahur Ground. The event is in its 5th year and looks forward to a huge participation from teams all over Mumbai.

As always the tournament is divided into two categories, U16 and Open Category. The U16 consists subcategories, Boys & Girls, while Open has three viz Boys, Girls & Mixed. Each category will accommodate 6 teams.

The registration can be done at the following link. Register Now!

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Monday, 29 August 2016 19:29

ICTRC 2016 finds more talent this year

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The Independence Cup Touch Rugby Championship 2016 uncovered fresh talent in the sport of Rugby as the fourth edition of the tournament ended successfully. The ICTRC  was held on the 21st of August under the aegis of the Rugby Union of Mumbai Suburbs (RUMS). The entire event was conceptualised and organised by Sportsworks India with their technical partners being Mumbai Strikers Sports Club.

The tournament had three categories viz Men’s, Women’s and Mixed. There were 9 teams in the Mens Category while 6 teams in the other two. The number of participants amassed to 150 on the day. It was a pleasant day for a game of rugby and the conditions were nothing but perfect. The atmosphere was ecstatic as the audience were entertained by some thrilling encounters on the field. At the end of it all, Team New Zeala stunned Ace Foundation in the finals to win the Men’s Category. The MS Women’s team grabbed the honours in the Women’s category as they pipped Wolverines to the title. The Wolverines, a Mulund Touch Rugby League outfit, did well to enter the finals on their debut. In the Mixed Category, the MS Mixed Team beat the local team Nahur to finish first.

Mr. Vaibhav Patil along with Mr. Ganesh Jadhav came along to give away the prizes to the winners and runners-up and also shared a few words of encouragement.

The residents of Mulund (East) were in for a surprise spectacle on the 16th of August 2015 as they witnessed the first ever Rugby tournament in the suburb on the vast surface of the Sambhaji Grounds which is normally vacant during the rains. The arena was full of players and spectators who put up an extravagant show of skill and spirit through the Independence Cup Touch Rugby Championship 2015. The third edition was as exciting as its previous two versions but innovative in terms of the venue and its viewers.

The tournament was organised by Mumbai Strikers under the aegis of RAM (Rugby Association of Maharashtra) promoting the Get into Rugby Initiative, started by World Rugby (Highest governing Rugby body in the world). The event was conceptualised and managed by Sports Works India.

It was the perfect combination of weather and venue for an exciting day of Touch Rugby. With all the teams geared up for some good touch rugby action, the locals were all set to see Rugby in its non contact form for the first time in their own backyard. After a string of entertaining and close matches, Magicians grabbed the top spot in the Mixed category while Ace Foundation stood runners-up. In the Women’s category, the spirited girls from Mumbai Strikers struck gold and following them in the Runners-up spot were the girls from St Mary’s Convent, Mulund who called themselves Try Babies. Magicians and Ace Foundation made their mark in the Men’s category as well by taking the winners and runners-up spot respectively. Magicians and Ace Foundation have been regular participants and have been at the podium often in this tournament.

The two time elected Municipal Councillor, Mr. Nandkumar Vaity graced the occasion with his presence as the Chief Guest of the tournament. While he encouraged the Winners and other players with his words of wisdom, he also gave away the awards to the deserving teams.

Mumbai Strikers SC is thankful to Mr. Vaity for his continuous support towards the logistical and legal front of the event and hope that this association goes a long way to promote the sport of Rugby.

Mumbai Strikers SC will hold the Independence Cup Touch Rugby Championship on 16th August 2015 in collaboration with the Rugby Association of Maharashtra. The tournament will enter its third year and many teams from all over Mumbai will take part in this annual event.

The tournament will accommodate three categories, mainly Men’s, Women’s and Mixed. The Independence Cup which transformed from a Football tournament to a Rugby tournament three years ago has become a platform to exhibit skills and also scouting for Rugby teams in the city. With few tournaments being held for Rugby players, this tournament has advanced in its own way as a new venue has been chosen to host this event. The tournament will be conducted at the Sambhaji Ground located in the eastern part of Mulund.

MS invites one and all to come and witness an event filled with skills and indomitable spirit on the 16th of August 2015. Be there !!

Monday, 01 September 2014 22:58

ICTRC 2014: Report

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The 2nd Edition of the Independence Cup Touch Rugby Championship was held on the 24th of August 2014 at the Sevaram Lalwani Marg School Grounds. The tournament received an overwhelming response from teams all over Mumbai. After a series of exciting matches, the best teams made it to the finals in the Mens, Womens and Mixed categories.

The Mixed category saw an all Mumbai Strikers final match where Mumbai Strikers A beat Mumbai Strikers B by a convincing scoreline of 5 - 1. Roshni S scored 2 for the A team while Vijay N, Ravish D and Ruchi S scored one each. Ritika P scored the solitary point for Mumbai Strikers B.

The Tacklers faced the Egg Chasers in the final match of the Women’s category. The Egg Chasers were favorites in the encounter as their squad included National Level players with immense experience in the game. All were in for a surprise as the Tacklers trained by the MS Rugby coaches clean sweeped the Chasers with a comprehensive score of 4 - 0. Gargee was the star performer for the winners with 3 tries in the game and to pile on the misery on their experienced opponents Shreeya S scored another. The Tacklers grabbed the silverware in the Women’s category.

The Mens final match managed to keep everyone on the edge of their seats as Ace Foundation (Mankhurd) proved to be the eventual winners in a tight encounter against Mumbai Strikers B. A resilient Ace Foundation beat Mumbai Strikers B by a scoreline of 2 - 1. Shehbaz scored both the tries for Ace Foundation while Rakesh P scored 1 for the MS team.

Saturday, 23 August 2014 15:06

ICTRC 2017: Teams Coordinator

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Contact Information:


Teams Co-ordinator: Aniruddha Joshi

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Phone: +91 86920 03655


Teams Co-ordinator: Arun Thomas

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Teams Co-ordinator: Rohit D'souza

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Phone: +91 98191 99863

Saturday, 23 August 2014 13:56

ICTRC 2017: Venue

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Tournament Venue:

Address: Rajiv Gandhi Kridangan, Behind Sarvoday Nagar, Mulund West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400080.


Friday, 15 August 2014 11:32

ICTRC 2016: Rules & Regulations

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Games are 7 minutes each way, with a one minute half time break.
Teams may have a maximum of four players on the field, with unlimited substitutions. Maximum of Eight players per team.
No watches or other jewellery to be worn during play.
Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. No metal studs.


A touchdown will be awarded when a player places the ball on or over the score line prior to being touched.
A touch down will be worth one point for males and two points for females. The Dummy Half is not permitted to score touchdowns.

Teams may inter change players at any time.
Players coming on to the field may not do so until the player being replaced has come off.
Substitutions must only be made from the halfway line

A change of possession shall occur when:
a) The ball goes to ground.
b) The Dummy Half is touched while in possession.
c)  The Dummy Half places the ball in the touchdown zone.
d) The 4th Touch occurs.
e) The player in possession steps on or over the boundary of the field of play.
f) A roll ball is performed incorrectly.
g) A tap is performed incorrectly.
h) At a change of possession play is restarted with a roll ball.

A player may pass, throw or otherwise deliver the ball to any onside player in the attacking team.
Passing forward is not permitted.
A knock on results in a turn-over.

The tap is taken by placing the ball on the ground on the mark, releasing the ball from both hands, tapping the ball with the foot a distance of not more than one metre and retrieving the ball cleanly.
Any player from the attacking team may take the tap.

When a player / team is penalised the non offending team shall restart play with a tap.
The tap is taken at the mark and the defending team must retire ten metres from the mark until the ball has been tapped.
Play restarts with a tap when the following infringements occur

  • Forward pass.
  • Performing a rollball prior to a touch being made.
  • Defenders offside at the rollball (5 metres).
  • Defenders offside at the tap (10 metres).
  • Deliberately delaying play.
  • More than four players on the field.
  • Falsely claiming a touch.
  • Using more than the minimum force to make a touch.
  • Misconduct

A means of restarting play.
Players must perform the roll ball on the mark while facing their opponent’s defending score line and rolling the ball backwards between their legs a distance of not more than one metre.
No overstepping is allowed.
Players must not delay performing the roll ball.

Players from both teams are permitted to affect the touch.
A touch is contact with any part of the body, ball, clothing or hair.
A minimum of force is to be used at all times.
The team in possession is entitled to 4 touches.

A player is not to pass the ball after a touch has been made.

The dummy half is the person who picks up the ball after a team-mate has performed a roll ball.

After a touch has been made all defending players must retire 5 metres from the mark.
Defenders cannot move forward until the dummy half has touched the ball.
In a 5 metre play, the defending team must go behind the score line.
Once the ball is in play the defending team must all move out from behind the line.

If a player with the ball touches or crosses the sideline s/he is deemed to be out of play and a change of possession occurs.
Play restarts with a roll ball 5 metres in from where the player went out.
If a touch is made before the player goes out, the touch counts.

Players of the attacking team are not to obstruct defending players from attempting to affect a touch.
Defending players are not to obstruct / interfere with attacking players supporting the ball carrier.

A mixed team is made up of at least two people of each gender.

A minimum of three team members must be present to start the game.
Late teams will be subject to a penalty of one touch down for every two minutes that the team is late, with a maximum of five penalty points which will signal abandonment of the game and the offending team recording a default.
In the case of a default the non offending team will be recorded as winning 5-0.

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On behalf of the Mumbai Strikers Sports Club, we invite you to enter your team in the Independence Cup Touch Rugby Championship 2017.

This tournament represents an excellent opportunity for all Touch Rugby enthusiasts to participate and show-off their new found love for Rugby. As a “tune-Up” for the new Rugby season, this will be your chance to evaluate new players and teams against stiff competition. We invite teams of all competitive levels to participate and we ensure that everyone is challenged.

Join us on the 20th of August for an exciting weekend of touch rugby. This competition is open to all.

Medals are awarded to champions in each flight. All teams will receive certificate's of participation.

For information on registration please follow the link at the top right hand side.