Quick Rip is a fast, non-contact, flag version of rugby which has been developed and implemented by New Zealand Rugby.
Each team consists of a maximum of ten players, with seven on the field at any one time. All players must play at least half a game. Players wear their shirt tucked in with a velcro belt around their waist with a tag at each hip. General rugby sevens rules are followed. However, instead of tackling, the players on the defensive team can rip a tag off an attacking player if they have the ball. The defender must hold up the tag in the air and shout ‘rip’ as loud as possible, and the player who loses the tag must pass the ball immediately. After four rips against one team the ball is turned over.
All tries are worth one point and there are no conversions. For children aged 14-18 the game is usually made up of four five-minute quarters and played on a full-size rugby ground. However, these aspects of the game can be adapted according to the fitness levels of the players and availability of ground space.
Delivered by New Zealand Rugby (NZR), in partnership with Oceania Rugby, the Pacific Sporting Partnership – Sport for Health initiative is funded by the New Zealand Government’s Aid programme.
By integrating World Rugby’s Get into Rugby initiative with NZR’s Quick Rip rugby, the partnership aims to encourage more children in the Pacific, specifically in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, to play sport and lead healthier lifestyles.
“Sport is a powerful vehicle to connect in a meaningful way with the youth in the Pacific and both the work being done by New Zealand Rugby, Oceania Rugby and World Rugby are critical in not only growing the level of participation but as tool to engage and convey important health and social messages.”
The intended outcomes of the four-year programme are:
- Increased participation in sports.
- Increased engagement by parents and communities for children’s sports.
- Increased capacity of local providers to deliver sports programmes.
- Improved access to sporting opportunities; and
- Increased awareness amongst parents and children of the importance of physical exercise and nutrition for improving healthy lifestyles.
The Pacific Sporting Partnership - Sports for Health rugby programme introduces children in the Pacific to a type of rugby known as ‘Quick Rip’ alongside a healthy lifestyle’s awareness campaign. The programme is aimed at encouraging physical activity and promoting healthier lifestyles among children in the Pacific. Active children are more likely to become active adults. Being physically active means people are less at risk of non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, which are serious issues for Pacific countries.