Because rugby is a physically intensive game, there are some clothing items that you need to wear to be safe and comfortable. Rugby players wear various clothing items to protect themselves and improve their performance on the field.

Each item serves a specific purpose and is designed to withstand the physical demands of the sport. Understanding the importance of these clothing items is crucial for players' safety and success during a game.

Not sure what to wear to rugby practice? Keep reading…

 

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Rugby jersey

Rugby jersey practice wear

The rugby jersey is the most recognizable clothing item worn by rugby players. It is designed to withstand the physical demands of the sport and protect the player's upper body. The jersey is made from durable and breathable fabric, making it comfortable to wear during a game.

If you don't have a rugby jersey, any T-shirt that can get dirty and be ripped can do the job. It's a good idea to have two t-shirts, one dark and one light, in case the team gets broken up to scrimmage. Having two shirts is also helpful if one of your shirts rips, which is very common in rugby.  

 

Rugby shorts

Rugby shorts practice wear

Rugby shorts are designed to be durable and flexible to allow players to move freely while playing. They are made from breathable fabric and are usually shorter than regular shorts to avoid pulling or grabbing from opponents.

Rugby shorts are also designed to be tight-fitting to reduce the risk of opponents holding onto them. The shorts also have reinforced seams to withstand the physical demands of the sport.

Any athletic shorts will also work if you don't have rugby shorts. Avoid donning shorts with huge pockets, zippers, or buttons. These outfits are prone to tearing and can harm other players. I also recommend you wear athletic pants without zippers or buttons if the practice is in the evening or on a chilly day.

 

Spandex

Spandex rugby practice wear

It would be best if you put on spandex under your shorts. There are a few situations where spandex is essential. For instance, your shorts can fall when they are seized in an attempt to slow you down or tackle you.

And if you have spandex underneath, you will avoid any on-field humiliation. Additionally, it's polite to wear compression tights or a pair of spandex when playing a position in rugby where two other players must lift you into the air and grip your butt.

 

Rugby socks

Rugby socks practice wear

Rugby socks are longer than regular socks to provide additional protection to the player's legs. They are made from thick, durable material to withstand the rough contact of the sport.

Rugby socks also have a tight fit, reducing the risk of slipping down during play. The socks also have a ribbed design, which provides additional support to the player's calves.

 

Rugby boots/cleats

Rugby boots practice wear

Most ruggers use soccer cleats (baseball or football cleats usually do not comply with rugby laws owing to a cleat that might be hazardous when playing rugby). Go with sandals or running sneakers, then switch to cleats on the field.

Rugby cleats are specially designed to provide traction and support on the field. They have studs on the sole to prevent slipping and sliding during play. Rugby boots are also made from durable materials to withstand the physical demands of the sport.

The boots are also tight-fitting, which provides additional support and reduces the risk of ankle injuries.

 

Gum shield

rugby practice mouth guard wear

You should always wear your gum guard during rugby practice, even if you don't anticipate any physical contact drills. Before using it, shape it to fit your upper jaw.

Creating the habit of constantly wearing your gum guard is brilliant because you never know when the inevitable will happen. As I mentioned earlier, rugby is a highly physical game.

When selecting a mouth guard, go for a gel one that you can easily mold. Players tend to communicate a lot during a rugby game, and the gum shield that molds nicely to your teeth will make it easy for you to speak.

 

Head guard

Head guard rugby practice wear

A head guard protects the player's head from impact during a game. It is made from a lightweight material that absorbs shock and reduces the risk of head injuries. Head guards are comfortable on the head and available in different sizes to fit each player's head.

 

Shoulder pads

Shoulder pads rugby practice wear

Shoulder pads protect the player's shoulders and upper body from impact. They are made from thick foam and plastic, providing additional support to the player's upper body. Shoulder pads are also lightweight, comfortable, and available in different sizes to fit each player's body.

 

Compression wear

Compression wear rugby practice

Compression wear improves blood flow and reduces muscle fatigue during a game. It is made from a stretchy material that tightly fits the player's body, providing support and reducing the risk of injury. Compression wear also helps to regulate body temperature, keeping the player cool during a game.

 

Scrum cap

Scrum cap rugby practice wear

Rugby players wear scrum caps to practice to protect their ears during tackles and scrums. They are designed with lightweight material that absorbs impact and reduces the risk of ear injuries. Scrum caps are designed to be comfortable and available in different sizes to fit each player's head.

 

Wrist tape

Wrist tape rugby practice wear

Wrist tape provides additional support and stability to the player's wrists. It is made from a flexible material that allows the player to move freely while providing support. Wrist tape is also designed to be comfortable and available in different sizes to fit each player's wrist.

Signing Out!

Generally, rugby players wear various clothing items to protect themselves and improve their performance on the field. Each item serves a specific purpose and is designed to withstand the physical demands of the sport. So please do not ignore any of the things I have mentioned above.

When you play rugby, you will be yanked and pulled around during the game, so make sure you dress appropriately. Finally, bring a good attitude and passion to the game! Rugby is all about bonding and teamwork.

 



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