Why Are Rugby Referees Respected? (And Called Sir)

You just need to watch one rugby match to notice how much the referee is respected by the players. When referees award a penalty, you won’t see them surrounded by an angry team arguing their innocence. And when a referee penalizes a burly forward who towers over him? “Yes Sir, sorry Sir”, is the standard … Read more

How Much Does It Cost To Play Rugby?

If you’re thinking of joining a local rugby club, you’ll be wondering how much does it cost to play rugby. You will need some clothing and equipment that should last several years. You will also have recurring costs such as club membership and insurance. An adult rugby player will have typical costs of $400 to … Read more

Why Do Rugby Players Shave Their Legs? (Explained)

Many professional rugby players shave their legs, and it’s becoming more common in amateur and social leagues. Players shave their legs to: Prevent leg hair from being torn when removing strapping Assist healing around wounds and injuries Avoid skin irritation from frequent massages Improve the appearance of muscles Yes, the last reason is basically to … Read more

Why Do Rugby Players Tape Their Thighs?

The most common reason for rugby players to tape both thighs is to aid with being lifted in a lineout. Tape and bandages on only one thigh are usually to support a minor injury. This article gives a detailed explanation of using tape for lineout jumpers. We also have a step-by-step pictorial guide on how … Read more

Can You Recycle Rugby Balls? (Options And Examples)

Rugby balls are made from a variety of materials, some of which are more difficult to recycle. Recycling centers that accept tires are more likely to accept rugby balls. Alternative options are: Selling (when branded or signed) Donating playable balls Repurposing in the home This article reviews these options in detail. Why Rugby Balls Are … Read more

Why Do Rugby Balls Have Gilbert On Them?

Sometimes it seems like all rugby balls are called Gilbert. Are you watching an international match or a game of touch in the park? The rugby balls are likely to have Gilbert stamped on them. Let’s get stuck into the reasons why! Why Are Rugby balls Called Gilbert? Gilbert is a brand name that is … Read more

Do Rugby Balls Have Bladders? (Explained)

If you opened a rugby ball, what would you see inside? Modern rugby balls contain rubber or synthetic bladders with an attached valve for inflation. Historically, rugby balls had pigs’ bladders that were inflated by mouth. The bladders inside rugby balls are commonly made with one of three types of materials: Natural latex Butyl rubber … Read more

Do Rugby Balls Have Laces?

Here’s a picture of two rugby balls. The ball on the left is an antique from the 1930s. I bought the ball on the right a few years ago. Spot the difference? The red arrow is a clue: the older rugby ball has laces. There are also a few other differences that are key to … Read more