How To Stretch Rugby Boots (Safely)

Many players like to stretch a new pair of rugby cleats before playing a competitive match. But don’t believe everything you hear or read about how to stretch cleats. The wrong advice can damage the material in modern rugby boots. This article gives you our best recommendations. And we’ll point out some techniques to avoid! … Read more

Why Don’t Rugby Players Wear Eye Black? (Explained)

When you watch a rugby match, you’ll notice that players don’t wear eye black. This is in contrast to sports like American football and baseball. Could a rugby player gain an advantage on the field by wearing the eye grease or stickers that NFL players use? Or would they be told by the referee that … Read more

What Do Rugby Players Write On Their Wrists? (Examples)

If you look closely at the arms of rugby players, you’ll notice that many write messages on the tape wrapped around their wrists. A few years ago, the World Rugby authorities tried to crack down on this practice. But they relaxed their stance after a clamor of protest. Let’s take a look at what and … Read more

Why Do Rugby Players Tape Their Wrists? (Explained)

When you watch a rugby match, you’ll probably notice that some players wear tape around their wrists. This article takes a detailed look at why rugby players do so. And if you’re starting out in rugby and would like to give tape a try, we’ve got some advice on how to do it properly. Why … Read more

Can You Wear Gloves In Rugby? (Explained)

If you watch footage of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, you’ll notice that a lot of players were wearing gloves. You’re far less likely to see gloves on a rugby pitch now. As the days get a little colder, you may be thinking that a cozy pair of gloves would be a perfect choice for … Read more

Do Rugby Players Wear Shin Guards? (Explained)

Rugby players traditionally wear their socks rolled up to the knee. So, it’s not obvious if they are wearing shin pads. If you’re getting ready to join a club session for the first time, you may be wondering if you should go and buy a pair. But you probably shouldn’t grab the nearest pads in … Read more

Glasses, Contacts, And Goggles In Rugby

If you’ve watched a rugby match, you probably noticed that the players don’t wear glasses. So, you may be wondering if rugby players are allowed to wear spectacles. And if they’re not, are they allowed use any corrective eyewear? This article reviews the use of glasses, contact lenses, and sports goggles in Rugby Union. Can … Read more

How To Clean Rugby Boots (Explained)

Your first rugby match on a muddy field will make you wonder: can you take a shortcut to cleaning your boots by using the washing machine? How about throwing them into the dryer afterward? If you’ve been playing for a few months, you also may be looking for tips to get the smell out of … 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