A scrum cap is a padded helmet-like item which covers the ears and head with straps underneath the chin. The primary purpose of the scrum cap is to protect the players head and ears from cuts and abrasions received during play. The scrum cap has become a must have for second row players, but can be beneficial to any player who finds themselves in frequent contact.
Body protection comes in a variety fo styles and sizes depending on the amount of padding a player desires. and sizes depending on how much padding you desire. Many are shorter and cover only the shoulders and collarbone to allow for protection with a lot of breathability. Others are much longer and provide padding for most of the torso and upper arm but hold in more heat. The IRB requires that padding be soft and no more than 1 centimeter thick when uncompressed. While this isn’t anything near the scale of American Football pads, rugby shoulder pads do take a good bit of the edge off of a lot of tackles and scrums, though proper technique is still a must to prevent injury.
Looking for extra grip on the ball? Pick up a pair of gloves. Keep in mind that IRB regulations require all gloves to be fingerless! Particularly useful in wet conditions, gloves are very lightweight and breathable and are typically made of a very thin moisture management fabric.
A mouthguard is an essential piece of equipment for every player. Mouthguards prevent oral damage to the player, including loosing or permanently damaging teeth, biting your tounge, and contribute to reducing the shock associated with head trauma. Modern research has shown that mouthguards not only protect a players mouth, but are instrumental in preventing concussions. No player should be without one.
A compression shirt is a tight-fitting shirt made of a durable, elastic-like material. They are very breathable and are usually worn under a regular rugby jersey. They are excellent moisture managing garments and can help wick moisture away from the body more efficiently, keeping the player cooler and drier. These shirts cut down on excess muscle vibration which can cause extra fatigue as well as prevent chafing. Compression shirts also keep the body slightly warmer to prevent injury to the muscles and joints. Some compression shirts are also made for cold weather and keep the body extra warm during play.
The most iconic piece of rugby apparel, World Rugby Shop™ offers jerseys for both the player and the fan. World Rugby Shop™ has partnered with the biggest names in rugby to bring you the top training gear from brands such as Adidas, BLK, Canterbury, Gilbert and more. We offer a multitude of styles guaranteed to satisfy the needs of any player. Of course, we carry one of the largest varieties of professional replica jerseys the internet has to offer. Our wide selection is thanks in no small part to past and present partnerships with iconic clubs from all over the world. Whether you're looking for the latest All Blacks jersey, or your favorite English Premiership team, World Rugby Shop™ has every collector covered. Furthermore, we cater to individual teams as well. World Rugby Shop™ can create an entire set of custom sublimated jerseys for your team.
Whether it's a match ball, training ball, beach ball, mini ball, or development ball, we've got you covered. We carry an impressive variety of balls for all ages and styles. A match ball is normally differentiated from a training ball by its firmness and grip. A match ball is typically firmer than a training ball when fully inflated, and in many cases has an improved grip. Greater care is often taken in assuring the symmetry and overall shape of the ball as well. They are usually more expensive than their training ball counterparts as a result and are not recommended for everyday use. Training balls, as the name implies, are perfectly suited for practice. They are normally slightly softer when fully inflated than a match ball which makes it easier to catch repeatedly. They are usually significantly cheaper than a match ball, but they are more than sufficient for practicing and are much better at withstanding the rigors of everyday use. Beach balls are composed of softer materials more suited for the terrain. Mini balls, as you probably gathered, are miniature versions of rugby balls! Development balls are a growing section of training balls. Development balls can be weighted, tethered, or flat-paneled. Each unique feature is designed to facilitate growth in skill and technique.
Rugby shorts need to be able to withstand a lot of physical abuse from pulling and tearing. Therefore, soccer shorts and other types of gym shorts are usually not rugged enough to handle the requirements of the game and are too stretchy for use in the line out and scrum. Rugby shorts tend to be made of stiffer, more durable materials such as 100% cotton twill or some other durable performance fabric, such as Climalite. Shorts need to fit properly because the material is less stretchy and can hinder leg movement. Shorts with pockets are available, but pocketless shorts can fit better. Rugby shorts are traditionally short by design to allow more range of motion, but longer short styles are available. As the technical nature of shorts develops, shorts are becoming more and more advanced. Shopping with World Rugby Shop™ ensures that you'll find the best variety of the most technical shorts on the market.
Compression shorts are a tight-fitting garment usually made of spandex or some other stretchy, breathable material used for several reasons. They also keep things generally compressed and slightly warmer which helps reduce injuries to the muscles and joints. Compression shorts also cut down on excessive muscle vibration when running and tackling which can fatigue a player faster. Better yet, compression shorts reduce friction and chafing between the legs and thighs. They also can help shorts slide up and down the thigh better during running to prevent legs getting hung up on the shorts if the player has large legs.
High socks are a part of the traditional rugby uniform for a reason. Socks that are thinner are better at managing moisture. Socks that are thicker are used for warmth. The thickness you choose depends on the climate in which you will be playing. Typically synthetic materials like polyester and spandex are used for moisture management and stretch with more traditional fabrics such as cotton used for warmth and thickness. Often socks are a blend of both of these types of fiber, and you can check the various material ratios to get an idea of which blend would be best for your playing conditions. It is a good idea to have several pairs of socks in your various colors and materials to be ready for any situation. Also, it is a good idea to purchase socks that have a slightly padded foot and arch support of some kind, particularly if the fields you play on are fairly hard.
Made in a number of styles, Firm Ground and Soft Ground are the primary choices. Firm Ground boots are typically made with molded bottoms and are better suited for speed, and are often worn by backline players. Soft Ground boots are made with larger studs for stability and traction in the set pieces and at the breakdown. Soft Ground boots are well suited for pack play.World Rugby Shop's™ partnerships with the world's premier rugby brands ensure that you'll always know where to find the newest selection of rugby boots. Boots from Adidas, Canterbury, Gilbert, Nike, Puma, Under Armour and more can always be found at World Rgby Shop.