CHOOSING YOUR WOMEN'S RUGBY KIT 

You don't need a lot of equipment to play rugby, but there are certain essentials for keeping you comfortable and safe! 

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Female rugby players use more or less the same kit as the men, with one or two slight differences. These differences are because of body shapes and the fact that women have different sensitive areas to men. We give you our advice in this article, which starts with an explanatory video:

MOUTHGUARD

It's a must for rugby. It protects your teeth and neck by limiting the spread of shockwaves. To make it easier to breathe and speak when wearing your mouthguard, you'll need to heat mould it to fit your teeth. Offload is the first brand to bring out a mouthguard especially for women, with a size in between that of juniors' and men's mouthguards

 

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per pair of shorts

They need to be durable for when you're bending over (tackles, scrums, etc.) and for when you get pulled by other players. For comfort and convenience, it's best to have shorts designed for the female figure, in other words smaller around the waist and crotch but bigger on the hips. 

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SHIRTS

Like with your shorts, durability is key. Your shirt needs to withstand scrums and the demands of matches while also being breathable. Rugby involves very varied movements: passing, tackling, contact, etc. Hence the importance of being at ease and having the freedom to move.

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SPORTS BRA

It's essential for supporting your bust and very important for comfort. Running, jumping and contact all put a strain on this area of your body. As well as providing support, it also offers protection thanks to foam inserts in the cups. If you're going to feel completely at ease in games, breast support is vital.

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Socks

Traditionally, long socks that come to just below the knee are worn. You can also wear "mid" socks that come halfway up your calf. Their role is to stop you getting blisters and keep you comfy in your boots.  

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SHOULDER PADS

They aren't compulsory but they do help limit impacts during contact. Although there aren't many of them around, women-specific shoulder pads are designed to protect sensitive areas, particularly the chest and shoulders. You can wear them for matches and training sessions in addition to your sports bra. 

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SCRUM CAP

The scrum cap doesn't protect from concussion. It simply limits blows and collisions to the head and protects your ears. It can also come in handy if you have long hair, as it helps to keep it neatly tucked up during matches.

 

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Now you've got all the kit and taken care of your comfort and safety, you're ready to take to the pitch!