New law permits male rugby players to wear tights, leggings

Thursday, October 14th, 2021 09:01 |
Aaron Smith runs through drills during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at Eden Park in August. PHOTO/COURTESY

Skinned knees could soon be a thing of the past in rugby union after the sport’s governing body amended its laws to allow players at all levels to wear tights or leggings during games.

Law Four of the sport, which covers players’ clothing, previously only permitted women to wear “cotton blend tights or leggings, with single inside seam under their shorts and socks”, but has now been extended to all participants with immediate effect, World Rugby said.

The amendment has been implemented on “welfare and accessibility grounds” amid the increasing use of artificial surfaces.

“With some players susceptible to abrasions on artificial surfaces, the decision gives players the option to wear tights or leggings as a preventative measure, maximising access to the game,” World Rugby said.

“World Rugby will also work with unions and registered artificial turf providers to ensure that rigorous best-practice maintenance programmes are observed that minimise the risk of abrasions, particularly in relation to brushing and watering, especially in hot conditions.”

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