Rugby protective and the law

Headgear and shoulder pads have become so entrenched on rugby fields that it is easy to forget that the first protective shoulder pads were only launched about twenty years ago when rugby coach Alan Zondagh obtained IRB permission to provide players with padded protection. Since the protective items came on the market, the International Rugby Board adopted strict rules on how much padding a rugby player is allowed to wear - mainly to prevent overly padded players from battering other, less protected, players and changing the nature of the game even more.

Date
: 11 October 2013
Year
: 2011 Oct/Nov
Volume
: Vol 32, No 5
Publication
: Sports Trader
Publication Page
: 31
Media Type
: Article
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