World Rugby operates a thorough process for making sure that any equipment used by a player during a match meets the requirements of both Law 4 and World Rugby Regulation 12. The limitations placed on playing equipment under Law 4 and Regulation 12 provide a level playing field for all players and considers the potential risks to the player wearing the equipment their opponents and team mates.
To read more on the World Rugby approval process, and for links to Law 4 and World Rugby Regulation 12, click here.
In May 2019, following a successful trial, World Rugby approved the use of a specific type of goggles in rugby (WR Regulation 12). These rugby goggles have undergone testing designed to ensure that they are as safe as possible for rugby use, including tests on:
Rugby goggles are not designed to provide extra protection for the wearer, but to allow corrective lenses to be worn without causing any greater risk of injury to any player.
In addition to the suitability of the rugby goggles for those requiring corrective lenses, they may also be used by people who suffer from chronic eye conditions (including monocular vision, restricted vision in one or both eyes and eye conditions putting players at greater risk of eye-damage). Whilst the goggles are not designed to provide extra protection, they may be worn for that purpose if the individual considers that it is beneficial to do so.
Please note that only goggles bearing the World Rugby safety “kitemark” may be used in any form of contact rugby.
To read WR Regulation 12 and to see pictures of the "kitemark" click here.
Scottish Rugby recommends that mouth guards are worn for any rugby activity (both training and matches). The use of mouthguards can help to protect the teeth and face. There is currently no conclusive evidence that mouth guards reduce the risk of concussion. We recommend that mouthguards are custom-fitted. There are alternatives available, such as boil in the bag or pre-moulded mouth guards, which generally provide a reduced level of fit and protection, so this should be a consideration when making a decision on which type to buy.
Dentists usually offer a custom-fit mouth guard provision and there are also a number of companies who provide this service. Individual clubs/schools should ensure that their players use a reputable dentist that provide an appropriate dental fitting service. Schools and clubs may choose to make the wearing of mouthguards by players compulsory. Where this is the case, they should have a clear policy around checking whether a player may participate if they don’t have one available. We recommend GRIT Mouthguards by Smile Plus Dental Care, the Official Dentist and Mouthguard Provider of Scottish Rugby. For more information, please visit http://gritmouthguards.co.uk.