- 1. Definitions
- 2. Compliance with Regulations
- 3. Domestic Regulations
- 4. Player status, contracts and movement
- 5. Agents
- 6. Anti-corruption and Betting
- 7. Appearances, communications, advertising and sponsorship
- 8. Eligibility to play for national representative teams
- 9. Availability of Players
- 10. Medical
- 11. Advertising within the playing enclosure
- 12. Provisions relating to players’ dress
- 13. Broadcasting rights
- 14. Ownership of clubs
- 15. International matches
- 16. Organisation of international matches, tournaments and tours
- 17. Discipline - foul play
- 18. Misconduct and Code of Conduct
- 19. Breach of the bye-laws or regulations
- 20. Disciplinary and judicial matters
- 21. Anti-doping
- 22. Standard relating to the use of rugby turf
- 23. Insurance
- 24. Matters not provided for
REGULATION 12. PROVISIONS RELATING TO PLAYERS’ DRESS
For all matches, Unions, Associations, Rugby Bodies, Clubs, Players and Persons must ensure that the provisions relating to Players’ dress, set out in this Regulation, and the specifications set out in the associated performance specifications, are complied with in full. The Council may, from time to time, supplement, amend and/or modify, in whole or in part, the provisions relating to Players’ dress set out in this Regulation and/or the associated performance specifications.
1. Additional items of clothing
(a) Shin Guards
A player may wear shin guards worn under the socks with padding incorporated in non-rigid fabric with no part of the padding thicker than 5mm when compressed.
(b) Fingerless Mitts
Coverage of the fingers and thumbs be permitted to the outer joint but no further. The mitt zone of coverage should not continue beyond the wrist.
The body of the mitt should be of a stretch type material with the grip material being made of a soft rubber/synthetic compound not exceeding a depth of 1mm.
No part of a mitt should contain buttons or potentially dangerous items.
(c) Shoulder Pads
A player may wear shoulder padding which complies with the requirements as set out in the World Rugby Body Padding Performance Specification, a copy of which can be found here.
A player may wear headgear which complies with the requirements as set out in the World Rugby Headgear Performance Specification, a copy of which can be found here.
(e) Player Monitoring Devices
A player may wear a player monitoring device which complies with the requirements as set out in the World Rugby Player Monitoring Device Performance Specification, a copy of which can be found here.
A player may wear goggles which comply with the requirements set out in the World Rugby Goggles Performance Specification, a copy of which can be found here.
2. Special additional items for women
Besides the previous items, women may wear breast pads which comply with the requirements as set out in the World Rugby Body Padding Performance Specification, a copy of which can be found
A player may wear studs which comply with the requirements as set out in the World Rugby Stud & Outsole Performance Specification, a copy of which can be found here.
4. Banned items of clothing
Other than the items of clothing set out at 1(a)-(f), 2 and 3 above, a player must not wear any item of which any part is thicker than 5mm when uncompressed or is denser than 60 kilograms per cubic metre unless specified within this Regulation 12/Law 4. Where this overall thickness consists of padded material covered by fabric, 5mm is the maximum measured thickness for the combination of the uncompressed padding and the fabric. The fabric can contribute up to a maximum measured thickness of 1mm on each side of the padding.
This standard concerns manufacturers and testers of Rugby players’ clothing and should be read in conjunction with the current version of the World Rugby’s LAW 4 concerning players’ dress and Regulation 12. Particular attention is drawn to Regulation 12, Clause 4 above.
Below are the three World Rugby Approved Clothing labels. All are valid (in both monochrome and colour variations) and on display on the Player Welfare website.