Conventionally the rugby boots were made of high cut above the ankle region. Such boots, over the years, have less common, though many rugby players still wear mid cut boots, just below the ankle region. Additional support for ankle was also viewed as appropriate given the nature of game, particularly the pressure of forward play, and amount of physical contact involved. High cut boots also provide some help against knocks.
Modern shoes are similar to the boots used in the game of football, with low cut offering minimal support for ankle but maximum flexibility with minimum weight. It is crucial for the purpose of safety reasons, especially in the scrum, that forwards wear boots with studs. The studs may made of metal aluminium or plastic and must also be in accordance to Regulation 12 of the IRB, which dictates the permissible dimension and also the standard of hardness of material. Backs are advised on most ground types to wear boots with some form of stud, to make sure enough grip when changing the direction.
Before the start of play, referees check the studs of all players and ensure that they conform to the laws of the game and do not have any sharp edges. Any studs that are worn down and making the steel fixing visible must be changed before the player is allowed to play in the game. The studs are not allowed in the toe region of the boot, as the front teeth can cause much damage to another player in case tackled incorrectly. Similarly any sharp edges must be removed before the player is allowed to join the team in the field. The whole intension is to remove all potential chances of injury that may be caused by stud if it comes into contact with skin of player's.
Mainly there are actually 2 types of stud patterns that are available: the 8 stud or the 6 stud. The tight forwards often wear the 8 stud to get the extra grip for mauling and scrummaging. Whereas the 6 stud is worn by backs as it allows for more agility and quicker movement around the field. Plastic "blade" studs, common in football, are an increasingly frequent choice among backs.
Tackle bags are useful during the warm up and training procedure in the rugby games. These bags are properly padded that allows players to tackle with other players. The tackle bags actually come with two forms; the rucking shield and the tackle bag! The rucking shield is held by a fellow players or coach and also allows tacklers to hit the holders of shield without any trouble and also tackle bag stands on the ground held loosely by other people. This bag allows the tackler to practise full tackle.
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