New Law Amendment: Leggings to be allowed for male players

A new law amendment from World Rugby, effective from 12 Oct 2021, means that all players now have the option of wearing tights/leggings on any playing surface.

The World Rugby Executive Committee has approved an amendment to the laws of the game and Law 4 will now be extended. Currently permissible for women, Law 4 – covering player’s clothing – will now be extended to all participants with immediate effect, enabling the wearing of tights or leggings that are a cotton blend with a single inside leg seam.

The announcement has been made on welfare and accessibility grounds and reflects the growing worldwide use of World Rugby Regulation 22 compliant artificial surfaces at both the elite and community levels, which have played a role in increased rugby accessibility and participation. 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.

The wording does not restrict leggings to any particular surface, so leggings may be worn in any match, on any surface.

New law wording.
Law 4: Players clothing.
Section 3: Additional clothing list – new section K added:

4.3 Additional items are permitted. These are….:
k) Cotton blend long tights or leggings, with single inside leg seam under their shorts and socks.

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