If you’re about to start training for the first time, or you’re a professional footballer preparing for a tough clash, the importance of an established footy kit is paramount. Knowing the right bag to buy and what to put in there can be the difference between being fully prepared or turning up to training without your mouthguard.
The importance of being unique
Every player will have a different footy kit. Not just in terms of the bag, but also what goes in there. If you’re in the front five of the scrum, you’ll want Soft Ground boots for extra traction and headgear to prevent the dreaded cauliflower ear, front and centre in your bag. While wingers may want to opt for compression wear to keep them warm when they are standing at the back waiting to get called into the action.
The important thing to remember is that every player will prioritise different items in their kit bag- it just depends on their needs and personality. For example, a forgetful type would want their mouthguard at the top of the bag to save from running onto the field without the valuable protection.
Choosing a bag
In a game where teammates are expected to wear the same uniform, little things like kit bags can be small ways to inject some of your own personality and taste into the game. With these things in mind, you’re also going to want a good kit bag that makes transportation easy.
Enter a solid rugby bag. A spacious bag will allow you to fit all the essentials in, with room leftover for energy snacks and runners. Considering the amount of gear that will be going into the bag, look for a bag with sturdy straps, plenty of room and outer pockets for your phone and wallet.
Must haves for training
If you know that you are having non-contact training sessions you can either show up with normal outdoor clothes or rugby specific clothes. Be mindful though, that rugby clothes are designed to be more durable to physical stress.
Rugby shorts for example are designed with a contact element in mind. They also differ from other shorts because they’re generally a lot shorter and fit to the thigh so that opponents can’t grab you by the shorts to execute a tackle.
Even for training it is a good idea to come prepared with rugby socks. Designed to be worn pulled up just below the knees, the socks can keep your calves warm and protect the lower legs from scrapes and cuts, keeping your body in good nick for game day.
Whether you choose to go with rugby specific training gear or not, it is always a good idea to wear a thin base layer underneath your clothes to conserve warmth in the winter months and cut down the effects of chafing in the summer months.
When you’re not on the field, a good habit to get into is wearing an outer layer garment. Most of them are waterproof so they can keep you dry in intense conditions, or they can keep you warm after a rigorous training session.
Another good habit to start is bringing your own kicking tee and ball pump to training, it never hurts to be prepared!
Be ready for game-day
In order to run out there on game day feeling invincible, there are a couple of game day must haves.
Firstly, a mouthguard. Also known as a gum shield, mouth guards are an essential item that should always be in your kit bag. Mouth guards not only protect teeth, they also help to prevent concussion, as in a high impact situation the jaw may slam into the upper teeth. Mouthguard technology has evolved, with some even designed to have pads built in between the molars for even more protection.
Secondly, having the right footy boots is essential. The right kind of boots are important for protecting the feet as well as having a good grip on the field. Choose Firm Ground boots for harder and artificial surfaces. Or, for players in the front five of the scrum, opt for Soft Ground boots for extra traction.
Having the right footwear and proper fitting mouthguards are ways to remain safe on the field but if you want to go that further step, wearing headgear also offers a lot of protection. World Rugby laws allow for 10mm of padding protection on headgear which protects players from all sorts of things like cauliflower ears and getting their heads knocked around come scrum time.
Looking to put together your dream kit bag full of your favourite footy essentials? Canterbury have a range of quality footy gear perfect for training sessions and game-day.