Players will be able wear tights or leggings in matches at all levels of the sport after the World Rugby Executive Committee approved an amendment to the laws of the game.
Currently only permissible for women, Law Four will be extended to all participants with immediate effect, enabling the wearing of conforming tights or leggings on the grounds of player welfare and accessibility.
World Rugby said the ruling was changed to reflect the growing worldwide use of artificial surfaces at both elite and community levels.
“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,” said a statement.
World Rugby is also to work with unions and artificial turf providers to ensure the risk of abrasions are minimised, particularly by brushing and watering in hot conditions.
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