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Great Gift Ideas for Rugby Players
Why rugby players need gifts
Rugby players love kit and equipment - and chances are the players that you know have shelves stocked with jerseys, shorts, socks and t-shirts, as well as bags stuffed with scrum caps, boots and other playing and training gear.
But rugby is a tough game - even the best kit never lasts forever. Styles change and teams update their kit, and new innovations that are making the game safer and provide higher performance, whether playing or training, are available all the time.
In this article we've collected some of the best gift options for the rugby players in your life. Lots of the options are for the women and men that you know who play the game (whether that's rugby league or rugby union, or other less well known codes such as touch rugby, sevens rugby, or any other code), but lots are suitable for fans and coaches too.
Take a look through the categories below and find the perfect gift for a rugby player that you know today!
Rugby Shirts and Jerseys
The obvious place to start is with actual rugby team shirts or jerseys. Find out who your rugby-playing friend or family member supports (if you don't know already) and get this season's jersey.
Rugby jerseys can be expensive however, so make sure you shop around and try retailers like Amazon to find cheaper options. In addition, you can usually find away jerseys, training kit or replica/supporters tops that are a lower price.
Try and make sure you're getting modern kit for players that will actually use them in training - this means figure-hugging, thinner material with short collars. You don't want people playing in old style cotton jerseys with baggy sleeves, huge collars and hard plastic buttons - the game has moved on!
Other Rugby Kit Options
If jerseys and shirts aren't suitable then there are plenty of other kinds of rugby kit that can make a grift gift for any player, for example:
- Shorts - obviously! Good rugby shorts are a favorite of any player who needs good kit regularly. Top brands include Canterbury, Adidas and Samurai. Be sure to find out the right size as there is nothing worse than a pair of rugby shorts that don't fit when you're packing down in the scrum or being lifted in the lineout. Well, there is one thing worse, and that's not having any shorts at all...
- Scrum caps and head guards - rugby is a dangerous game and protecting players' heads is important - so consider getting a scrum cap or head guard for the player who you are bying a gift for. Head protection options like these also help guard against aggrivating a temporary injury such as a stitched up scar or damaged ear - so even if the player that your gift is for doesn't usually wear a scrum cap, they might appreciate having one in their locker ready for any unfortunate injuries to the head.
- Mouth guards and gum shields - you also need to protect your teeth! A good gum shield helps guard against cracked and broken teeth during impacts, and ensures that jagged teeth don't cut into gums or cheeks. Gum protection also helps minimise any gradual wearing down of teeth due to grinding during exertion and exercise while playing.
- Training gear - every player needs plenty of gear for rugby training - even wingers! So consider buying your rugby-playing friend some new clothes for training. This could be spare shorts, plain technical jerseys, high performance under layers for the upper and lower body (in particular brands such as Skins make good technical full length leggings for cold weather training), along with track suits, coats and even hats and gloves. Sticking to the better brands will help ensure that your gift is really useful for its new owner (though there are good bargains to be had for less technical clothing that works well).
In rugby international competitions are a huge part of the game. A player's country is a big part of their love of the game, and the heroes they watch wearing the jersey of their nation are often part of what inspires many players to get into the sport in the first place.
So when trying to decide on the perfect gift for a rugby player a great place to start is to look at what is available with their country brand. And it doesn't just have to be a jersey, most countries will provide a wide range of rugby kit, supporting kit such as t-shirts, hats or scarves, and there will also be DVDs, books, collectible items, and more.
One thing to be careful of however is to make sure that you are buying gifts that relate to the country that the recipient actually does support. People do not always support the international team of the country in which they live. For example, the All Blacks are probably one of the best supported international rugby teams in the world, but New Zealand only has a population of about four and a half million people! Just make sure that you're getting an international gift that the player actually wants.
Different countries also have different traditions which might inspire a really good gift idea. We've already mentioned the All Blacks, and they along with the Pacific island teams have a unique pre-match tradition known as the haka-a tribal war dance that really gets the blood pumping. In Wales a company known as Groggs makes unique models of famous players, obviously with a lot of buyers towards Welsh players, I could make excellent gifts for Wales fans.
Think about what makes each country in rugby unique and you can quickly come up with a number of ideas for different gifts.
DVDs, Books and Other Gifts
- DVDs - DVDs are a great gift choice for rugby players. Whether they want to watch old matches, learn more about the game itself, take time out to view one of the many great compilation movies featuring clips and interviews with the games greatest players, or follow a particular series or competition, there will be a DVD out there to suit them. Check websites like Amazon for the latest DVD offers and try and match your searching to the player who you will buy a gift for. One great series that always delivers is the DVDs showing behind the scenes footage of the British and Irish Lions tours in the Southern Hemisphere. In recent years these have been some of the most entertaining, cinematic, and downright hilarious pieces of footage you will find about rugby anywhere.
- Books - while there are plenty of DVD options for any rugby player or fan, there are even more books available on all aspects of the great game. Biographies, training manuals, photo journals and books, and more, they are all available for the discerning rugby fan. Again, think back on what teams the rugby fan for whom you are buying a gift supports, remember that the international game in rugby is huge, people love to support their country in all types of competitions, not just World Cups, and there are often great books written about international sides all around the world.
- Audiobooks - these days more and more text books being made into audiobooks. Amazon has a great program for selling such books, making them available to buyers all over the world. In addition your local bookshop probably has a section on audio books, or books on tape, and you might be able to find some great options for a rugby player here.
Another great gift idea for rugby players are tickets to see their favourite club or their country live. It can be tricky to decide what games the person for whom you are buying the gift will be available, and indeed interested in, so perhaps look into buying a gift certificate or simply promising to pay for tickets to whatever game they choose.
In particular look out for opportunities to see matches they wouldn't otherwise attend. Chances are the player is busy on Saturday afternoon as that is when the majority of games are played, although of course many games in younger leagues are playing on Sundays. But there might be Friday night games, midweek games in various competitions and cups, or games later on Saturday nights that players will be able to attend.
Touring teams also make great gift opportunities because they are rare occasions, so look out for opportunities to buy tickets for clubs that don't play regularly in the country or for one of team such as the Barbarians.
Live rugby games, especially at international level, can be some of the most dramatic spectacles in sport, for example: