These are the essentials in every rugger player's bag in order to train and play safely and comfortably.
A pair of rugby boots: (from £20 and up, but you might get them cheaper in the sales season). It's normally a good idea to ask the sales person which ones are legal (football boots are not as they have toe studs). In general, rugby boots have larger and rounder aluminium studs compared to football boots.
Gumshield: (from £2 and up). Buy one, drop it in a mug of boiling water for a few minutes and stick it into your mouth to mold it. Done!
Navy shorts: (from £5 and up). Get a pair of rugby shorts and they'll last through pretty much anything. Kooga, Canterbury, etc. have good ones.
Red socks: (2 pairs for £2-3) Since the KCL colours are navy and red, you'll need red socks to complete the look. You can buy red, knee-high football socks for very cheap in most sports shops.
You can get these online, but Sports Direct and Lillywhites are also good places to go.
We will order stash (branded hoodies, polo shirts, jackets, etc.) in mid/late October, where you can buy as much as you like. Ask Louise for more details !
POSITIONS AND RULES
In rugby union, there are 15 players on the pitch per team. The 1-8 are called the 'forwards' and are generally bigger and stronger than numbers 9-15 which are the 'backs'. The forwards are the main tacklers and make up the scrum, while the backs are quick and ball-carriers.
Each position has its own role in the game, which you can read more about here.
The rules of rugby can be quite complex at times, but it's a game that's easier played than read. The following link may shed some light on the rules (or just make it more confusing), but we will have a theory session to go through them, so don't panic!
Rules of rugby union
You can also check out some of the international matches on YouTube to watch rugby when it's best.