Rugby Shin Guards

Puma V5 08 Shin Pad - Dark Shadow/Barely Blue/Ocean Dep Puma V5 08 Shin Pad - Dark Shadow/Barely Blue/Ocean Dep
Cost: £5.00
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adidas adiPure Chrome Shin Pads - Blue/Black. adidas adiPure Chrome Shin Pads - Blue/Black.
Cost: £12.99
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adidas Predator Lite Shin Pads - White/Black. adidas Predator Lite Shin Pads - White/Black.
Cost: £6.49
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adidas Predator Replique Shin Pads - Chrome/Black/Red. adidas Predator Replique Shin Pads - Chrome/Black/Red.
Cost: £9.99
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Optimum Matrix Shin Guards Optimum Matrix Shin Guards
Cost: £17.63
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Shin guards have been around the game for as long as they have been available for football players. They are made in the same fashion and serve the same purpose. Although a few backs wear them they are predominantly worn by the front row who are exposed to the studs of the opposing hooker when he strikes for the ball and somethimes their own hooker when he sweeps his foot around to gather the ball in the scrum.

First Shin Pads

The original shin guards were to protect against hacking which supposedly was one of the reasons football and rugby split. The players put a resin based product around the top of their boots and this evolved into a padding quite often newspaper which was put into the socks. The modern shin pads are made of moulded plastics with shock absorbing characteristics and undoubtedly offer much better protection than the old days.