While there are a lot of standards when it comes to sports equipment, especially in the professional sports, including rugby, teams and players still find ways to use the equipment to gain an advantage in the game.

Non-professional players and fans of rugby can use these in two ways. First, if you play yourself, you can experiment with the different types of equipment, including jerseys with long sleeves and short sleeves, shorts with a tight feel or a standard or relaxed feel, footwear and so on. Second, if you like to bet on rugby, you can start paying attention to what the teams are doing. Just like in other sports, some teams figure out ways to use gear to their advantage. If you can at least notice these teams, this can give you an advantage in your betting, too.

Out of all equipment that rugby players use, footwear is probably the most important one. Even if you don’t play any sports, you do wear shoes and you know what a difference a good-fitting pair of shoes can make in how much you can walk and how you feel. In rugby, this experience is intensified because players have to move a lot while wearing these shoes. A fit and skilled athlete can begin underperforming because of the discomfort caused by a pair of shoes that don’t fit well. If the feet are not happy, it is likely that the player will not be happy either.

Rugby boots, or cleats, are similar to other fields cleats, such as soccer and American football cleats. The difference is that the studs need to be of a circular shape to meet the regulations of IRB, which is short for the International Rugby Board, an organisation that sets regulations for rugby games. IRB headquarters are located in Dublin, Ireland.