Play rugby with goggles!
Cape Town - Short-sighted rugby players will be given the opportunity to wear goggles during games.
This comes after the International Rugby Board (IRB) gave its approval for a global trial regarding the wearing of Rugby Goggles.
The trial covers all levels of rugby, with the goggles meant to help those with monocular vision or chronic eye conditions.
"Rugby is a game for all and the IRB recognises that not everyone who needs corrective glasses can wear contact lenses, particularly children," the IRB's Head of Technical Services Steve Griffiths said in a press statement
"So we have been collaborating with a leading manufacturer to design and rigorously test a pair of goggles that will be safe and effective in a rugby environment.
"We believe we have done that now and this trial is good news for anyone with eyesight issues who wishes to play the game."
Only goggles that have the IRB trial-approved logo on can be worn, with referees required to make the necessary checks.
"Features of the approved Rugby Goggles include high-speed impact resistance, anti-abrasion surfaces, anti-fogging, UV protection and a specially designed strap with no clips, buckles or sharp edges," said Griffiths.
"If the trial is to be instructive, we will require feedback from all participants who will be requested to provide feedback during and at the end of the trial."Rugby Goggles