Coles to play with rib protector?
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captain Dane Coles is making a desperate bid to play in Saturday's
semi-final against the Chiefs, according to New Zealand media reports.
Fairfax Media reports that the All Blacks hooker is understood to be testing rib protectors to use in the crucial playoff.
Coles was forced off the field after injuring rib cartilage in the
Hurricanes, 41-0 quarter-final victory over the Sharks in Wellington
There are a limited amount of rib protection garments available for
rugby players online, although it is unknown whether they would be
effective in numbing the impact of any collisions.
Players generally use tape to tighten the rib cage and prevent pain
in that region. There are also several padded products used by American
Football for rib protection but they would be illegal in rugby.
World Rugby's regulation 12 has strict rules relating to player dress
code. This states that padding can be no thicker than 0.5cm when