Irish Rugby announce shorts switch

Irish Rugby announce shorts switch Irish Rugby announce shorts switch
Neasa Kennedy

The Irish women's rugby team have historically worn white shorts and green jerseys similar to that of the male players.

In a welcome announcement, the IRFU have announced plans to switch out the white shorts for a navy blue shade in aims to ease player anxieties when playing while on their period.

Gillian McDarby, Head of Women's Performance and Pathways with the IRFU spoke to The Independent about the update, saying: "This is something that does impact us and that could be game-changing in terms of us not worrying about it. If it makes them feel that it’s not going to impact their performance but it’s actually going to add to it, well that’s a win-win for everybody."

The news comes after several teams last year announced their move away from white kits so players are comfortable during their games.

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In September the West Bromwich Albion Women changed their home kit shorts from white to navy blue following concerns from players.

Head coach, Jenny Sugarman, expressed how well the change will impact the culture of women’s sports. The club supported the decision, which helps the staff support the athletes in every way they can

"It’s another sign of the continued integration of the women’s team across the club and recognition of a progressive and inclusive culture.”

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These changes are so easily implemented, and they can make a huge difference to female players mindset before a game.

Here's to more teams listening to their players and implementing these changes and creating an inclusive and progressive culture!

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