When watching rugby on TV you might have noticed how some players apply two layers of tape around their ears, or how in a line-out the jumper had bandage around his thighs to assist with lifting. You might be keen to use these techniques when playing with your own team, but in order to do so you will need to know which tapes to use and how to apply them.
At TapeUp we think that you should have access to exactly the same products as the elite teams are using, below you will find information about all of the tapes commonly seen on the rugby pitch.
Elastic Adhesive Bandage
Elastic Adhesive Bandage is also commonly referred to as EAB. It is made from a heavyweight material, with little stretch similar to heavyweight plasters. The adhesive is hypo-allergenic and quite strong. EAB can be used over the top of lifting blocks for rugby.
In rugby sock tape is predominantly used to tape over the top of EAB on the thighs and ears to hold the tape in place. It can also be used in its more traditional form to hold players socks up.
Rugby Lifting Blocks
The Rugby Lifting Block provides an effective and safe way to lift and support a jumper at lineouts and at kick-off. They fit under leg taping to provide extra grip for the supporters lifting the player which, not only improves the safety of the lift, allows the jumper to be lifted higher and faster with more hang-time.
Tear Lite EAB
Tear Lite Elastic Adhesive Bandage can be ripped on application. It behaves very similarly to standard EAB in the way it stretches, but it uses less material with a more open weave, making it easier to tear.
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Mueller M Tape Platinum Zinc Oxide Tape£1.70–£2.60 Select options
SpiderTech Kinesiology Tape 5cm x 5m£10.80 Select options
Rugby Lifting Kit Refill Pack£6.70 Add to basket
Zinc Oxide Sports Tape£1.09–£3.10 Select options
Strappit Zinc Oxide Tape£4.70 Select options
Premium Tan Zinc Oxide Tape£3.12–£5.76 Select options
Flesh Coloured Finger Tape 2.5cm x 4.5m£1.00 Add to basket
Victor K Tape
Strappal Zinc Oxide Tape£2.40–£5.88 Select options
Steroplast Twin Pack Sports Taping KitRead more