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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:24 am 
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They get a photo card to use to pay for lunches, or they buy something in Sainsburys before school. My son is in year 9 and has never had Rugby boots, he has always played in his football boots. They have two PE kits, one is for games/outdoor PE and the other is for indoor PE, both kits will be used all year round. You don't need to buy LSS shorts or socks I have always got cheap ones from Sports Direct. You don't need astro boots unless your son plays hockey in which case he will probably have hockey boots anyway. I bought my son the LSS branded hoodie which he has worn to death, it was expensive but worth it I bought one that was a bit big for him in year 7 and he still wears it now. Don't buy tracksuit trousers as none of the boys wear them.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:12 pm 
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Another confused parent to a newbie here!

On the Web Ellis leaflet given at the parents evening it lists two headguards. A Canterbury one and a Gilbert one, are these necessary? Do we need to get both?

I wish they would just sent an itemised list of everything that is needed.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:40 pm 
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I would assume this is just to show you different styles/fits - as they do fit differently. There are differing opnions on head guards - the RFU feels they are useful but the World Rugby Union feels they give a false sense of security with regards to concussion and therefore can be more dangerous. And by "feel" I mean have copious research supporting their viewpoints - so it comes down to you, usually. They do block hearing a bit and both my sons have opted not to play with them as they overheat with them on. It does also depend where your son plays - moreoften than not the front row/scrum will have them to help prevent cauliflower ears, whreas backs are less likely to wear them.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:56 pm 
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Thanks for all the info guys! This is really helpful - so helpful in fact, that I did a bit of a search to try and find a parents' facebook group (for asking just these sorts of questions once they've started), and can't find anything at all. Does anyone know if there are any social media groups for parents of boys at LSS? I rely so much on our current one, as do many others!

I hadn't considered the hoodie, thank you :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:11 pm 
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I bought a headguard for rugby and my son has never worn it


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:58 am 
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I believe from some medical groups I'm on where some of them play a lot of rugby, there's very little evidence of the head guards protecting against serious head injury. But they're good for cauliflower ears and minor head injuries (bruises and cuts etc).
My son plays on the team but doesn't have a fixed position. He wears his head guard if he's in the front row of the scrum (he has quite protruding ears) but not otherwise, unless it's absolutely freezing and he wants another item of clothing on!


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