Ireland ditch white shorts due to period anxiety

Ireland’s women’s rugby union team will swap out its traditional white shorts for navy blue shorts after players expressed concerns about their periods, the country’s rugby union (IRFU) announced on Tuesday.

The team will wear the navy blue shorts for the first time when they play Wales in the inaugural Women’s Six Nations tournament on March 25.

Ireland international Enya Breen said the move will help women at all levels of rugby feel “more comfortable on the pitch”.

“The best way to maximize performance on the field is to remove all unnecessary distractions,” Brin said.

“Wearing navy shorts instead of white is such a small thing, but it’s a big step for us.”

Last year, the women of West Bromwich Albion changed their white shorts from their home jersey to navy blue ones due to concerns about players’ comfort during their periods.

The issue of female athletes wearing white was also brought up at last year’s Wimbledon Championships, when female players spoke of their anxiety about being forced to wear white.


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