What is the history of scrum caps? When were scrum caps introduced? Who wore a scrum cap first?
In this blog post we reveal all.
A scrum cap was originally designed for forwards for protection against cauliflower ears, particularly for those scrummaging forwards. Hence the name.
The first scrum cap design consisted of a headband that was padded in the ear areas adjoined to a chin strap that extended over the top of the head. Remarkably, the scalp part of the head was left open and exposed. You might say this design makes the top of the head looked somewhat like a hot-cross bun.
The scrum cap was invented by Eurig Evans and was first worn by Christ's College Finchley's 1st XV. The exact date is not know at the time of writing this post. Although the game of rugby was invented in 1823 by William Webb Ellis, the earliest image we found of a scrum cap was in the 1890’s from this famous image from the very first French championship deciding game between Racing 92 and Stade Francais.
1906 - The first scrum caps worn in an international rugby match?
Early representations of a scrum cap can be seen by a player in the 1906 touring Springboks in a fixture vs Wales.
1920 - Kings College London
Another early representation of an early scrum cap can be seen in the Kings College London 1920’s rugby team. The hot-cross bun similarities are more visible on that design.
1950 - Che Guevara
One of more the most famous wearers in the history of scrum caps is Che Guevara, the Argentinean-born, Cuban revolutionary leader who became an iconic leader of guerrilla warfare. Guevara can be seen wearing a scrum cap in the 1950’s with slightly more padding on the scalp area than the original mentioned earlier.
Latest scrum caps
The latest scrum caps are worn by player of all positions, even those who don’t play in the scrum. Don’t believe us? Why not check out our World XV famous players wearing scrum caps. Firepower Sport scrum caps, like many others, offer far greater protection, not only for the ears but the entire head and scalp. But let’s not forget that the purpose of a scrum cap is to prevent cuts and abrasions. There is no medical evidence to suggest wearing a scrum cap prevents concussion.
Players wearing a scrum cap can take advantage of useful features such as ventilation to prevent your head from overheating. A study published in BMJ stated that 10% of heat loss occurs through the head!
Also, anti-odour agents have been added to a Firepower Sport scrum cap to prevent those nasty smells festering throughout the season.
Adding your Personal iD is a feature that Firepower Sport can offer so you can leave your mark on the game.
Finally, and very importantly the World Rugby Regulation 12 Provisions relating to Players Dress states that must be approved for safety reasons. Don’t worry the easiest way to check is to look inside your scrum cap for the official World Rugby Approved label.
As you can see the latest rugby scrum cap has come a long, long way from those worn in the early 1900’s!