Hello all, I am new to this forum, but there is something that is bugging me. Maybe this is the place to get an honest answer. I have 2 children who both play Rugby (union) in New Zealand. One girl who is 10 years old and one boy who is 12 years old. Both play as a back and both wear the "Force XV Tribal rugby body protection" and when it is a wet day they both wear gloves. For the girl this is no problem. More kids of her team wear protection. My boy however is getting told off and is called a "Woosh" even by his coach of wearing protection. Yesterday at training it was raining, the ball was wet and he wanted to wear his gloves for better grip. His coach told him that he was a "woosh" already for wearing body protection, but if it finally would make him a better player he should get his gloves as well. I am not a overprotective mum and I have called my son a "woosh" on occasion and I understand that you should not pamper a child. Telling someone off for wearing protection is however in my opinion totally uncalled for. Does protective gear make you a lesser player, less tough and god forbid a lesser male or does it make you smart enough to realise that you feel more confident with that gear and there for try that one impossible tackle anyway? And even if you feel that it is not neccesary to wear protection does that give you the right to scorn others who do? I even saw bull riders wearing a helmet and that did not dimish my respect for the guy who is nuts enough to ride that bull,in my eyes it only made him smarter . After all if there isn't a demand for the protective gear, why is it on sale? Thank you for reading this and I will get of my high horse now. M.C.I.