Rugby League shirts may not be as readily available as football shirts or even Rugby Union shirts, but there are many choices if you take the time to search the market. This article will give details on the best places for you to purchase UK Rugby League tops as well as Rugby League shirts from international sides and top club sides from around the world.
Club websites/ club shops
All professional Rugby League clubs will have their own online stores which can be found by using search engines. You can also opt for club shops where official rugby shirts as well as an array of other official rugby gears are available. These stores are normally found at the Rugby Clubs ground. They sell their merchandise at top retail prices, but of course, all the money goes directly to the club. Furthermore, the shirts are guaranteed to be official.
Official England International Rugby league shirts as well as England Rugby League Lions can be found online at Rugbyleagueonline.co.uk.
Lovell Rugby is an online sports store which sells official Rugby jerseys for all Super League teams and International Rugby League teams and club apart from Australia and New Zealand.
Lovell Sports does tend to sell its shirts at top retail price, implying that it is not a cheap option. However, its collection of shirts is vast, but it does not stock other Rugby League equipment. It also delivers straight to your door and it is a well-known and reliable outlet.
JJB online and in store
JJB stocks a good number of Rugby League shirts in its retail shops as well as in its online store. Like the other stores, it tends to sell club home shirts at top retail prices. However, discounted prices are also offered on some away shirts as well as on junior shirts.
Other available things
Unlike Lovell Rugby, JJB does not just sell shirts, but it also sells full kits. Shorts and socks are available for all Super League sides. JJB stores are very popular and can be found in most High Street's stores, while its online store is as reliable as Lovell Sports. JJB is a well-known and well-established brand.
Ice hockey is a full contact sport and so a lot of equipment is worn by the players for protection. As well as the equipment worn by the players, standard equipment is required in order to play the game.
Standard player equipment
All Ice Hockey players are required to wear ice skates, hockey pads, hockey helmets, hockey gloves, a neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, padded hockey shorts and shin guards. All of this equipment is necessary to insure the players' safety on the ice. Players may also wear a mouth guard although the helmet provides plenty of protection.
A hockey stick
On top of this a player also has a hockey stick usually made up of either wood or composite materials. A lot of players wear a jock strap which protects the genital area as well as keeping it comfortable when playing.
Each team's goalkeeper requires added protection as he may take a hockey puck at him at high speed which would cause serious injury without. Goalkeepers wear all of the equipment listed above but on a grander scale. They have thicker blades on their skates, a larger hockey stick, a specialised goalie mask to protect the face, chest and arm protectors, heavily padded trousers and leg pads as well as a catch glove in order to gain an advantage when it comes to saving shots.
Goalie's facemasks are a big trademark of ice hockey. Some players wear a full face mask whilst others opt for a device called a face cage. In the NHL, it is now mandatory that all goalkeepers must also wear a throat protector in order to protect them from pucks and skate blades.
Ice hockey is played on an ice rink and in order to play, it requires two ice hockey goals towards either end of the ice rink as well as hockey pucks. Pucks are made out of a hard disk of vulcanised rubber and are frozen before a game in order to reduce bounce during play.
Around each ice rink in the professional game are boards and large, reinforced visors that help keep the puck in play.