Rugby embraces eyewear as design makes World Cup debut

Published 01 October 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, tech, eyewear, rugby, new zealand

New Zealand’s loose forward Ardie Savea will take to the field in the Rugby Union World Cup wearing a pair of specially designed goggles, making him the first to do so in the international tournament’s history.

The player discovered several years ago that the vision in his left eye was deteriorating, and decided to wear the goggles to protect his vision - potentially saving him from losing his sight in the eye altogether.

Until now the use of goggles was forbidden in contact rugby games, although in an effort to allow people who need to wear corrective lenses to do so safely while playing, the International Rugby Board commissioned Italian eyewear designers Raleri to develop specific ‘Rugby Goggles’.

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