Photo: World Rugby Museum
This Scrum cap has been in the Museum's collection for some time and probably came from storerooms here at Twickenham.
Scrum caps have been in use since at least the early 20th century and are designed of soft materials in order to protect players' ears, primarily in the scrum.
Wearing scrum caps can help to prevent players from developing cauliflower ears.
IRB regulations stipulate that scrum caps should be made of soft, thin materials. Hard materials and buckles are forbidden.
The scrum cap that we have chosen was made by Slazenger, and it's not clear exactly when it dates from but closest estimates have suggested any time between the 1920s and the 1960s. Certainly it does look similar to the scrum cap worn by William Wavell Wakefield in the 1920s. Other examples of protective equipment we have here in the museum include mouth guards, soft shin pads and football belts