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Portable posts for blind rugby international

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Tags: vision impaired rugby portable posts

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The world’s first blind rugby international was played at QBE Stadium in Auckland last week, featuring another world-first – portable full-size rugby posts.

Played between the Blind Lions and New Zealand Blind Rugby in the leadup to the British and Irish Lions tour finale at Eden Park, the match finished as a whitewash for the Lions.

Inflatable ‘Rugby Packaposts’ meet World Rugby size guidelines, and were produced by New Zealand sporting products supplier Packaworld International to overcome challenges posed by conventional rugby posts, which are usually made of wood, steel or aluminium.

Blind rugby has been developed by UK organisation The Change Foundation to make rugby more accessible to people with vision impairments. It is based on touch rugby, but includes scrums, lineouts and conversion kicks, and is played on a smaller field.