Extract from RFU website:
'The RFU strongly recommend that mouthguards are worn for any contact rugby sessions - it is also recommended that such mouthguards should be custom fitted.
There are cheaper alternatives available such as "boil in the bag" or pre-moulded mouthguards but the reduced level of fit and protection offered should be considered when making a decision.
Mouthguards are compulsory for all school players involved in rugby activities above school level (County, Division and England Representative Squads).'
The simple mouthguards mentioned above are available from sport shops. They are moulded to your child's mouth by placing them in hot water before fitting around the teeth.
Alternatively, your regular dentist may be able to construct a custom made mouthguard by taking impressions of your child's teeth (gloopy stuff in a tray). The guard usually takes a week or two and is then fitted at a second appointment. These mouthguards are available in a choice of colour, tend to be more comfortable to wear and offer better protection against trauma to the mouth and teeth. Mouthguards are not available on the NHS but your dentist should be able to let you know the cost.
If you are looking at getting a custom made mouth guards you might want to contact:
www.eachwaydentalpractice.co.uk, Rubery, B45 9DQ tel - 0121 453 2793
TheDentistatLibertyPlace.com based on Sheepcote St can make a custom mouthguard for your child at a cost of £48.48 with appointments available Mon-Sat 8am-6pm. The practice can be contacted on 0121 633 9535 quoting Bournville Mouthguards.
Please can you ensure that your under 9 player has a suitable mouthguard as soon as possible and before we play any matches, which will be in October (dates to be confirmed).