A MANUFACTURER of protective clothing for horse riders has launched a range of safety gear for rugby players.

With 20-years' experience in the equestrian arena, Airowear, in Corbridge, Northumberland, has launched garments, which have been approved by the International Rugby Board.

The shoulder vests and head gear are made with coolmax lycra and come in made-to-measure sizes.

Airowear Rugby managing director Mark Kirkup said: "Just like riding, rugby is a physically demanding sport at all levels so it is vital to ensure players are protected from injury as much as possible."

For details, call (01434) 632816 or visit www.airowearrugby.co