Getting the right pair of rugby boots for the new season can be tricky with so many different options available to players new and experienced.
In the first of two posts, we’re making the process easier by highlighting 5 pairs of boots we love, currently available at rugbystore.co.uk.
First up: the backs!
Consistently the choice of playmakers around the world, expect these boots to feature prominently at this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.
A synthetic vamp and forefoot rubber pads ensure that you have more control over the ball, helping you kick further with more accuracy.
If you’re searching for the best of the best, look no further. Too much colour? Check out the new All Blacks range of adidas boots.
IN A WORD: ACCURATE
PERFECT FOR: TARGET-HITTING KICKERS
Fast players like to stand out on the pitch. With the new Canterbury Speed 2.0 all your opposite player will see is a flash of bright white as you race past.
The updated speedplate base delivers excellent power conversion with every step while the lightweight suede upper keeps your foot locked in place.
Not only do these Canterbury boots perform, but at £59.99 they are the cheapest on our list. We also stock the firm ground version of these boots.
IN A WORD: NIMBLE
PERFECT FOR: PACY WINGERS
Strong and adaptable. While being included on our list of boots for backs, these Gilbert boots are just as popular with mobile, explosive loose forwards.
A rigid HYB outsole and pro touch rib enhance acceleration and aid control, allowing you to run hard lines and break through the defence.
The perfect pair for versatile backs, these Gilbert boots also feature a surprisingly lightweight knitspeed upper meaning they stay as light as other backs boots while offering more support.
IN A WORD: POWERFUL
PERFECT FOR: HARD-HITTING CENTRES
Consistently popular with top players, Nike boots offer reliable quality. With the Legend range, you can enjoy a sleek-looking pair of boots without splashing out too much.
A great detail with these boots is the anti-clog technology that is designed to stop the buildup of mud on soft ground, meaning you don’t lose traction on soft surfaces.
Nike’s football background ensures these boots are great for kickers but with a strong construction, will likely be popular among backs in all positions. A top mid-range boot that will deliver week after week.
IN A WORD: AFFORDABLE
PERFECT FOR: NEWER PLAYERS
Truthfully, these boots could have featured on either our backs or forwards list as adidas have designed a product truly suitable for most players on the field.
Taking the shape of a backs boot, they remain lightweight and designed for explosive speed. The upper knit textile locks your foot in place, ideal when you need traction in the ruck or scrum.
Quite simply, you cannot go wrong with these boots. Also available in blue, they offer the perfect combination of speed and support so you stay on top of the game.
IN A WORD: ALL-ROUNDER
PERFECT FOR: ALL BACKS AND LOOSE FORWARDS