A golden moment in golden style for Australia’s Matt Giteau as adidas mark his 100th test cap with a dazzling pair of Predator Incurza’s. The Wallabies’ experienced and fan favourite utility player of Matt Giteau took to the Twickenham pitch for Australia’s crunch-tie against Scotland in their hard-fought Quarter-Final contest which marked the memorable milestone […]
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adidas celebrate Ma’a Nonu’s 100th test match through a special edition CrazyQuick Malice paint-job. To mark the All-Black’s inside-centre sensation of Ma’a Nonu’s 100th test match for the rugby fanatic nation, adidas and the player himself collaborated to design a unique boot ready for the All Black’s fixture against Tonga in the Rugby World Cup. […]
Nike’s Tiempo Legend IV experienced its first on-pitch coverage in the Rugby World Cup. The Argentinian utility player, not Javier Mascherano, but Juan Martin Hernandez took to the Leicester City Stadium for their RWC match against Namibia with the aforementioned Fly-Half stealing the headlines not only for helping his team-mates to a convincing 64-19 win […]
Under Armour have launched a new special edition ClutchFit release for one of their contracted players, Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny. With Wales’ kits supplied by American brand Under Armour, the nation’s star back Leigh Halfpenny has had a special ClutchFit Force designed for him to wear at the upcoming World Cup in September and October. Inspired […]
As part of their new Black-Out Pack for the All Blacks to wear at the World Cup, adidas have included the all new blackout version of their FF80 Pro range. The all new Black-Out FF80 Pro will be worn several of the All Blacks loose forwards including Richie McCaw, Kieran Read and Jerome Kaino at […]
As part of their new Black-Out Pack for the All Blacks to wear at the World Cup, adidas have included the all new blackout version of their adiPower Kakari range. The all new Black-Out adiPower Kakari will be worn several of the All Blacks props and hookers including Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Keven Mealamu, Wyatt […]
As part of their new Black-Out Pack for the All Blacks to wear at the World Cup, adidas have included the all new blackout version of their new CrazyQuick Malice range. The all new Black-Out CrazyQuick Malice is a brand new speed range and will be worn several of the All Blacks wings and backs […]
As part of their new Black-Out Pack for the All Blacks to wear at the World Cup, adidas have included the all new blackout version of the Predator Incurza. The all new Black-Out Predator Incurza will be worn several of the All Blacks fly-halves and half backs including Dan Carter, Lima Sopoaga, Beauden Barrett, Colin […]
adidas Rugby have officially unveiled the boots that will carry the All Blacks for the 2015 international season. Launched as part of the #ForceofBlack campaign, the New Zealand All Blacks will wear specialised black-out rugby boots at the upcoming World Cup in England. The new range includes four rugby boot silos to meet individual players’ […]
For the 2015 Rugby World Cup, adidas Rugby have updated their rugby boot collection by revealing an all new colourway for the FF80, a new Electric Yellow edition. Set to be headlined by Kieran Read and Richie McCaw, the all new colourway for the FF80 is part of the new Electric Pack for the 2015 […]
It’s important to understand the shape of your feet and your running style. Find out whether you’re flat-footed or have a high arch. Ideally rugby boots will fit snugly, although if your feet are still growing it’s advisable to allow a little bit of room. Different players prefer different fits. As forwards rely on lower [...]
We have been asked the question? “Please could you advise me which boots would be suitable for my son who is starting senior school in September and will need a pair of black rugby boots.” It is pretty certain that at this time of year there will be many of you out there asking the [...]
Rugby Boots History
The original football boot first comes into records with Henry VIII in 1526 when he called for a pair of leather football boots. However the man in the street would not yet have had this pleasure as both football and rugby boots did not exist in the early days. In the late 1800's players were usually wearing walking, working boots or hobnail boots, which would either come with nails or studs protruding. The sports split into their distinctive games of rugby and soccer and at this time also allowed hacking a players legs as a method of stopping them, so some boots would also have had metal tips to inflict more pain.
In 1889 a law change barred the wearing of projecting nails or iron plates, in 1910 further improvements to enhance safety came when changes specified a cylindrical stud no less than 3/4 inch in diameter and no longer than half the diameter long fixed to the sole by 4 nails. The next change occurred in 1926 when studs had to be leather, circular and fixed by at least 3 nails. Rubber was included in 1948, aluminium in 1953 and approved plastics in 1954. Currently rugby requires an approved rugby boot with studs that carry the IRB marking which can be used for both rugby league and rugby union.
Different boots for different positions
Traditional rugby boots are very similar to football boots, but the thing that makes them different is a high cut designed to give extra support to the ankle. However, more and more players prefer to use football style boots, especially backs, who favour the low cut for extra mobility. So it's important to understand what position you're playing before choosing what kind of rugby boot you want.