Boots Recommendations For Centres
Midfielders, or the Inside and Outside Centres, play a diverse role on the field. The ability to ghost through a gap with grace and guile or hit a support player on the chest with a perfectly placed pass is intertwined with numerous high-intensity, high-impact collisions as these unique athletes wind-up and try to burst through the opposition's defensive line.
A Midfielder must boast a range of skills – they are often called on to kick, and must be highly proficient passes. They must be fast enough to run around opponents and strong enough to run over them, all the while fulfulling one of the most important defensive roles on the field. Their boots must be light enough to ensure top-end speed is never sacrificed, must help them kick long and accurately, and must offer optimal traction.
Here are some of the best boots on the market currently for Centres -
adidas Predator Incurza – Often required to kick out of hand Midfielders will thrive in the Predator Incurza, with dedicated zones, or 'sweet spots', and a broad surface area thanks to the off-centre lacing system enhancing a players ability to generate power and accuracy when punting the ball. A combination of soft and hard ground studs provides superb traction, while comfort is never in question with these high-end performance boots.
adidas RS7 III – adidas' lightest-ever rugby boot, the RS7 III is perfect for sighting a gap and bursting through it. With a Sprint Skin upper which is lighter and stronger than any other synthetic on the market the RS7 uses a hybrid sole-plate with a mix of moulded and removable studs to ensure the grip needed to change direction without slowing down.
Nike Tiempo Legend – Comfort, support and superior quality were essential points on the design brief of the Nike Tiempos, facets the developers certainly delivered on. A lightweight TPU outsole combines with a blend of moulded conical studs and blades to ensure optimal grip, while the All Conditions Control technology guarantees they'll perform regardless of weather or ground conditions.
Mizuno Morelia – Mizuno's Morelia is one of the most versatile boots on the market, with it's protection and durability making it popular with forwards, and it's lightweight finish and optimal grip appealing to the backs. For a midfielder, whose game involves as much contact as it does explosive bursts of speed, this makes the Morelia the perfect blend.
Boots for Centres
Top Centres need robust boots which also can offer similarities to those worn by the wings and fullbacks allowing them to be light on their feet, but also a boot that is good in contact with the ball.