As Sonny Bill Williams prepares to part ways with New Zealand rugby, and the All Blacks’ relationship with adidas, he donned a pair of Nike Vapor VIII for the Chiefs semi-final clash against the Crusaders at Hamilton’s Rugby Park.
The Vapor is Nike’s speed boot, one of the lightest boots on the market, and one which is designed to maximise acceleration and manoeuvrability. Yet they are still an imminently robust option, with the advanced design offering unquestionable support and stability even though great pains were taken to strip away any and all unnecessary weight.
The Super XV final will be one of Williams’ last acts in New Zealand before heading to Japan for a brief stint in the 15-man code, then to Australia, where he will resume his Rugby League career, joining the Sydney-based Roosters.
A controversial figure who polarizes opinions, the man dubbed ‘SBW’ famously walked out on his contract with the Bulldogs in Australia’s National Rugby League competition mid-way through the season, securing lucrative contracts playing Union in France.
Chasing his dream of representing the All Blacks he signed for the NZRFU in 2010, and was a member of the World Cup winning All Blacks in 2011. Throughout that time, flamboyant manager Khoder Nasser has pursued additional income streams for Williams, which have included a foray in to the world of professional boxing, resulting in SBW capturing the New Zealand heavyweight title belt.