Which are the best Rugby Boots for 7s
With Sevens accepted in to the Olympic Games from 2016 the shortened version of the sport continues to grow in popularity across the globe. Fast-paced and action-packed, Sevens is more accessible for fans, with fewer complicated rules and less stoppages in play, and that accessibility has seen a number of countries thrive on the Sevens circuit despite a relatively low standing in the world of 15s.
For a player looking to purchase boots specifically for Sevens, you’ll need to be looking for something that is robust enough to cope with the rigours of the contact area, but light enough to encourage explosive acceleration and to enable a quick change of direction without sacrificing top-end speed.
Here are some of the most popular boots on the market now with the world’s elite Sevens players.
The RS7 is adidas’ lightest ever rugby boot, and is a favourite with some of the game’s biggest stars, including Ma’a Nonu and Brian Habana. Made from adidas’ super-lightweight Sprint Skin upper and with a hybrid sole-plate featuring a mixture of moulded and removable studs the RS7 is the boot of choice for many of the true speed merchants on the Sevens circuit. Although the RS7 is the most advanced model many players are still sporting the RS7 ii, one of the most popular rugby boots ever produced by the German manufacturer.
Nike Mercurial Superfly & Vapor
With an emphasis on explosive, dynamic speed, the Mercurial boot range by Nike is world class. The Superfly features a raised Dyanmic Fit Collar which wraps the ankle for a stunning and comfortable sock-like fit while the Vapor is tongue-less which allows for a much more customised fit and feel.
This classic boot from Mizuno is made from ultra-lightweight Kangaroo leather and tips the scales at approx. 300grams. The variable width lacing system ensures supreme comfort and a customizable fit, while the padded heel and tongue add support. Six studs across the front and two at the rear of the boot make the Morelia versatile enough to cope with anything the game of Sevens throws your way!
Games are traditionally played on a full-sized rugby field over two 7-minute halves (finals are played over two 10-minute halves). Each side is made up of three forwards and four backs, with the standard rules of rugby union being applied, although conversions following a try must be taken in the form of a drop-kick.
Sevens players must have a fine balance of speed and endurance coupled with genuine physical prowess. Every player will be required to effect tackles during the game, and, despite its free-flowing nature, Sevens still requires players to put in the ‘hard-yards’ at the breakdown on occasion.