Boot Recommendations For Wing Threequarter
The Pace Men. The Speed Merchants. The Flying Finishers. The wingers on a Rugby team are the out-and-out speedsters – the side's fastest players with an eye for the tryline and a killer instinct. Wingers not only need to be able to finish opportunities when they are provided by the team mates, but must create them when nothing else presents itself.
Every now and then a winger will need to kick, pass or tackle. But first and foremost they need to run. They need to be fast, they need to be explosive, and they need to be dynamic. A Winger's boots must hug their feet like a second skin, provide optimal traction for changing direction at top speed, and by as light as is humanly possible.
Here are some of the best boots on the market currently for Wingers -
adidas RS7 – A super lightweight upper made from the lightest synthetic material available has conspired to make the RS7 the most ethereal Rugby boot the German manufacturers have ever produced. Designed for out-and-out speed, the triangular moulded studs ensure top-end speed is never sacrificed when changing direction, while the hollow-core construction of the midfoot support decreases the risk of injury.
Nike Mercurial Superfly & Vapor – Nike's latest 'speed-boots the Mercurial Superfly and Vapor are one of the best options on the market for wings. Built for explosive acceleration and speed the Superfly features an additional Dynamic Fit Collar which raises above the ankle for a super comfortable sock-like feel and fit. The tongue-less Vapor is again available and provides wingers with another option in terms of lightweight speed boots.
adidas F50 adiZero – A super-soft HYBRIDTOUCH upper, a variable width lacing system and added heel and ankle support combine to make the F50 exceedingly comfortable for a lightweight speed boot. Built for raw, blistering pace the F50 is similar in many ways to adidas' other 'speed boot', the RS7, and like its close relative makes maximum use of adidas' SprintFrame technology.
X-Blades Wild Thing – A centralised lacing system and a unique wrap-around tongue create a superior fit in the striking looking Wild Things, although the design is functional as well, with the raised rubber sections across the forefoot aiding kickers by creating friction with the ball. Underneath, the famous blades of the Australian-company ensure a lack of grip is never an issue, while a lightweight finish guarantees explosive pace.
Boots for Wings
Wings in the modern game vary in size and although there are more and more big fast men it is still a position with little fast men with great changes of pace and direction. Wingers must have a high work rate and go looking for the ball if it is not coming in their direction. They should be able to read the game and anticipate what happens next.