What Rugby Boots recommendation for a No.8

What rugby boots would suit a number 8? Number 8’s are usually big powerful ball carriers and tacklers with good quality running and handling skills, like the locks they need a strong boot, but perhaps one with a bit more flexibility so not high sided.

The Position

As part of the back row, the no.8 should work closely with his flankers to provide the link that maintains a forward movement of play. The number 8 must retain possession, recycle the ball and give the team continuity. In defence, he is an important figure in winning possession of the ball from the opposition.

In the scrum, the number 8 binds the locks and he drives when the ball comes in, this helps to transmit all the force in the scrum forwards. The number 8 has to control the ball at the back of the scrum with his feet, whilst maintaining his binding on the locks. He may need to transfer the ball to his right foot to allow his scrum half to pass the ball without interference from the opposite number 9. The number 8 may also pick up the ball from the scrum to start any back row moves.

Boots for number eights

As with the Lock, the no.8 needs a boot that is strong to withstand the forces of pushing in the scrum as well as driving off the ground when jumping in the line-out. The boot also needs to be flexible for speed around the pitch.

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