The Rugby World Cup is finally here. Over the course of the next six weeks 20 of the world’s elite outfits will compete for the Webb Ellis trophy in rugby union’s showpiece event and inspire millions of fans.
As the tournament progresses everyone from intrigued amateurs and to out-of-practice old boys will take to rugby clubs across the country in an attempt to emulate the internationals and they will all be needing a pair of rugby boots.
But with winter is on its way, small blades and slipperesque football boots won’t cut it, so you’ll need to invest in some winter footwear before you start thinking and soft-ground slip ons.
To help you decide we have drawn up a short list of the best boots on the market.
1. The Adidas Regulate Kakari SG: £58.95, hugerugby.com
Some footwear for the forwards: this is a sturdy, durable and reasonably priced pair of wide-fit boots, which provide plenty of traction and excellent ankle support for front-five forwards in rucks, mauls and scrummaging.
2. Mizuno Timaru Low Rugby Boots: £55.04, amazon.com
Rugged and inconspicuous, these are extremely comfortable and flexible. The low-cut allows players to step and swerve while the tough outsoles are designed to endure.
3. The Adidas adipower Kakari 3.0: £89.99, lovellrugby.com
Another pair for players in the pack. The Kakari 3.0s offer slightly less support than the Kakari SGs but provide more flexibility, making them deal for forwards with fast feet and more abrasive backs. Not cheap, but these lightweight boots will last.
4. Under Armour ClutchFit Force Hybrid SG: £129.99, lovell-rugby.co.uk
By far the flashiest pair on the list, but these are extremely comfortable and the specially designed outsole and mix of moulded and screw-in metal studs ensure the boot moves with the foot's natural motion, so the wearer has plenty of traction and flexibility, but is not weighed down.
5. Nike Premier SG: £90.00 prodirectsoccer.com
With a slim-fit design, high-quality leather and excellent shape retention, these are perfect for kicking goals and carving through defences. They’re snug, sleek and incredibly comfortable. Studs will need to be swapped for rugby ones, though.
6. Puma evoPOWER 4.2 Rugby H8: £40, prodirectrugby.com
These good-value, entry-level boots are designed for long-lasting comfort and manoeuvrability. They’re ideal for forwards who are searching for sturdy but lightweight footwear which offers support and traction in all kinds of weather conditions - although the orange stripe makes it difficult to give any opposing player a subtle shoeing.
7. Mizuno Timaru MID: £56.00 jarrold.co.uk
As the game has developed, and pace quickened, these high-cut, heavy-duty boots are often ignored by modern-day players, but any player over the age of 18 will remember getting caught with a stray steel toe cap from one of these. They provide unrivalled ankle support and will outlive any owner.
8. Under Armour Speedform Leather FG: £180.00 prodirectrugby.com
As you have probably guessed these sleek boots - made of material that is more commonly found on sprint spikes - were designed to move at blistering pace. These firm-ground boots mould to fit feet and are ideal for players who rely on pace.
9. True Red Canterbury Control Elite Rugby Boots: £84.99 rugbystore.co.uk
Strictly reserved for those with searing pace, you won’t find these on any front row forwards but you may catch a glimpse of them skipping past you. The low-cut narrow fit boots are engineered to provide traction and brilliant mobility.
10. Asics HG10mm: £47.99 sportshoes.com
These boots don't just protect your toes, they are designed to reduce the load on the Achilles tendons, calf muscles, hamstrings and the back. They’re very reasonable priced and comfortable, they will also endure stress, strain and the occasional stamp.
The Adidas Regulate Kakari SG pair combine everything we like about rugby - durability, reliability and a reasonable price. The best boots for you, though, depend on what type of player you are on the pitch.
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