Wear The Right Shoes: Top 5 Rugby Boots
Rugby is a demanding contact sport, and even if you’re in good physical shape, accidents can still occur; so to avoid any unwanted injuries you need to find out the shape of your foot. You can do this by taking the wet test. By following these simple steps you’ll be able to determine what rugby boots you’ll need to play at your best and ensure you are as safe as possible.
To make sure you get the perfect rugby boots to make help you play at your best while ensuring you’re comfortable, here are Millet Sports’ Top 5 Rugby Boots:
1, ASICS Lethal Testimonial ST Rugby Boots
Let’s start with what not to wear, it is illegal for you to wear boots made for American football unless you cut off or otherwise remove the cleat in the middle of the toe. It’s illegal because, unlike American football, rugby is a violent game and there’s a good chance someone will get their face stepped on - so remove the cleat before it ends up in someone’s eye. Other sports shoes like sneakers/trainers/plimsoles are very unwise as they give you no support or traction. For an all-rounder, the ASICS Lethal Testimonial boot combines everything a player needs from protection, speed, comfort and traction.
2, Adidas Predator Incurza X-TRX SG
The UK is known for its rain, so it’s a safe bet that you’re going to need rugby boots that are low-cut with additional traction. Unlike mid-cut, low-cut boots are more like regular shoes that don’t encase the ankle, making them lighter so provide more freedom to move around in. These boots feature extra traction, a powerful ball connection and a Traxion SG outsole which gives added grip, ensuring that it won’t back down on naturally wet grounds.
3, Gilbert Sidestep Barbarian Mid 8 Stud
The Gilbert Sidestep is an updated version of the classic Gilbert rugby boot and perfect for players playing in the pack. The mid-cut design serves a numbers of purposes; firstly it gives extra support to the ankle reducing the risk of a twisting or breaking it. Secondly the boots protect your toes, playing in the pack means close combat, so manufactures assume the players will need protection against having their toes stepped on. What makes these unique are the strategically positioned studs for weight distribution and additional traction.
4, Canterbury Phoenix III Club 8 Stud
If you’re playing sevens or playing late in the season, there’s generally less violence so a soccer-style rugby boot may be more apt for you. Companies like Canterbury and New Zealand make special moulded cleats for use on turf, hard grounds or to play sevens where speed is more important than any other concern. Moulded rugby cleats are similar to soccer moulded cleats with the exception than they are used to play a more violent sport.
5, Canterbury Speed Elite 6 Stud
Unlike the Gilbert rugby boot which is designed for weight, this boot is ideal for wingers and backs. It’s built with a lightweight design for quicker acceleration and increased support for added comfort. These are performance-enhancing rugby boots; the format of the six studs allows for greater control and speed. Plus they are constructed from Aluminum and Nylon which makes them lightweight and durable. These boots are sure to get you noticed too as the boot fabric is made from Kangaroo leather, with a pearlescent white print.
If you haven’t found your ideal boot, browse through the wide range of rugby boots as well as other sports shoes at Millet Sports.
Why Ben Youngs and Tommy Bowe put their trust in Kinetica Sports
Every rugby player, whatever level they play at, knows how hard the game is and that you need to stay in shape to put in a shift. Staying in shape does not simply mean doing the right exercises, it also means putting the right fuel in your body in terms of food and supplements. Supplements like those provided by Kinetica Sports.
Kinetica was launched at the end of 2009 with a focus on education, quality and transparency. Since then Kinetica has has been successfully established as a leading and innovative sports nutrition brand as illustrated by their products being endorsed by elite rugby players Ben Youngs, Tommy Bowe, Stephen Ferris as well as clubs such as London Irish. Rugby supplements by Kinetica are increasing in the market all the time.
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Essential to all rugby players is Protein. Protein is the building block of muscle, and to facilitate intense training, recovery and repair, Kinetica's Kinetica Sports protein rich supplements and foods are necessary for replenishment of your body's amino acid levels.
There is an amazing selection of protein and other products, in many different flavours and all available direct from the Kinetica Sports website with free delivery.
"What Would McGeechan Do?" Genius t-shirt
There are many rugby shirt companies out there, but very few that capture the true banter of the game we all love. New entrants to the market dumpTackle.com are doing their level best to get there, and succeeding in the main so far.
My personal favourite is the design you see above, which most British & Irish rugby fans can empathise with I think. Have a squint at it in more detail here.
Christmas is coming, so buy our Andy Powell mousemat for yourself or someone else. Now.
Are you, or do you know a rugby fan who works on their computer? Do you want yourself or them to feel better about their work? Buy them this, you/they can while away minutes gazing upon a man who does his job worse that you/them.