The Rugby World Cup has captivated the attention of the world, with the best players on Earth all going head-to-head, but while the superstars of the game are on show, so are the big sports brand’s latest boot releases. After a few rounds of action, we’ve rounded up the best boots on show at this year’s tournament:
Adidas Predator Malice Control
Worn by: Handre Pollard, Beauden Barrett
You’ll find Adidas’ new Predator Malice Control boots on the feet of most flyhalves and centres this World Cup. Designed specifically for accuracy and control when kicking, the new Malice Controls are also light and sturdy, which make them great for outside backs too. The blue and white colourway is the most common on show at the World Cup, but the All Blacks have a blacked-out version which are available too.
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Nike Mercurial Vapor 13
Worn by: Willie le Roux, Johnny May
When you think speed, you think of Nike’s Vapor. The line has been a favourite amongst wingers for decades, and the latest iteration is arguably their best to date. Featuring a full Flyknit design (rather than just the upper) and a slightly stiffer soleplate, these boots are the best option for those who want something lightweight with a ton of traction.
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Asics Menace 3
Worn by: Kurtley Beale, Jordan Petaia
To celebrate the Rugby World Cup, Asics released their Crack the Earth series of football boots, which you’ll see on most of the Wallaby backs. A combinative material selection of nylon on the outsole and microfibre on the upper make this booth lightweight but durable. The 10mm heel raise technology reduces strain on the wearer’s limbs and makes this perfect for solid, firm ground surfaces like that in Japan during this tournament.
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