Rugby Boot Spotting – International (27th August 2011)
This weeks boot spotting comes from England’s win over Ireland in Dublin and the Wallabies victory over New Zealand in the Tri Nations decider. With the Rugby World Cup only 9 days away and the games being the last for the teams before the tournement begins, every player on show was trying their hardest to make the team for the first pool matches. This was highlighted by Radike Samo of Australia who happens to feature in this edition of Boot Spotting wearing Asics Testamonials.
The other boot spot from this game is of Adizeo RS7 wearer Ma’a Nonu. England prop Dan Cole was spotted in a pair of Mizuno Timaru boots in the game against Ireland along with Nike CTR wearer Ben Foden and Irelands Stephen Ferris wearing white Asics Warno boots.
Foden will feel he has made the full back position his own now after another solid display in Dublin at the weekend. He is confident under the high ball, rarely misses a tackle and is feared by opponents with the ball in hand.
Even though he was on the losing side at the weekend, Nonu had another powerhouse performance in the new All Blacks jersey. His partnership with fellow centre Conrad Smith will be vital to New Zealand’s chances at the World Cup. Also in this spot is Australia’s winning try scorer Kurtley Beale in the White and Red colourway.
Irish flanker Ferris put in another shift for his team on Saturday and did not deserve to be on the losing side. Injury to David Wallace should mean that Ferris will make the starting XV coming their opening pool match with the USA on September the 11th.
Plays for: Queensland Reds and Australia
Veteran number 8 Radike Samo stole the show in the Tri Nations decider against New Zealand with a number of powering runs through some of the best tacklers in the game. The highlight of the game was Samo’s try which involved him breaking through the All Blacks midfield from inside his own half and sprinting in for the try.
Dan Cole showed against Ireland why he should be selected ahead of the returning Matt Stevens when England take on Argentina in their first World Cup match. Solid at the scrum and mobile around the field, Cole has the potential to become one of the best props in the world.
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