The Best Rugby Boots for Forwards

In the heart of the rugby battlefield, there exist warriors known as the forwards. Their tasks – mauling, rucking, scrummaging – are the pillars of victory.

They may not bask in the limelight, but their relentless determination shapes the game. And to honor these warriors, we’ve hand-picked the best rugby boots, designed to enhance their hard graft on the pitch. Because every hero deserves the right gear.

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#1. Premium Rugby Boots

#2. Pro Rugby Boots

#3. Boots on a Budget

The Evolution of Forward’s Boots

In the early 1900s, players ingeniously repurposed their everyday walking or work boots, adding studs or bars for that much-needed grip on the field. These boots weren’t just footwear, they were a testament to the players’ resourcefulness and passion for the game!

These early versions of rugby boots were characterized by their robust shape, sturdy construction of thick leather and metal, and additional support for the ankle and toe. The soles were solid, studded with musket bullets that served as studs. These features were not just for show – they were specifically designed with the forwards’ game in mind.

Fast forward to today, and you’ll see how far we’ve come. The transformation from these basic adaptations to today’s specialized rugby boots is nothing short of remarkable. It’s not just about the game anymore, it’s about making a statement on the pitch!

The evolution of rugby boots is a testament to the progress made in the sport, reflecting not only advancements in the game but also in technology and design. So, whether you’re charging down the field or holding the line in a scrum, remember, your boots are more than just footwear – they’re a part of rugby’s rich history!

Playing in the UK?

For optimal performance during the typically wet rugby season, we recommend investing in Soft Ground Boots (SG). These boots are designed to provide excellent traction and stability on soft, muddy fields.

For individuals living in temperate climates where the natural pitches tend to be firmer, Firm Ground boots(FG) are the preferred choice. These boots are designed to provide the right balance of grip and maneuverability on hard, natural surfaces.

However, if you frequently play on artificial turf or reside in a region with a temperate climate, Artificial Ground (AG) boots would be the ideal choice. They are specifically designed for synthetic surfaces. But if AG boots are not available, Firm Ground (FG) rugby/football boots can serve as a suitable alternative.

Premium Boots

Nike Phantom GX 2 Elite

For all you forward rugby players out there, if you’re on the hunt for the crème de la crème of boots, look no further than the Nike Phantom GX 2 Elite Rugby Boots! These boots are not just a piece of footwear, they’re a statement on the pitch!

The standout feature of this boot is undoubtedly the Anti-Clog soleplate. This flexible open arch chassis is a game-changer, providing unparalleled stability and support. But that’s not all! The Elite model is a dream come true for highly competitive players. It features the full soleplate works, taking your game to the next level.

The advanced textures, such as Nike’s latest GripKnit technology, ensure maximum grip on the ball. So, whether you’re making a break for the try line or securing possession in a scrum, these boots have got you covered!

And let’s not forget the snazzy 13 stud setup. This isn’t just for show – it’s designed for dynamic lateral agility. So you can weave through the opposition with the grace of a gazelle and the speed of a cheetah. Now that’s what we call playing in style!

But wait, there’s more! The Nike Phantom GX 2 Elite Rugby Boots are also known for their exceptional durability and comfort. The high-quality materials and superior craftsmanship ensure these boots can withstand the rigors of the game, while the cushioned insole and padded ankle support provide all-day comfort.

So, if you’re a forward looking to dominate the game, the Nike Phantom GX 2 Elite Rugby Boots are the perfect fit for you! Lace up and get ready to make your mark on the pitch!

Puma Future

A lightweight boot, suitable for players of any position, but ideal for second and back rows. Forwards will appreciate the snug, sock-like fit from a high-cut knit collar, supporting the ankles.

There’s an array of elaborate designs to choose from, and they all look impeccable.

Adidas Kakari Z.1

The rugby boot blueprint. The standard for which every premium boot aims for, adidas’ formidable Kakari packs all the tech we’ve come to expect from the German brand’s dedicated rugby wing.

adidas Kakari Z.1 SG Boots – £180 at

Favouring tough synthetic upper over leather, the long-running and now-lightweight Kakari sits on a flexible soleplate housing hollow metal studs

adidas Kakari Z.1 SG Boots – £180 at

Whichever boot you end up going for, if it’s any of the aforementioned – your feet and your teammates will be thankful as your game goes up a level. Take the time to research the best boot for you, invest in a pair of proper weapons and prove your point on the pitch.

Mizuno Morelia Neo IV Elite

Introducing the Mizuno Neo IV Elite, the boot that’s taking the rugby world by storm!

Boost your techniques with these Mizuno Morelia Neo IV Elite SG Football Boots, specially engineered to provide a barefoot feeling with numerous improvements.

Crafted from real K-Leather, these boots offer a unique blend of a barefoot sensation and robust durability, ensuring they withstand the demands of the game as you strive to achieve your best speeds ever. The choice of K-Leather boots speaks volumes about the performance and reliability they bring to the field.

The Mizuno Neo IV Elite boasts a lightweight and streamlined design, drawing inspiration from the acclaimed MIJ Neo III Beta. As the fourth generation in the Neo series, these boots continue the legacy of delivering unparalleled speed and comfort in a premium form factor. Since its debut in 2011, the Neo series has consistently pushed the boundaries of football boot technology.

With its nifty design, the Neo IV Elite emerges as a strong contender for the footwear of choice for forwards at the Six Nations Championship. The combination of barefoot feeling, durability, and the streamlined design makes these boots an ideal companion for players seeking top-notch performance on the field. Step into the future of football footwear with Mizuno’s Neo IV Elite and experience the evolution of speed, comfort, and style.

Pro Boots

Puma Avant Pro

Get ready to be blown away by a phenomenal pair of rugby-specific boots, custom-made for games on soft ground. Puma has hit the bullseye with these gems, perfecting the mid-range forward’s boot like never before!

Puma Avant Pro 8 Stud Boots – NOW £105 (Was £129.99) at

They’re technically excellent with tough synthetic leather on the forefoot and heel areas, while Matryxmesh technology straddles the midfoot and a 10 metal and 1 moulded stud plate maximises traction.

Aesthetically on point, the stylistically understated silo is composed of an all-black upper and contrasted with the light grey soleplate slicing the bottom of the boot.   

Puma Avant Pro 8 Stud Boots – NOW £105 (Was £129.99) at

Canterbury Phoenix Elite

Crafted from ultra-hard-wearing materials that can withstand the rigours of modern rugby, the Canterbury Phoenix Genesis Elite is the perfect pairing for rugby Forwards.

Canterbury Phoenix Elite Rugby Boots - Available at Lovell Rugby
Canterbury Phoenix Elite SG Boots – £140 at

The forefoot combines supple premium leather with a knitted upper reinforced with Vaposkin – a fancy and tough new textile. What sets the Phoneix Gen apart is the all-new lightweight 6-studded outsole which uses biobased, Pebax® Powered composite materials for ultimate flex, traction and responsiveness.  

The Canterbury Phoenix Elite Rugby Boots - Now Available at Lovell Rugby
Canterbury Phoenix Elite SG Boots – £140 at

Budget Friendly Boots

Kooga Power

You can’t go wrong with this pair of blackout boots by rugby specialists KooGa. Forged from authentic thick leather, these padded boots are ideal for any forward playing at any level.

Players can enjoy a comfy, true to size fit that accommodate wider feet for stability and mobility. Even at their retail price, we think they offer the best value for money of any forward’s boot. Right now, they’re an absolute steal at half price. 

Found the right boot for you?

Like what you see, but haven’t quite found the right boot for you? Explore brands from Nike, adidas, Kooga, Puma, Canterbury and more at

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By Peter Wakeford

Just your everyday grassroots guru. I'm here to sprinkle some sportsy magic on your day with the latest boot drops, guides, news, and a dash of quirky humor. Let's lace up and have a laugh on this sporting adventure!

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