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The Top 5 Best Takedown Rugby Boots for 2023

Looking to stay ahead of the competition but don’t want to fork out paying the hefty price tag? At the Full 80, we’ve got you covered with our Top 5 Takedown Rugby Boots for 2023.

#1. Mizuno Monarcida

First up, the Mizuno Monarcida.

Housing a total of 8 studs, the Monarcida is a synthetic leather stalwart made for Forward players looking to get more bang for their buck.

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Utilizing synthetic leather on the toe box, the Monarcida boasts exceptional comfort alongside a roomy toe box and added protection in key contact areas to see you through the full 80.

With a design reminiscent of their more premium Morelia Neo 3 MIJ SG boots, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more sleek Mizuno alternative for the price!

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#2. Canterbury Phoenix Team

Perfect for players situated on the back row or for the more agile second rower, the Canterbury Phoenix Team rises in the ranks for its premium quality and affordability.

Characteristically lighter than traditional rugby boots, the Phoenix Team comes complete with a synthetic leather upper and PU leather toe box for added protection and comfort in the mid and forefoot.

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Thanks to its lightweight profile, the Phoenix Team allows players to benefit from greater freedom on the pitch, making quick starts and side-stepping rivals effortless.

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#3. adidas Malice

The kicker’s boot of choice, the adidas Malice makes waves within in the rugby world thanks to its sleek profile, bold colourway and host of features that puts players ahead of the competition.

Complete with a robust A-symmetric lacing system and 3D rubber elements to the forefoot, the adidas Malice opens up the sweet spot on the instep of your foot for cushioned contact for punts, drop-kicks and place kicks!

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To the base of the boot, conical studs make for an improved running game, boosting players agility out on the pitch whilst making side-stepping your opponents a breeze as you break for the try line.

Reminiscent of the pricier Predator Malice, as worn by Scotland’s Finn Russell, the takedown Malice boots not only look the part, but play it too!

adidas Malice Soft Ground Boots – NOW £57 (Was £69.99) at

#4. Nike Tiempo Legend Academy

A legend in its own right, the Nike Tiempo Legend Academy is undeniably one of the most versatile boots to grace the world stage.

Donning a unique profile reflective of its 29-year legacy, the Tiempo is adorned for its versatility on the pitch and is worn by players across all positions, from Front Row to the Back Field.

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Thanks to its synthetic leather construction towards the mid and toe box, the Legend Academy is considered one of the most comfortable boots you can wear and will keep you protected against your rival’s pesky studs when rucking, mauling or in a scrum.

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#5. Nike Mercurial Vapor Academy

Adorned by players for over 25 years, the Mercurial Vapor is a winger’s dreamboat silo.

Lightweight, super-thin, and built for speed, the Nike Mercurial Vapor dominates the pitch every time, and with its latest launch of the Academy boot, player’s on a budget can now benefit from top-tier performance in an affordable form factor.

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With an aggressive stud pattern featuring on the base of the boot, locking and detaching from firm and soft-ground pitches has never felt so effortless!

After all, if you’re looking to get ahead of the competition, every second counts!

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The Top 5 Takedown Boots Recapped

Like what you see? Let us know in the comments which takedown boot you’ll be taking to the pitch! We’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, be sure to stay in the loop with the latest Rugby News, Boot Launches & Guides at The Full 80.

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!