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Week 2 Recap of the 2024 Six Nations Championship!

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#1. Scotland vs France (16-20)

#2. England vs Wales (16-14)

#3. Ireland vs Italy (36-0)

Week 2 Overview:

Week 2 was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, with its fair share of controversies that had us all on the edge of our seats. But amidst the storm, it was the awe-inspiring displays of unity and grit that stole the show.

So, grab your jerseys and paint your faces, because we’re about to dive headfirst into the electrifying highlights and unforgettable moments of the games. Hold on tight, because this ride is about to get wild!

Saturday 10th February 2024:

#1. Scotland vs France (16-20)

Scotland’s hopes were dashed in a nail-biting clash against France as the second weekend of the Six Nations unfolded in Edinburgh.

In a heart-stopping moment, Scotland’s Sam Skinner thought he had clinched a last-minute victory, but the TMO ruled out his effort. Louis Bielle-Biarray’s solo run after 70 minutes had given France the lead for the first time with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

However, Scotland rallied, with Skinner making a valiant attempt to cross the line as the clock ticked into the 80th minute.

The match officials deliberated for what seemed like an eternity, only to conclude that there was insufficient evidence to award the try, handing Les Bleus a narrow victory.

The second half was a disappointment for the Scots, with only a Finn Russell penalty adding to their score, a stark contrast to a promising start that saw Ben White crossing the line in the 8th minute. Russell’s two penalties and a conversion gave Scotland a 13-10 lead at half time.

France fought back in the first half with a try from Gael Fickou and five points from Ramos’ boot. However, the sin binning of Uini Atonio for a dangerous tackle put them on the back foot. Despite the setback, Les Bleus managed to hold on for a hard-fought victory.

As it happened:

What a thrilling Six Nations showdown it was on Saturday, February 10th, 2024! Murrayfield Stadium was buzzing with excitement as Scotland and France locked horns in a battle of rugby titans.

Scotland’s Finn Russell, Duhan van der Merwe, and the fresh talent Harry Paterson, despite facing initial challenges, set the pitch on fire early on, combining their efforts to send White over the line in the 8th minute.

But France wasn’t about to back down. Thomas Ramos stepped up in the 9th minute, bolstering Les Bleus’ defense with a successful penalty kick. Yet, Russell, with his laser-like precision, quickly countered with kicks in the 22’ and 29’, giving Scotland a significant edge in the first half.

France, however, began to flex their attacking muscles, gradually building momentum. Gael Fickou’s near breakaway try added a spark of excitement to the match.

Despite Van der Merwe’s heroic tackle, Fickou managed to breach the line just before halftime. Even with Uini Atonio’s sin-binning, leaving France a man down, Scotland couldn’t capitalize further.

As the match progressed, both sides battled fiercely for dominance. Scotland finally broke the deadlock with Russell’s conversion, exploiting France’s offside infringement. This proved challenging for the visitors, especially without their injured captain, Gregory Alldritt. The game hung in the balance, with defenses tightening and strategic kicking becoming crucial.

Then came a moment of sheer brilliance from France’s Louis Bielle-Biarrey. With a deft chip over the ball, he gathered it and crossed the try line, shifting the momentum in France’s favor.

Ramos swiftly followed with his conversion, propelling France to a one-point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining. A subsequent penalty extended their advantage to four points.

As the clock ticked down, Scotland launched a determined assault on the French line, culminating in Sam Skinner’s apparent try as injury time loomed.

However, despite an exhaustive review by the Television Match Official (TMO), the lack of conclusive evidence upheld referee Nic Berry’s initial ruling of “held up,” sealing a heartbreaking 20-16 defeat for Scotland.

In a post-match interview with BBC Sport, Captain Finn Russell delivered his verdict:

“Personally, I believe that was a try at the end but that’s up to the referee to decide that. That’s what he’s there to do the job for, we’ve just got to take this defeat on the chin and we’ve got to get better for England.

“We can’t let the referee decide what happens in a game, that’s up to us to play better and make these matches a victory.”

While, Nigel Owens, the legendary Welsh Rugby Union referee had this to say:

“When the referee gives an on-field decision, you have to have clear evidence to overturn that decision.

“It’s a very, very difficult decision to make. It all comes down to if the TMO has clear evidence.

“It looks like it’s probably on the ground, is there enough for him to say 100 per cent it is good? Probably not.

“So it’s one of those really, really tough ones. But the ball looks like it is on the ground. I think they will be debating this one for a long time.”

#2. England vs Wales (16-14)

England triumphed over Wales last Saturday, after initially enduring a nine-point defecit before George Ford’s late penalty settled the scores 16-14 in England’s favour to secure their biggest ever second-half Six Nations comeback.

It was Wales who dealt the first blow with a penalty try, followed by Alex Mann touching down in the first half, with Ioan Lloyd adding insult to injury with his conversion for a considerble 14-5 lead.

However, despite a momentous first half that was leaning towards a Wales win, the second half proved difficult as the dragons failed to secure even a single point despite some hopeful opportunities, and the scrum penalties poised against them proved decisive of their fate.

Contrary to expectations, England emerged victorious. The tries were scored by No. 8 Ben Earl and centre Fraser Dingwall. However, the first half was not without its challenges, as Ollie Chessum and Ethan Roots were both sent to the sin bin for a high tackle and a maul collapse, respectively.

Ford’s contribution of two penalties to the scoreboard was instrumental in propelling England into the lead. Meanwhile, Wales’ Mason Grady was sent to the sin bin for a knock-on, providing some respite for the English side. Despite England’s narrow victory by 2 points, Borthwick’s team will need to elevate their performance if they hope to defeat Scotland in Round 3.

As it Happened:

From the get-go, the Roses were shrouded in a cloud of uncertainty. Their attempts to assert dominance within Welsh territory were met with a wall of disappointment as promising opportunities slipped through their fingers, failing to convert into points.

The atmosphere thickened when England’s Chessum was penalized in a controversial decision, sent off to the sin bin for a disputed shoulder-to-head contact during a tackle with Wales’ Kieron Assiratti.

England’s pursuit of control took a further hit when Wales capitalized on a lineout knock-on by England that was quickly followed by a scrum penalty. Wales seized this golden opportunity, strategically opting for a corner kick.

This decision proved to be a game-changer as the Welsh team powered over for a penalty try, with Roots being penalized and sin-binned for collapsing the scrum just shy of the try-line.

However, despite the clever decision-making, Wales’ formation began to crumble upon the restart. Their attempted attack from their own try-line was intercepted by Maro Itoje, leading to a pivotal turnover near the posts.

In the subsequent play, Ben Earl showcased exceptional agility, breaking through the Welsh defenders from the back of the scrum for a thrilling finish.

Yet, Ford’s conversion attempt was foiled. As he approached the ball, executing a sidestep, Wales took a legitimate opportunity to disrupt his kick, charging forward to knock the ball off the tee.

Despite a series of opportunities, Wales couldn’t add any further points onto the scoreboard before Roots returned from the sin bin, and their 25-phase attack on the edge of England’s 22 yielded no reward.

However, as half time neared, Wales’ flanker Tommy Reffel paved the way to set up scrum-half Tomos Williams into the clear. Williams then passed inside for Mann, who was in support, to sprint in and touch down.

Lloyd followed up with a conversion to settle the scores 14-5 in Wales favour by the break, however the return to the second half saw the dragons plagued with errors, and Ford monopolised with a penalty to reduce the gap.

Eager to widen the lead, Wales’ full-back Cameron Winnet showcased remarkable offensive skills, resulting in a break. He lined up to pass the ball to Josh Adams down the right. However, the inside offload from Rio Dyer resulted in the ball being knocked on during a tackle, just five meters shy of the try-line.

Two scrum penalties were conceded against Wales. The first occurred after Dyer’s opportunity, and the second followed an unfortunate knock-on by Adams.

These penalties advanced the Welsh team from one 22-meter line to the other. England then executed nine consecutive close-quarters attacks near the try-line. At the opportune moment, they expanded their attack to the wider field. Despite Elliot Daly’s stumble, he managed to offload the ball to Dingwall, who scored.

Ford’s wide miss left England trailing by a point. However, Wales’ lack of offensive action and a blatant knock-on by Grady provided Ford with an easy penalty opportunity. This allowed England to take the lead and ultimately secure the victory

Sunday 13th February 2024:

#3. Ireland vs Italy (36-0)

Last week, Ireland dominated the field with a resounding 36-0 victory over the Azzuri at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium! This second-round triumph not only showcases their formidable form but also ignites their Grand Slam dreams.

With the wind in their sails, the prospect of consecutive Grand Slam titles is within their grasp!

Spectacular tries from Jack Crowley, Dan Sheehan, Jack Conan, James Lowe, and Calvin Nash catapulted Ireland to the pinnacle of the leaderboard after two rounds, bagging maximum competition points from two bonus-point victories.

Italy, despite their valiant effort against England in Rome in Round 1, found themselves outmatched against the Irish. Their struggle for possession and territory was evident, and their plight worsened when Tommaso Menoncello was sin-binned in the second half for tripping Lowe.

Crowley, with his brilliant strategy and aggressive plays, added two conversions to the win, showcasing his prowess. However, a cloud on Ireland’s horizon was Hugo Keenan’s leg injury in the second half. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!

As it happened

From the moment the whistle blew, it was clear that Ireland had come to play. Jack Crowley’s opening try in the first 7 minutes set the tone for what was to be a thrilling match.

Despite a few hiccups along the way, the Irish team, led by the indomitable Joe McCarthy, regained their footing by the 24th minute. They capitalized on a penalty in Italy’s half, with Crowley setting up a brilliant pass for Keenan, who made significant ground inside the Azzurri’s 22.

The crowd erupted as Crowley delivered a spectacular offload, enabling Henshaw to surge forward and pass the ball to Sheehan, who scored for the Shamrocks. Crowley, ever the professional, followed up with an excellent conversion, making up for his earlier miss.

By halftime, Ireland had established a commanding 19-0 lead, thanks to Conan’s forceful try. The second half saw Ireland continue their dominance, with Sheehan finishing an unstoppable maul drive for the bonus-point fourth try.

Even a minor setback with a ruled-out double-movement couldn’t dampen Ireland’s momentum. Lowe outmaneuvered Menoncello, leading to a remarkable score for Ireland’s fifth try.

In the final minutes, despite a series of knock-ons and penalties, Calvin Nash managed to score, following a series of passes from Crowley, McCloskey, and Gibson-Park.

As the final whistle sounded, Ireland had handed the Azzurri their first scoreless defeat in the history of the Six Nations – a feat not seen in the championship since 1987. What a match! Ireland’s Grand Slam dreams are well and truly alive! This was a game for the ages, a true testament to Ireland’s grit and determination.

What’s next?

As we march into the third week of the exhilarating 2024 Six Nations Championship, the question on everyone’s mind is – who will claim the crown?

While the sands of time will reveal the victor, for now, you can stay updated with all the action by checking out the schedule below for the time and venue of each thrilling match:

Saturday 24th February:

Ireland vs Wales

Aviva Stadium, Dublin. 14.15

Scotland vs England

Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. 16.45

Sunday 25th February:

France vs Italy

Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Villeneue-d’Ascq. 15.00

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Anticipating Week 1: A Comprehensive Review of the 2024 Six Nations Squads

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A brief history of the Six Nations

The Six Nations tournament is not only the world’s oldest rugby union competition, but also the most prestigious.

Every year, the best men’s national teams from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales battle it out for the coveted Six Nations trophy.

The tournament has a rich and fascinating history, dating back to 1883, when it was first played as the Home Nations Championship among the four teams from the United Kingdom.

France joined the fray in 1910, forming the Five Nations Championship, but their participation was interrupted from 1932 to 1939 due to accusations of professionalism and violence.

Due to the World Wars, the tournament was halted for several years, until France rejoined the competition in 1947. It was not until 2000 that Italy became the sixth and final member, expanding the tournament to its current format.

How does the Six Nations Championship work?

Over six weeks in February and March, each team plays every other team once in a round-robin format. The teams alternate between hosting and visiting each other, creating a thrilling atmosphere in some of the most iconic stadiums in Europe.

At the end of the tournament, the team with the most points is crowned the Six Nations champion, and can also achieve a Grand Slam by beating all five opponents, or a Triple Crown by beating the other Home Nations.

On the other hand, the team with the least points receives the Wooden Spoon, a dubious honour that Italy has claimed 15 times since its debut.

Friday 2nd February: France vs Ireland

The Six Nations Championship for 2024 kicks off with a blockbuster clash between France and Ireland at the Stade Vélodrome on Friday 2nd February at 8.00pm GMT. The match will be refereed by former scrum half for Bedford Blues and Harlequins, Karl Dickson.

France, who are hosting the defending champions Ireland, are one of the favourites to win the 2024 Six Nations. They won four of their five matches in 2023, losing only to Ireland in a thrilling encounter in Dublin. They also reached the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup in October, where they were narrowly beaten by South Africa.

Led by captain Gregory Alldritt, who takes over from the injured Antoine Dupont, France will be eager to avenge their defeat and claim their first title since 2010.

Ireland, on the other hand, are aiming to retain their crown and make history by becoming the first team to win three consecutive Six Nations titles. They were the only team to complete a Grand Slam in 2023, when they beat England 29-16 in Dublin.

France (“Les Bleus”)

France are one of the favourites for this year’s Six Nations, with their captain and No 8 Grégory Alldritt leading the way. Alldritt was the top try-scorer in the 2023 tournament with six tries, and he will be hoping to repeat his impressive performance this year.

However, France will have to cope without their star scrum-half Antoine Dupont, who is focused on the Paris Olympic Games instead.

Dupont was the Six Nations Player of the Championship in both 2020 and 2021, and he is widely regarded as one of the world’s best rugby players. His absence will leave a big gap in the French team.

Fortunately, France have two capable replacements in Maxime Lucu and Nolann Le Garrec, who will vie for the No 9 jersey in Dupont’s absence. Both players have shown their potential in the Top 14, and they will be eager to prove themselves on the international stage.

France have also strengthened their pack, with Emmanuel Meafou and Uini Atonio joining the squad. Meafou, who plays for Montpellier, has been called up as a replacement for the injured Thibaud Flament. Meafou is a powerful and athletic lock, who can also play in the back row.

Atonio, who plays for La Rochelle, has delayed his retirement from international rugby until after the World Cup in 2023. Atonio is a veteran prop, who will bring experience and stability to the French front row, which also boasts the likes of Cyril Baille and Julien Marchand.

France have a proud history in the Six Nations, having won the tournament 17 times, more than any other team except England and Wales. They have also achieved nine Grand Slams, the last of which was in 2010.

They have a good record against Ireland, having won 58 out of 99 matches, with seven draws and 34 losses. However, they have struggled in recent years, losing four of their last five meetings, including a 29-16 defeat in Dublin in 2023.

Can they turn the tide and start their campaign with a win in Marseille?

Who’s in the France Squad?

Forwards:

Esteban Abadie (Toulon), Dorian Aldegheri (Toulouse), Grégory Alldritt (La Rochelle) (Captain), Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Cyril Baille (Toulouse), Gaëtan Barlot (Castres Olympique), Paul Boudehent (La Rochelle), François Cros (Toulouse), Paul Gabrillagues (Stade Français), Matthias Halagahu (Toulon), Anthony Jelonch (Toulouse), Thomas Laclayat (Racing 92), Julien Marchand (Toulouse), Peato Mauvaka (Toulouse), Emmanuel Meafou (Toulouse), Charles Ollivon (Toulon), Romain Taofifenua (Lyon), Sébastien Taofifenua (Lyon), Reda Wardi (La Rochelle), Cameron Woki (Racing 92)

Backs:

Louis Bielle-Biarrey (Bordeaux-Bègles), Jonathan Danty (La Rochelle), Nicolas Depoortère (Bordeaux-Bègles), Gaël Fickou (Racing 92), Emilien Gailleton (Section Paloise), Antoine Gibert (Racing 92), Matthieu Jalibert (Bordeaux-Bègles), Melvyn Jaminet (Toulon), Nolann Le Garrec (Racing 92), Matthis Lebel (Toulouse), Maxime Lucu (Bordeaux-Bègles), Yoram Moefana (Bordeaux-Bègles), Damian Penaud (Bordeaux-Bègles), Thomas Ramos (Toulouse)

Ireland ( “The Shamrocks”)

Ireland strides into the 2024 Six Nations with a squad that’s not just balanced and experienced, but pulsating with a blend of youthful energy and seasoned veterans.

Their resilient teamwork and winning culture have seen them clinch the Six Nations title four times in the last 11 years, and now, they’re hungry to make it five in 2024.

As the defending champions, their opening match against France in Marseille promises to be a formidable challenge. Can they hold onto their title and repel the onslaught from their rivals? Let’s dive into the heart of their squad!

Leading the charge is Peter O’Mahony, set to captain Ireland in the 2024 Six Nations. A stalwart in the back row, O’Mahony, with 101 caps and ten previous leadership stints, steps into the captaincy, succeeding the retired Johnny Sexton from the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Coach Farrell expressed his excitement: ‘I am delighted to announce Peter O’Mahony as our captain for the Six Nations. He is a natural leader and a key figure for Munster and Ireland for many years. I am confident that he will inspire the squad with his leadership skills, both on and off the field.’

In a noteworthy squad update, Cian Prendergast, a dynamic back row from Connacht, joins the roster, filling the void left by the injured Thomas Ahern from Munster.

Among the three fresh faces, including Oli Jager and Sam Prendergast, Cian eyes his debut in the iconic green jersey, eager to make a lasting impression on the selectors.

Excitement is brewing as Ireland gears up for the Six Nations, with optimism radiating from every corner. Here’s to a captivating campaign ahead!

Who’s in Ireland’s 2024 Six Nations Squad?

Forwards:

Ryan Baird (Leinster), Finlay Bealham (Connacht), Tadhg Beirne (Munster), Jack Conan (Leinster), Caelan Doris (Leinster), Tadhg Furlong (Leinster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Ronan Kelleher (Leinster), Jeremy Loughman (Munster), Joe McCarthy (Leinster), Peter O’Mahony (Munster, capt), Tom O’Toole (Ulster), Andrew Porter (Leinster), James Ryan (Leinster), Dan Sheehan (Leinster), Tom Stewart (Ulster), Nick Timoney (Ulster), Josh van der Flier (Leinster).

Backs: 

Bundee Aki (Connacht), Harry Byrne (Leinster), Craig Casey (Munster), Jack Crowley (Munster), Ciaran Frawley (Leinster), Jamison Gibson-Park (Leinster), Robbie Henshaw (Leinster), Hugo Keenan (Leinster), Jordan Larmour (Leinster), James Lowe (Leinster), Stuart McCloskey (Ulster), Conor Murray (Munster), Calvin Nash (Munster), Garry Ringrose (Leinster), Jacob Stockdale (Ulster).

Saturday 3rd February 2024: Italy vs England

The anticipation reaches a fever pitch as the 2024 Six Nations Championship unfolds with an eagerly awaited clash between Italy and England at the illustrious Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday, February 3rd, at 2:15 pm GMT.

In the center of this rugby spectacle, the match will be orchestrated under the watchful eyes of referee Paul Williams, a seasoned figure known for his expertise in the Super Rugby competition and international test matches.

Italy, poised to face the formidable 2023 champions Ireland, embraces the underdog role in the quest for the 2024 Six Nations title.

Reflecting on a challenging 2023, marked by five consecutive losses and conceding the highest points and tries in the tournament, Italy also navigated the Rugby World Cup, finishing third in their pool.

Now, captained by the dynamic Michele Lamaro, a flanker from Benetton Rugby succeeding Luca Bigi, Italy aspires to script history by securing their maiden victory over England.

For Italy, the leadership transition extends beyond the captaincy, with a new head coach, Gonzalo Quesada, at the helm, succeeding Kieran Crowley in January 2024. Quesada, a former Argentina international with coaching experience at Stade Francias and France, brings a wealth of expertise to guide Italy’s journey.

On the opposing side, England, reeling from a disappointing 2023 campaign, aims for redemption. Despite reaching the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, their aspirations were thwarted by South Africa.

Now, under the newly appointed captain Jamie George, inheriting the mantle from Owen Farrell, England is resolute in their pursuit of a convincing victory to commence the Six Nations campaign, extending their unbeaten record against Italy.

Italy (” Gli Azzuri”)

All eyes eagerly fixate on the promising horizon as Gonzalo Quesada takes the helm as Italy’s new head coach, ready to steer the Azzurri through the challenges of this year’s Six Nations.

A spotlight shines on Italy’s standout player, Manuel Zuliani, whose prowess is set to dazzle and define their performance in the tournament.

Adding a fresh and dynamic edge to the squad is the uncapped Exeter Chiefs‘ flanker, Ross Vintcent. A rising star, Vintcent brings both talent and leadership, having captained the U20s and committed to the Azzurri after a stellar representation in the A side last year, courtesy of his grandparent relation.

Injury setbacks, unfortunate as they may be, will sideline HarlequinsDino Lamb and Benetton‘s Paolo Odogwu. However, a silver lining emerges as the resilient center, Tommaso Menoncello, makes a triumphant return after overcoming the World Cup absence due to injury.

With this eclectic mix of experience, talent, and fresh energy, Italy’s Six Nations journey promises to be nothing short of riveting. Get ready to witness the Azzurri in action, as they embrace new challenges and soar to greater heights!

Who’s in Italy’s 2024 Six Nations Squad?

Forwards:

Pietro Ceccarelli (Perpignan), Danilo Fischetti (Zebre Parma), Matteo Nocera (Zebre Parma), Luca Rizzoli (Zebre Parma), Mirco Spagnolo (Benetton Rugby), Giosuè Zilocchi (Benetton Rugby), Gianmarco Lucchesi (Benetton Rugby), Marco Manfredi (Zebre Parma), Giacomo Nicotera (Benetton Rugby), Niccolò Cannone (Benetton Rugby), Edoardo Iachizzi (Benetton Rugby), Federico Ruzza (Benetton Rugby), Andrea Zambonin (Zebre Parma), Lorenzo Cannone (Benetton Rugby), Riccardo Favretto (Benetton Rugby), Alessandro Izekor (Benetton Rugby), Michele Lamaro (Benetton Rugby), Sebastian Negri (Benetton Rugby), Ross Vintcent (Exeter), Manuel Zuliani (Benetton Rugby)

Backs:

Alessandro Garbisi (Benetton Rugby), Martin Page-Relo (Lyon), Stephen Varney (Gloucester), Tommaso Allan (Perpignan), Paolo Garbisi (Montpellier), Juan Ignacio Brex (Benetton Rugby), Tommaso Menoncello (Benetton Rugby), Federico Mori (Bayonne), Marco Zanon (Benetton Rugby), Pierre Bruno (Zebre Parma), Ange Capuozzo (Toulouse), Monty Ioane (Lyon), Simone Gesi (Zebre Parma), Lorenzo Pani (Zebre Parma)

England (“The Red Roses”)

As the 2024 Six Nations Championship kicks off, England face a formidable test against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Led by the seasoned Steve Borthwick, who took over as head coach after the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the England squad is driven by ambition, aiming to reclaim their first Six Nations title since 2020.

Adding to the thrill is England’s flawless record against Italy – a streak they are determined to maintain.

Looking back at last year’s success, a convincing 31-14 win over Italy at Twickenham was a pivotal moment in Borthwick’s reign, following a narrow defeat by Scotland in the opening round.

The victory showcased England’s pragmatic and clinical approach, as well as their depth and versatility.

However, the upcoming showdown against Italy is not without its obstacles.

Key players like Ollie Lawrence, Oscar Beard, and Luke Cowan-Dickie have withdrawn from the Six Nations squad due to injuries. In their place, England have called up the talents of Max Ojomoh, Will Muur, and Jamie Blamire, who will be eager to prove themselves on the international stage.

With a history of grit and glory, England’s journey promises drama and intensity. Can they harness the momentum and overcome the challenges to secure victory in Rome? Brace yourselves for a thrilling start to England’s Six Nations campaign!

Who’s in England’s 2024 Six Nations Squad?

Forwards:

Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Sale Sharks), Chandler Cunningham-South (Harlequins*), Ben Curry (Sale Sharks), Theo Dan (Saracens), Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins), Ben Earl (Saracens), Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears), Jamie George (Saracens) – captain, Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Beno Obano (Bath Rugby), Tom Pearson (Northampton Saints), Ethan Roots (Exeter Chiefs*), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby).

Backs:

Oscar Beard (Harlequins*), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Saracens), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints*), Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (Exeter Chiefs*), George Ford (Sale Sharks), Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints), George Furbank (Northampton Saints), Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks*), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Fin Smith (Northampton Saints*), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Ben Spencer (Bath Rugby), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers).

Saturday, 3rd February 2024: Wales vs Scotland

The Championship is set to continue with a riveting clash between the formidable teams of Wales and Scotland. This electrifying encounter will take place at the grand Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday, February 3rd, kicking off at 4:45 pm GMT.

Presiding over this rugby extravaganza is the experienced referee from New Zealand, Ben O’Keeffe. With a wealth of experience from numerous Super Rugby matches and over 35 international test matches, he is well-equipped to oversee this spectacle.

Wales, reflecting on their impressive performance in 2023, demonstrated their potential in the Rugby World Cup. Despite falling short of the final, their memorable journey promises a robust performance in upcoming tournaments.

Scotland, in contrast, is eager to end their title drought, drawing confidence from their promising 2023 campaign. Their performance in the Rugby World Cup 2023 was a blend of triumphs and setbacks, with notable victories over Tonga and Romania, but losses against heavyweights South Africa and Ireland.

At the helm of Scotland’s journey is head coach Gregor Townsend, a former Scotland international with a successful coaching stint at Glasgow Warriors and Scotland. His expertise and innovative approach continue to navigate Scotland’s course in the tournament.

Wales ( “The Dragons”)

In the midst of a transformative year for Wales, unexpected turns have set the rugby world abuzz. The recent revelation that star winger Louis Rees-Zammit is bidding farewell to the rugby pitch to explore a new path in the NFL has sent shockwaves through the sporting community.

Amidst this whirlwind of change, Dafydd Jenkins steps boldly into the spotlight, embracing the role of captain as Wales prepares to clash with Scotland.

This debut not only marks Jenkins as the second-youngest player ever to lead the senior Wales side, but it also highlights his impressive leadership skills and commanding presence in the second row.

Hailing from Exeter Chiefs, Jenkins brings a dynamic edge to the leadership role.

As Wales gears up for the impending challenges, the absence of World Cup co-captains Jac Morgan and Dewi Lake due to injuries casts a shadow.

Yet, in the face of adversity, a breath of fresh air sweeps through the team with the inclusion of five uncapped players in the 34-player squad.

The roster, a harmonious blend of 19 forwards and 15 backs, introduces Cardiff’s standout players, Alex Mann and Mackenzie Martin, alongside their club compatriots Cameron Winnett (full-back) and Evan Lloyd (hooker).

The nod to Bath prop Archie Griffin and the return of James Botham, who missed the World Cup due to a hamstring injury, add further layers to this revitalized lineup.

With a fusion of new talent and seasoned leaders, Wales braces itself for a thrilling odyssey in the 2024 season. Can this rejuvenated squad soar above the challenges and etch their mark on the Six Nations stage?

Check out Gatland’s take:

Stay tuned for a thrilling chapter in Welsh rugby history!

Who’s in Wales’ 2024 Six Nations Squad?

Forwards:

Corey Domachowski (Cardiff Rugby), Kemsley Mathias (Scarlets), Gareth Thomas (Ospreys), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Evan Lloyd (Cardiff Rugby), Keiron Assiratti (Cardiff Rugby), Leon Brown (Dragons), Archie Griffin (Bath), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs), Will Rowlands (Racing 92), Teddy Williams (Cardiff Rugby), Taine Basham (Dragons), James Botham (Cardiff Rugby), Alex Mann (Cardiff Rugby), Mackenzie Martin (Cardiff Rugby), Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons)

Backs:

Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Kieran Hardy (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby), Sam Costelow (Scarlets), Cai Evans (Dragons), Ioan Lloyd (Scarlets), Mason Grady (Cardiff Rugby), George North (Ospreys), Joe Roberts (Scarlets), Nick Tompkins (Saracens), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby), Rio Dyer (Dragons), Tom Rogers (Scarlets), Cameron Winnett (Cardiff Rugby)

Scotland (“The Thistles”)

Gregor Townsend, the seasoned former fly-half and Scotland’s head coach since 2017, steps into the role as the captain leading Scotland’s charge in the 2024 Six Nations Championship.

Townsend takes the reins after the retirement of Stuart Hogg following on from the 2023 Rugby World Cup, adding an exciting chapter to his illustrious career.

The Scotland squad welcomes fresh faces, with four promising uncapped players making their debut appearance.

Props Alec Hepburn and Will Hurd, winger Arron Reed, and versatile back-three operator Harry Paterson earn their first call-up, infusing youthful vigor and talent into the team.

Each brings a unique skill set, with Hepburn and Reed qualifying through familial connections, while Hurd and Paterson showcase their prowess developed in under-20 and age-grade sides, and Scotland 7s.

In a strategic move, Elliot Millar Mills joins Townsend’s squad, stepping in for the injured Leicester Tigers prop Will Hurd. Playing for Ealing Trailfinders and hailing from a rugby-rich family with ties to England, Mills adds another layer of depth and versatility to the team.

Townsend’s leadership strategy involves the dynamic duo of Finn Russell and Rory Darge as co-captains for the tournament. Russell, a maestro with 67 caps for Scotland and playing for Racing 92 in France, is revered as one of the world’s best fly-halves.

Darge, showcasing his prowess with 15 caps for Scotland and playing for Glasgow Warriors, brings an impressive work rate and physicality to the back row.

The rest of Townsend’s squad maintains a familiar look, with star names like Duhan van der Merwe, Huw Jones, Adam Hastings, and Jamie Ritchie. Comprising a blend of players from Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh Rugby, and those playing outside Scotland, this squad promises a thrilling blend of experience and fresh talent.

As Scotland sets its sights on the Six Nations glory, the stage is set for a captivating journey. Stay tuned for the vibrancy and excitement that these remarkable players will bring to the tournament!

Who’s in Scotland’s 2024 Six Nations Championship Squad?

Forwards:

Ewan Ashman (Edinburgh), Josh Bayliss (Bath), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Andy Christie (Saracens), Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors), Jack Dempsey (Glasgow Warriors), Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), Will Hurd (Leicester Tigers), Johnny Matthews (Glasgow Warriors), WP Nel (Edinburgh), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh), Sam Skinner (Edinburgh), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Glen Young (Edinburgh)

Backs:

Adam Hastings (Gloucester), Ben Healy (Edinburgh), George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Toulouse), Stafford McDowall (Glasgow Warriors), Harry Paterson (Edinburgh), Ali Price (Edinburgh), Cameron Redpath (Bath), Arron Reed (Sale Sharks), Kyle Rowe (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russell (Bath), Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors), Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors), Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh), Ben White (Toulon)

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The Full 80’s adidas Rugby XV Picks of the Year

#1. Cyril Baille

Cyril Baille, a force in French rugby, debuted for Toulouse in 2012, contributing significantly to their success.

With a Top 14 Champion title in 2023 and notable international performances, Baille’s scrummaging prowess and commitment make him a standout in our adidas Rugby XV for the year.

Early Career & Debut

Cyril Baille is a force to be reckoned with in French rugby, with spectacular contributions to Toulouse’s impressive silverware collection. He joined Toulouse’s youth system in 2009 and swiftly rose to make his senior debut in 2012, showing his skill and commitment.

Club Career at Toulouse

He played at least ten games in six consecutive seasons, demonstrating his consistency and dedication.

Baille’s trophy cabinet includes a Top 14 Champion title from the 2023 season, reflecting his pivotal role in Toulouse’s success.

He also shone in numerous European Champions Cup appearances, cementing his reputation as a key figure in the club.

International Career

On the international stage, Baille debuted for France against Samoa in 2016 at the iconic Stade Toulouse.

He was selected for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, where he was an invaluable asset to the national team. During the World Cup, he scored a try against South Africa at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France on 15th October 2023.

Cyril Baille’s journey is marked by his individual excellence and his role in the collective triumphs of both club and country. His scrummaging prowess, commitment, and seasoned presence make him a formidable player in the world of rugby.

His achievements in the 2023/24 season further attest to his skill and dedication to the sport.

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#2. Dan Sheehan

Dan Sheehan, a dynamic force in Irish rugby, has played a pivotal role in Ireland’s recent triumphs, culminating in their remarkable 2023 Six Nations Grand Slam victory. His outstanding performance and unwavering commitment make him an exceptional choice for our esteemed adidas Rugby XV.

Early Career and Debut

Dan Sheehan has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in Irish rugby, making an enduring impact with his remarkable contributions to both Leinster’s impressive achievements and Ireland’s national glory.

In 2020, he seamlessly transitioned into Leinster’s senior squad, making an immediate impact by scoring two tries in his debut match against Zebre in the United Rugby Championship..

International Career and Achievements

His journey in the green jersey commenced in 2021 when he earned his first cap for Ireland, showcasing his skill and versatility as a formidable hooker with powerful scrummaging and dynamic play. Notably, the Aviva Stadium witnessed his prowess on the international stage.

The highlight of his career unfolded in the 2022 Six Nations finale, where he played a pivotal role by scoring a vital try and earned the distinguished title of player-of-the-match in Ireland’s convincing 26–5 victory over Scotland. This triumphant performance secured Ireland’s 12th triple crown.

Recent Successes

Continuing his trajectory of success, this talented and committed player recently added two more tries and secured another player-of-the-match award to his impressive resume.

His contributions were instrumental in Ireland clinching the 2023 Six Nations title, marking their fourth-ever Grand Slam victory.

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#3. Tadhg Furlong

Tadhg Furlong, an influential force as a dominant prop in Irish rugby, has played a pivotal role in Ireland’s notable triumphs, particularly in the Six Nations Championships and Grand Slams.

His unwavering performance and substantial contributions position him as the ideal choice at the #3 spot for our prestigious adidas Rugby XV.

Early Career and Leinster Debut

Tadhg Furlong, renowned for his formidable presence in the scrum, showcases exceptional power and technique while representing both Leinster in the United Rugby Championship and the illustrious Ireland national team.

Joining Leinster’s senior squad in 2015, he swiftly left an enduring mark, playing a central role in Ireland’s triumphs.

Achievements and Accolades

Furlong’s illustrious career includes securing the Six Nations Championship in 2018 and 2023, achieving the Grand Slam in both those remarkable years. His brilliance transcended borders, earning him a well-deserved spot in the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2017, where he made significant contributions in all three test matches.

Recognition of his outstanding performance came with inclusion in World Rugby’s Dream Team of the Year in 2021, marking the second time he received this prestigious accolade.

Recent Successes and International Career

In 2023, Furlong continued to shine on the international stage, helping Ireland win their third Triple Crown in six years with a convincing victory over Scotland at Murrayfield. He also made his 95th appearance for Ireland in the Rugby World Cup, where he was a key figure in the scrum and the loose.

In the dynamic world of rugby union, Furlong remains a dominant player. His enduring success, coupled with his integral role in Ireland’s recent triumphs, solidifies his status as a key figure in the sport.

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#4. Eben Etzbeth

Eben Etzebeth, a stalwart of South African rugby, has made significant contributions at both club and international levels. His stellar performances, including a key role in South Africa’s historic fourth Rugby World Cup title victory, make him an exceptional choice as #4 for our adidas Rugby XV.

Early Life & Introduction to Rugby

Hailing from the vibrant rugby culture of Cape Town, Eben Etzebeth’s journey into the world of rugby began at an early age, showcasing immense promise as he played for Waterhead Wolverines.

Born on October 29, 1991, Etzebeth entered the Western Province youth structures in 2009, making his mark in the Under-18 Craven Week tournament. Since then, his career has been nothing short of stellar.

Club Career and Debut

Making his senior debut for Western Province in 2012, Etzebeth’s formidable presence has been felt across various rugby arenas, from the Stormers and NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes to Toulon and currently the Sharks.

International Career and Achievements

As a cornerstone of the South Africa national rugby team since his international debut in 2012, Etzebeth has earned more than 100 caps, a testament to his enduring excellence on the field. His regular playing position as a number 4 lock aptly places him at the heart of the action.

Recent Successes and Accolades

Etzebeth’s recent rugby achievements are quite impressive, with the year 2023 being particularly standout.

He played a key role in South Africa’s historic fourth Rugby World Cup title victory, earning the accolades of MyPlayers Players’ Player of the Year, 2023 Dream Team, and SA Rugby Player of the Year.

He also became the third most capped Springbok of all time, reaching 110 caps – impressive!

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#5. Scott Barrett

Scott Kevin Barrett, a commanding lock in New Zealand rugby, has been a key player for both the Crusaders and the All Blacks. His exceptional skills, strong tackling, and leadership have been instrumental in the All Blacks’ success, making him a top pick at #5 for our adidas Rugby XV

Early Life & Introduction to Rugby

Born on November 20, 1993, in the rugby-rich town of New Plymouth, Barrett’s journey is intricately woven into the very fabric of the sport.

Coming from a family steeped in rugby tradition, Barrett honed his skills on the fields of Francis Douglas Memorial College in his hometown, showcasing his innate talent and passion for the game from an early age.

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Club Career

Scott Kevin Barrett is a commanding lock in New Zealand rugby, who plays for both the Crusaders in Super Rugby and Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup.

International Career and Debut:

Making his international debut for the All Blacks against Ireland on November 5, 2016, in Chicago marked the inception of a remarkable chapter in Barrett’s career.

Not only did he leave a lasting impression in that match by scoring his first international try, but the conversion was a familial celebration, with his older brother Beauden at the helm.

Achievements and Accolades:

Since that memorable debut, Barrett has been a steadfast presence for New Zealand, amassing over 60 caps in the iconic black jersey.

In 2023, he played a pivotal role in the All Blacks’ success, showcasing his trademark strong tackling and exceptional lineout skills. His influence was particularly evident in the final Bledisloe Cup match against Australia, where he scored a try and delivered a dominant defensive performance.

Barrett’s stellar performance earned him the coveted Man of the Match award, underscoring his indispensable contribution to the team’s victory.

Leadership Role:

While not officially named vice-captain, Barrett has increasingly assumed a leadership role within the All Blacks, especially in the absence of veteran Brodie Retallick. His wealth of experience and vocal presence make him a valued leader both by coaches and teammates alike.

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#6. Caelan Doris

Caelan Doris, a dynamic powerhouse in Irish rugby, has left an indelible mark with significant contributions to both Leinster and the Ireland national team.

His stellar performances, exemplary leadership, and the honor of being named the Irish men’s Players’ Player of the Year 2023 render him an exceptional choice for our adidas Rugby XV, specifically at the esteemed #6 position.

Early Career and Introduction to Rugby

Caelan Doris, commanding the role of number eight for Leinster in the United Rugby Championship and the illustrious Ireland national team, emerged as a dynamic force in Irish rugby.

His ascent onto the senior rugby stage for Leinster in 2018, coupled with a well-deserved promotion to the senior squad ahead of the 2018–19 season, was propelled by standout performances, notably while captaining the Ireland Under-20s.

Club Career and Achievements

With over 50 matches for Leinster under his belt, Doris has solidified his status as a key player for the team, consistently delivering impactful performances on the field.

International Career and Debut

Although his international debut for Ireland in the 2020 Six Nations Championship was brief due to injury, it marked the commencement of a stellar international career.

Since then, Doris has amassed more than 30 caps for Ireland, playing pivotal roles in notable victories against Japan, New Zealand, and Argentina during the summer and autumn internationals of 2023.

Recent Successes and Accolades

Doris’s outstanding contributions reached a pinnacle when he was rightfully selected as the Irish men’s Players’ Player of the Year 2023 at the Rugby Players Ireland awards. This accolade underscores his exceptional prowess, dedication, and leadership, making him an invaluable asset to our adidas Rugby XV at the prestigious #6 position.

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#7. Charles Ollivon

Charles Ollivon, a commanding force in French rugby as a formidable flanker, has consistently exhibited remarkable leadership and resilience, showcasing his prowess for Toulon in the prestigious Top 14 and proudly donning the blue jersey for the France national team.

His extraordinary achievements, including leading France to victory as captain and staging a triumphant comeback in 2023, firmly establish him as the top choice at #7 for our adidas Rugby XV.

Early Career and Introduction to Rugby

Charles Ollivon’s journey as a commanding flanker in French rugby commenced with a debut against Bordeaux Bègles on March 30, 2013.

Since then, he has left an enduring impact, amassing over 90 matches for Toulon and an impressive 70 points on the scoreboard.

International Career and Debut

Ollivon’s international debut on November 8, 2014, against Fiji laid the foundation for a brilliant career. With over 30 caps and 75 points for France, his influence on the national stage is undeniable.

Leadership Role and Achievements

In a defining moment, Coach Fabien Galthié appointed Ollivon as the captain of the French men’s national rugby team in January 2020, succeeding the esteemed Guilhem Guirado.

Leading by example, Ollivon’s first game as captain against England was nothing short of extraordinary, scoring two tries and steering the team to a triumphant 24-17 victory.

Recent Successes and Comeback

Ollivon’s 2023 achievements are also noteworthy, as he overcame injury setbacks and rediscovered his form. He made a successful comeback for Toulon in the Challenge Cup final against Glasgow in May, showing he was still a force to be reckoned with. 

He also captained the Barbarians against a strong Fiji XV in November, earning praise for his leadership and passion. He’s been instrumental in Toulon’s strong start to the 2023-24 Top 14 season, leading by example and showcasing his leadership qualities.

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#8. Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea, a key figure in New Zealand rugby, has demonstrated exceptional skill and leadership for the All Blacks and the Hurricanes.

His notable achievements, including the World Rugby Player of the Year and New Zealand Player of the Year awards, make him a standout choice at #8 for our adidas Rugby XV

Early Life and Introduction to Rugby

Born on October 14, 1993, in Wellington, New Zealand, Ardie Savea has emerged as a standout figure in New Zealand rugby, excelling as a flanker or number 8 for Wellington in the Bunnings NPC, the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and the revered New Zealand All Blacks.

His rugby journey commenced with the Academy Bayonne side at the age of 16, swiftly earning promotion to the main side in 2012 at the age of 19.

Club Career and Debut

The inauguration of Savea’s illustrious career took place with his professional debut against Bordeaux Bègles on March 30, 2013, amassing over 90 matches played for Toulon and an impressive 70 points on the scoreboard.

International Career and Debut

Savea’s international journey includes representing the New Zealand U20 team in 2013 and donning the Barbarian F.C. jersey in 2015. His debut for the All Blacks against Ireland on November 5, 2016, in Chicago set the stage for a remarkable international career, with over 60 tests played since.

Achievements and Accolades

As a member of New Zealand’s 2019 Rugby World Cup squad, Savea’s exceptional contributions earned him a nomination for the 2019 World Rugby Player of the Year. Notably, he took on the role of captain for the All Blacks in 2021.

Savea’s 2023 achievements are also noteworthy, as he capped off an incredible year by receiving the highest individual honour in rugby, the World Rugby Player of the Year, beating out other superstars like Antoine Dupont and Eben Etzebeth. He also claimed the New Zealand Player of the Year award for the third consecutive year, a testament to his consistent brilliance for the All Blacks.

Despite narrowly missing out on the World Cup title, Savea was recognized as the All Blacks’ standout player of the tournament. He also won the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year, the top rugby award in New Zealand, further solidifying his status as the country’s premier player. He led his Super Rugby Pacific team, the Hurricanes, to a strong performance throughout the season.

Recent Achievements:

Throughout 2023, Savea consistently delivered match-winning performances, showcasing his signature blend of power, skill, and athleticism. He scored 11 tries across all competitions, made countless tackles, and led the attack with his vision and playmaking ability.

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#9. Antoine Dupont

Antoine Dupont, a French rugby phenomenon, has shown exceptional skill and leadership for Toulouse and the France national team.

His numerous accolades, including the World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year award and three Six Nations Player of the Championships titles, make him a top pick for our adidas Rugby XV at #9.

Early Life and Introduction to Rugby

Hailing from Lannemezan, Antoine Dupont commenced his rugby journey at the age of 4 with Magnoac FC. His rise to greatness began in Castres in the Top 14 in 2014, followed by a move to Toulouse in 2016.

Dupont has not only become one of the greatest players globally but is a trailblazer of his generation, marked by numerous accolades.

Club Career and Achievements

In 2019, he led Toulouse to a historic domestic and European double, winning the Top 14 and the European Rugby Champions Cup. He also captained the team to another Top 14 title in 2023, earning the Top 14 Player of the Season award for the second time.

International Career and Accolades

Dupont’s impact extends beyond the club level, as he claimed the prestigious World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year award in 2021.

His outstanding performances in the Six Nations Championships have been nothing short of extraordinary, earning him the Player of the Championships title three times, a record for a French player.

The International Player of the Season title at the Nuit du Rugby Awards, secured for the third consecutive year, is a testament to his consistent brilliance with France.

Recent Successes and Recognition

Continuing to solidify his status as one of the world’s finest, Dupont found himself shortlisted for the World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year award once again, competing against luminaries like Ardie Savea and Eben Etzebeth.

Adding to his illustrious collection, he clinched the Midi Olympique World Oscar for the third consecutive year, a testament to being recognized as the best player in the world by this renowned French publication.

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#10. Richie Mo’unga

Richie Mo’unga, a rugby virtuoso from New Zealand, has shown exceptional leadership and skill for the Crusaders and the All Blacks.

His numerous accolades, including being ranked as the greatest Super Rugby player of all time and leading the Crusaders to an unprecedented six-year winning streak, make him a top pick at #10 for our adidas Rugby XV.

Early Career and Introduction to Rugby

Since the onset of 2020, Mo’unga has not only emerged as one of New Zealand’s preeminent first five-eighths but has also etched his name indelibly in rugby history.

His artistry at the fly-half position is a testament to his innate talent and dedication.

Club Career and Achievements

Mo’unga’s journey through Super Rugby has been nothing short of extraordinary. He orchestrated the Crusaders to consecutive titles in Super Rugby Aotearoa in 2020 and 2021, further extending the triumph to the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, culminating in an unprecedented six-year winning streak for the formidable side.

Recognition and Accolades

The acclaim for Mo’unga transcends regional success, as revered All Blacks legends Jeff Wilson and Mils Muliaina have bestowed upon him the title of the greatest Super Rugby player of all time.

His leadership has been pivotal in guiding the Crusaders to an unparalleled six straight victories, securing Super Rugby Aotearoa crowns in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.

With an impressive tally of 44 All Blacks caps, a memorable Rugby World Cup campaign, and an extraordinary six consecutive titles with the Crusaders, Mo’unga stands as a towering figure in the world of rugby. His prowess at the #10 position makes him the quintessential choice for our adidas Rugby XV, ready to orchestrate plays with finesse and lead the team to new heights of success.

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#11. Will Jordan

Will Jordan, a virtuoso in scoring tries hailing from New Zealand, has demonstrated exceptional skill and impact, leaving a permanent imprint for Tasman Mako and the revered All Blacks.

His outstanding achievements, notably securing the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year award in 2021, position him as an exemplary choice for our adidas Rugby XV at #11.

Early Life and Introduction to Rugby:

Born on February 24, 1998, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Will Jordan emerged as a try-scoring sensation from Christchurch Boys’ High School.

His journey from Tasman Mako’s debut in 2017 to receiving the prestigious 2021 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year award is nothing short of spectacular.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 28: Will Jordan of the New Zealand All Blacks takes on Cheslin Kolbe during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Gold Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade de France on October 28, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Club Career:

Jordan’s impact was pivotal in Tasman’s historic premiership title in 2019, showcasing his flair and X-factor.

His prowess continued to shine in Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020, solidifying his reputation as a dynamic force on the field. The crescendo of his rise reached its zenith with an All Blacks debut in 2020, marking the inception of a remarkable international career.

Achievements and Recognition:

In a standout performance in 2021, Jordan left a lasting impression by scoring five tries against Tonga, approaching a record set by Marc Ellis in 1995. This meteoric impact earned him the coveted World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year Award in 2021.

In 2023, Jordan played an integral role in the All Blacks’ sensational 41-12 victory over Argentina and contributed significantly to their triumph in the 2023 Rugby World Cup final against South Africa.

His hattrick of tries in the 44-6 semi-final demolition of Argentina established him as the leading try-scorer in the tournament, equaling the records set by rugby legends Jonah Lomu (1995), Bryan Habana (2007), and Julian Savea (2015).

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#12. Jordie Barrett

On-Field Prowess and Versatility

Jordie Barrett, born on February 17, 1997, in New Plymouth, New Zealand, emerges as a standout and robust back, showcasing unparalleled versatility in the dynamic realm of New Zealand rugby.

His on-field mastery is truly exceptional, seamlessly navigating various positions, including fullback, fly-half, wing, inside centre, and outside centre.

This rare ability to transition effortlessly across positions sets him apart, and his reliability as a goal kicker adds another dimension to his already dynamic skill set.

Early Career and Achievements

Jordie’s rugby journey commenced at age-grade level when he represented New Zealand in the 2016 under-20 side at the World Championships in England.

Notably, he earned accolades such as the Duane Monkley Medal for Mitre 10 Cup Player of the Year in 2016 and the Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year in 2017, underscoring his early success and promise in the sport.

All Blacks Debut and Career

Making his All Blacks debut in 2017 marked a pivotal moment in Jordie’s career. Since then, he has played 51 games for the national team, amassing an impressive 279 points. In 2021, he etched his name in All Blacks history with a match-winning 50-metre goal-kick against South Africa during a triumphant Rugby Championship campaign.

Recent Achievements

In 2022, Jordie Barrett demonstrated his exceptional adaptability by seamlessly transitioning into the midfield, affirming his versatility on the international stage.

The following year, his pivotal role in the All Blacks’ remarkable 41-12 triumph over Argentina in Mendoza showcased not only his individual brilliance but also his ability to contribute significantly to team success.

This stellar performance continued in the 2023 Rugby World Cup final against South Africa, where Barrett played a key role in securing the victory. These achievements further solidified his status as an indispensable player in New Zealand rugby.

As a stalwart of the game, Jordie Barrett’s impact goes beyond the positions he plays.The numerous accolades he has earned make him a top pick at #12 for the adidas Rugby XV.

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#13. Manu Tuilagi

Manu Tuilagi, a powerhouse centre in English rugby, has demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication for both Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks.

Born on May 18, 1991, in Fogapoa, Samoa, Tuilagi now proudly represents England on the international stage, a journey that unfolded through residency qualification.

Club Rugby Career

In the realm of club rugby, Tuilagi’s impactful career has seen him don the jerseys of both Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks. His performances have been instrumental in the success of both clubs, showcasing his versatility and commitment to the sport.

Accolades and Achievements

Tuilagi boasts a string of accolades from his time with the England rugby team. A standout moment includes clinching the 2020 Six Nations Championship and achieving the Triple Crown in both 2016 and 2020.

His remarkable contributions also led to triumphs such as the Millennium Trophy in 2012, 2013, and 2020, along with a commendable Runner-up finish in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

2023 Performance

In 2023, Tuilagi was a key cog in England’s stirring victory over Argentina. The statistics of Tuilagi’s display – three carries for seven metres, nine completed tackles – get nowhere close to outlining his influence. His exceptional intervention and intuitive defence were noteworthy.

Beyond Fifteens

Beyond the fifteens game, Tuilagi has left his mark in the fast-paced world of England Sevens, showcasing his versatility and commitment to the sport. As a stalwart in the rugby arena, Manu Tuilagi’s journey is a testament to his dedication and the indomitable spirit he brings to every match.

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#14. Damian Penaud

Damian Penaud is a wing wizard of French rugby, who plays for the esteemed Top 14 club Bordeaux Bègles and the France national team.

Born on September 25, 1996, in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, Penaud stands tall at 6ft 2in (1.88m) and weighs 14st 9lb (93kg).

Early Career and Achievements

Penaud started his rugby journey in the Clermont Academy, where he honed his skills and represented France in the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship. His senior rugby career blossomed with Clermont Auvergne, where he won several trophies.

National Impact

Penaud’s influence on the national stage is impressive, marked by 10 tries in 48 appearances for the French national team.

He played a pivotal role in the squad’s triumph in the 2022 Six Nations Championship and earned recognition as the standout player in the autumn internationals of 2022.

2023 Achievements

In 2023, Damian Penaud made a significant move to Bordeaux Bègles, solidifying his presence among the top clubs in France. He continued to exert his dominance on the international stage, adding 10 more tries to his impressive tally for the French national team.

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#15. Freddie Steward

Athletic Prowess and On-Field Mastery

Freddie Steward, at the age of 23, has swiftly risen to prominence as a fullback for the Leicester Tigers and the England national team.

His on-field mastery is characterized by a remarkable blend of athleticism, defensive expertise, and offensive finesse, showcasing not only his current talent but also his potential to significantly impact the future of rugby.

Achievements in 2022

In 2022, Steward’s stellar performances reached new heights when he was awarded the prestigious RPA Young Player of the Year and England Men’s Player of the Season awards.

His contributions to the Leicester Tigers during the season were nothing short of exceptional, providing a clear indication of his talent and promising future in the sport.

Contribution to Leicester Tigers’ Success in 2023

Steward continued to play a pivotal role in the Leicester Tigers’ triumphant 2023 Premiership Rugby season. His defensive acumen and occasional long-range kicks were defining moments, significantly contributing to the team’s success and solidifying his status as a key player in the club’s victorious journey.

International Debut and Career

Making his international debut against the USA at Twickenham in 2021, Steward quickly established himself as a regular and influential figure in the national squad. This marked the beginning of what is expected to be a remarkable international career, further enhancing his reputation as a rising star in rugby.

Global Recognition in 2022

Steward’s global recognition came in 2022 when he earned a coveted spot on the prestigious World Rugby Team of the Year. His consistently exceptional performances not only showcased his individual brilliance but also demonstrated a level of excellence that transcended the game itself.

England Men’s Player of the Season in 2023

In 2023, Steward was once again honored as the England Men’s Player of the Season, securing the award for the second consecutive year. His unwavering commitment and exceptional skill reaffirmed his position as a cornerstone of England’s success, foreshadowing a future where Steward’s brilliance will continue to illuminate the field at both the club and international levels.

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Our Top 15 at a Glance

Did your favourite adidas signed player make the cut?

As we wrap up our journey through the elite adidas Rugby XV, it’s evident that each player brings a unique blend of skill and passion to the field.

From Cyril Baille’s scrummaging prowess to Ardie Savea’s dynamic playmaking, these athletes have left an indelible mark on the world of rugby. We look forward to witnessing their continued success on the pitch and invite you to share your thoughts on your favourite players.

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#1. Premium Rugby Boots

#2. Pro Rugby Boots

#3. Boots on a Budget

A Rugby Boot Overview

Early rugby boots all shared the same chunky shape, thick leather and metal composition, padded ankle and toe support, and solid soleplates with musket bullets for studs, specifically with the forwards game in mind.  

We understand everyone’s got different budget sizes. So, our list of the best forwards boots below is split into three categories – Premium, Pro and Budget Friendly

Playing in the UK?

We advise buying Soft Ground Boots (SG), so you’ll get the most use throughout the typically wet rugby season. If you happen to use artificial turf or live in a temperate climate, Artificial Ground (AG) football Boots are ideal, but Firm Ground (FG) rugby/football boots will do.

For those living in temperate climates with firmer natural pitches, firm ground boots are favoured.  

Premium Boots

Nike Phantom GX

What makes this boot stand out is the Agility Soleplate, a flexible open arch chassis. Highly competitive players will benefit from the Elite model because it features the full soleplate works, with more advanced textures such as Nike’s latest GripKnit technology for maximum grip on the ball and a snazzy 13 stud Tri-Star setup for dynamic lateral agility.

Nike Phantom Elite GX Soft Ground Football Boots – £245 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Some backs choose the Phantom, but they’re suitable for back row players, as Jack Nowell demonstrated while filling in at flanker in England’s valiant 14-man effort against Ireland.   

Nike Phantom Elite GX Soft Ground Football Boots – £245 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

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.

Puma Future Ultimate MxSG Football Boots – NOW £160 (Was £199.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

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 Lovell-rugby.co.uk

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 Lovell-rugby.co.uk

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, set to make waves during the upcoming Six Nations Championship. Boost your techniques with these Mizuno Morelia Neo IV Elite SG Football Boots, specially engineered to provide a barefoot feeling with numerous improvements.

Mizuno Morelia Neo IV Elite SG Football Boots – £185 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

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.

Mizuno Morelia Neo IV Elite SG Football Boots – £185 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

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

A cracking pair of rugby-specific boots tailored for games on soft ground. Puma have pretty much perfected the mid-range forward’s boot with these bad boys.

Puma Avant Pro 8 Stud Boots – NOW £105 (Was £129.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

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 Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Puma King Pro H8

It’s hard to make a case for any other mid-range rugby boot, regardless of your playing position.

Puma King Pro H8 Boots – NOW £45 (Was £90) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Puma have taken the coolest football boot silhouette ever, the timeless King, and given it a proper rugby redo.  

Puma King Pro H8 Boots – NOW £65 (Was £90) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

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.

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Canterbury Phoenix Elite SG Boots – £140 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

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.  

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Canterbury Phoenix Elite SG Boots – £140 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Canterbury Stampede Pro

Stand your ground in the scrum. If you’re a tight five player, look no further than these boots, made with extremely tough polyurethane leather by Kiwi rugby connoisseurs Canterbury. These soft ground boots are the ideal hooves for forwards looking to cause havoc in and around breakdowns.

Canterbury Stampede Pro SG Boots – NOW £85 (Was £94.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

The durable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) outsole is hardwearing, and houses eight 13mm metal studs with three moulds, helping players to physically and mentally dig in. 

Canterbury Stampede Pro SG Boots – NOW £85 (Was £94.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Budget Friendly Boots

Kooga Power

You cannot 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.

KooGa Power SG Rugby Boots – NOW £40 (Was £79.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

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. 

KooGa Power SG Rugby Boots – NOW £40 (Was £79.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

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 Lovell-rugby.co.uk

In the meantime, you can check out the most popular rugby boots used by players of all positions below.

  

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The Best Rugby Boots for Kids under £50 – 2023

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#1. adidas Kakari

#2. Canterbury Speed Team

#3. Puma Future Match

#4. Kooga Power

#5. Nike Mercurial Vapor

Field-Ready Fashion: Stylish and Affordable Picks for Young Players

In today’s game, vibrant designs and bold colour detailing are essential for young players. Say goodbye to traditional monotone blueprints and embrace eye-catching styles that make your kids the envy of their friends.

And while exotic colourways are all the rage, we’ve curated a selection striking the perfect balance between sleek looks and budget-friendly prices.

#1. adidas Kakari SG – £36

Introducing the adidas Kakari SG Junior Rugby Boots – the ultimate game-changer for young players on the rugby field. These boots are the key to unlocking their true potential, igniting a spark that will set their game on fire and leave opponents in awe!

Meticulously crafted to provide an empowering experience that will make their opponents quake in their boots, the adidas Kakari marks the sweet spot between optimal performance and affordability.

adidas Kakari SG Junior Boots – NOW £36 (Was £44.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Sporting a lightweight synthetic upper and a secure lacing system, these boots deliver a locked-in feel that ensures maximum control and agility throughout training sessions and matches.

But wait, there’s more! The Kakari dons an asymmetrical lacing system, drawing inspiration from the classic Predator design, elevating their kicking accuracy to the next level. Say goodbye to missed kicks and hello to flawless drop-kicks, punts, passes, and the potential for goal-scoring greatness!

adidas Kakari SG Junior Boots – NOW £36 (Was £44.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

They’ll be dancing circles around their opponents while looking incredibly stylish with the iconic three-stripe adidas branding.

For the perfect fusion of performance and fashion for the aspiring rugby stars of tomorrow, look no further than the adidas Kakari!

Key Takeaways

  • Performance and Affordability: Strikes the perfect balance for young players on a budget.
  • Lightweight and Agile: Features a lightweight synthetic upper for swift movement.
  • Secure Fit: Equipped with a secure lacing system for control and agility.
  • Enhanced Kicking Accuracy: Asymmetrical lacing system elevates kicking precision inspired by the classic Predator design.
  • Stylish Branding: Iconic three-stripe adidas branding for a stylish on-field appearance.

#2. Canterbury Speed Infinite Team – £40

Fed up with boots that quickly wear out? The Canterbury Speed Team rugby boots may just be the solution you’ve been searching for to keep up with your child’s boundless energy and gravity-defying rugby skills!

Equip your child with the Speed Team Rugby Boots and witness their explosive breakthroughs in the back line, and marvel as their performance ascends to new heights.

Canterbury Speed Infinite Team SG Rugby Boots Kids – NOW £40 (Was £44.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Perfect for the more nimble player, the Speed Team houses a minimalist upper that facilitates fluid motion and a sleek fit to promote swift acceleration on the field.

The soft-ground design of the Speed Team boots ensures agile movement, allowing your child to make quick cuts and changes in direction with the grace of a gazelle (or at least close to it).

Whether they’re side-stepping tackles like Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong or sprinting down the field like Wales’ Louis Rees-Zammit, these boots have got them covered like a superhero’s cape.

Canterbury Speed Infinite Team SG Rugby Boots Kids – NOW £40 (Was £44.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Complete with a scuff-resistant synthetic upper, the Canterbury Speed Team ensures they can withstand the demands of intense matches, keeping up with your child’s fast-paced playing style season after season.

So, equip your child with these boots, and watch as they conquer the rugby field with unrivalled style, precision, and comfort!

Key Takeaways

  • Swift and Sleek Design: Minimalist upper ensures fluid motion and acceleration, ideal for nimble players.
  • Agile on Soft Ground: Soft-ground design allows quick cuts and direction changes with the grace of a gazelle.
  • Versatile Performance: Provides coverage for sidestepping tackles or sprinting down the field, ensuring superhero-like play.
  • Durable and Scuff-Resistant: Scuff-resistant synthetic upper withstands intense matches, keeping up with your child’s fast-paced style.
  • Stylish Precision and Comfort: Equips your child for rugby dominance with unrivaled style, precision, and comfort.

#3. Puma Future Match .3 – £48

Crafted with a premium synthetic leather upper, the Puma Future Match boots are primed to tackle the demands of intense matches and countless training sessions, making them the perfect fit for the rugby pitch’s kings and queens!

Puma Future Match.3 Junior Firm Ground Football Boots – NOW £48 (Was £59.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

When it comes to the ‘Future’, these boots take support and stability to a whole new level with its integrated micro-perforated heel padding, reducing the risk of injury and giving your young players the confidence to tackle any challenge.

But the features don’t stop there. The Puma Future Match houses an adaptive FUZIONFIT360 upper that adds a touch of flexibility whilst delivering ultimate comfort, allowing them to stay focused, agile, and ready to conquer the game.

Puma Future Match.3 Junior Firm Ground Football Boots – NOW £48 (Was £59.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Equip your child with the Puma King Match.3 Junior Firm Ground Rugby Boots today and watch their game reach new heights.

Key Takeaways:

  • Intense Performance: Primed to tackle the demands of intense matches and training, ideal for the rugby pitch’s rising stars.
  • Micro-Perforated Heel Padding: Integrated micro-perforated heel padding enhances support and stability, reducing the risk of injury for young players.
  • Adaptive FUZIONFIT360 Upper: The FUZIONFIT360 upper adds flexibility and delivers ultimate comfort, keeping young players focused, agile, and ready to conquer the game.

#4. Kooga Power – £32

Get ready to unleash their power potential with the Kooga Power Rugby Boots, designed to take your child’s performance to the next level. These boots are packed with exceptional features that make them the ideal choice for aspiring rugby stars!

Achieving a secure fit is a breeze with the lace fastening system, guaranteeing maximum stability for young feet. And with a raised padded ankle collar, your child can experience the bonus of extra support, providing both unparalleled comfort and essential protection during intense gameplay.

KooGa Power Rugby Boots Junior – NOW £32 (Was £62.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

With a cushioned insole, these boots pamper young feet, allowing for focused performance, whilst metal studs offer unparalleled grip, ensuring control and agility on soft-ground surfaces, regardless of the weather conditions.

When it comes to the Kooga Power, these boots don’t just perform; they make a statement. The distinctive signature logo and Kooga branding embody quality and style.

KooGa Power Rugby Boots Junior – NOW £32 (Was £62.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Complete with a robust leather upper, the Kooga Power strikes the perfect balance between durability and flexibility, while the synthetic inner and sole enhance comfort and performance.

When your kids step onto the field in the Kooga Power Rugby Boots, they’ll radiate confidence, equipped with a distinctive combination of style, functionality, and unparalleled power.

Key Takeaways:

  • Secure Lace Fastening: Achieve a secure fit with the lace fastening system, ensuring maximum stability for young feet.
  • Raised Padded Ankle Collar: Experience extra support with the raised padded ankle collar, offering unparalleled comfort and essential protection during intense gameplay.
  • Cushioned Insole for Focus: Pamper young feet with a cushioned insole, allowing for focused performance on the field.
  • Metal Studs for Unparalleled Grip: Metal studs offer unparalleled grip on soft-ground surfaces, ensuring control and agility in varying weather conditions.

#5. Nike Mercurial Vapor Club – £45

The Nike Mercurial Vapor Club Junior FG Football Boots are an excellent choice for rugby players, especially juniors, thanks to their remarkable features and design.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Club Junior FG Football Boots – £45 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Equipped with moulded studs, these boots provide exceptional stability and traction on firm ground surfaces, making them perfect for the demands of rugby.

With these boots, players can confidently maintain their footing and make quick directional changes, enabling them to perform at their best during intense matches.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Club Junior FG Football Boots – £45 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

But it’s not just about traction. These boots prioritize comfort to ensure an enjoyable playing experience. With a cushioned insole and padded ankle collar, these features work together to provide superior cushioning and support, reducing the risk of discomfort and potential injuries.

With the Nike Mercurial Vapor Club Junior FG Football Boots, young rugby players can fully focus on their skills and technique without being hindered by discomfort or distractions.

For a reliable set of wheels, these boots excel in both performance and style, making them a great choice for young rugby players. With their outstanding traction, comfort features, and sleek design, they offer the ideal combination of functionality and aesthetics.

Don’t miss out on giving your young rugby stars the advantage they deserve!

Key Takeaways:

  • Exceptional Stability and Traction: Equipped with moulded studs for exceptional stability and traction on firm ground surfaces, ideal for the demands of rugby.
  • Confident Footing and Directional Changes: Enables players to confidently maintain their footing and make quick directional changes, enhancing performance during intense matches.
  • Comfort-First Design: Prioritizes comfort with a cushioned insole and padded ankle collar, providing superior cushioning and support to reduce the risk of discomfort and injuries.

Like what you see? Be sure to check out our full range of Kid’s Football Boots at Lovell-rugby.co.uk. In the meantime, be sure to stay in the loop with all the latest Rugby News, Guides & Boot Launches at The Full 80.

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The Best Rugby Boots for Backs 2023/24

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#1. Nike Tiempo Legend

#2. Canterbury Speed Infinite

#3.Adizero RS15

#4. adidas Predator Malice

#5. Adizero RS7

#6.Mizuno Morelia Neo III

#1. Nike Tiempo Legend 10

Get ready to step into the realm of legends with the Tiempo 10, the elite football boot designed to elevate your performance on the field.

These boots are the ultimate game-changer, boasting cutting-edge FlyTouch Plus engineered leather that surpasses natural leather in softness and delivers a perfect fit for an unrivalled feel.

ACC Technology: Your Weather Warrior

Rain or shine, the Tiempo 10 has got your back. With its All Conditions Control technology, these boots ensure a steadfast grip that allows you to dictate the game’s pace with confidence. But hey, it’s not just about control. These boots are built for speed and agility too.

Nike Tiempo Legend 10 Elite SG PRO AC Soft Ground Boots – £235 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Weighing lighter and featuring a sleeker design than last year’s generation, they’re the perfect choice for backs players who need to deliver precise passes or sprint to defend.

With enhanced touch sensation, a natural fit, and optimal traction from strategically placed conical studs, the Tiempo 10 empowers you to excel in every aspect of your game.

Incredible Versatility: A Game-Changer for All Positions

But what makes the Tiempo Legend truly special is its incredible versatility. It doesn’t just cater to forwards; it’s a game-changer for Fly-Halfs too. The cushioned feel when you connect with the ball gives you unparalleled control and precision.

Nike Tiempo Legend 10 Elite SG PRO AC Soft Ground Boots – £235 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

It’s like having the best of both worlds – protection and finesse all in one boot. That’s why the Tiempo 10 is the go-to choice for players who want to unleash their full potential and take their game to the next level.

So, are you ready to embark on a journey of greatness and embrace the future of rugby footwear with the Tiempo 10?

Key Features:

  • FlyTouch Plus Engineered Leather: Surpasses natural leather in softness and delivers a perfect fit for an unrivalled feel.
  • All Conditions Control Technology: Ensures a steadfast grip that allows you to dictate the game’s pace with confidence, regardless of the weather.
  • Lightweight & Sleek Design: Weighs lighter and features a sleeker design than last year’s generation, making it the perfect choice for backs players.
  • Enhanced Touch Sensation & Optimal Traction: Empowers you to excel in every aspect of your game with strategically placed conical studs.
  • Versatility: Offers a cushioned feel when you connect with the ball, providing unparalleled control and precision. It’s a game-changer for both forwards and Fly-Halfs.

#2. Canterbury Speed Infinite

Gear up and elevate your game with the Canterbury Speed Infinite Elite Rugby Boots, the ultimate choice for back players who crave that extra edge on the field.

Lightweight & Durable

Complete with a lightweight synthetic upper and strengthened by stitch reinforcement and a breathable VAPOSKIN membrane, these boots offer the perfect balance of durability and flexibility. With these boots on your feet, you can focus solely on your game without any distractions.

Canterbury Speed Infinite Elite SG Boots – NOW £100 (Was £139.99 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk)

Engergy Efficient & Stable

But the advantages don’t stop there…

The tight fit of these boots minimizes energy loss, allowing for rapid acceleration that will leave your opponents in the dust. And with FLIGHTBEAM technology and Pebax Powered® materials within the outsole, you can expect explosive energy response and unparalleled stability on the field.

Canterbury Speed Infinite Elite SG Boots – NOW £100 (Was £139.99 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk)

Comfort Redefined

But the perks don’t stop there. These boots are designed with additional features that take comfort to a whole new level. The knitted collar, targeted padding, and Ortholite® footbed offer exceptional comfort, keeping you in the game for longer and enabling you to perform at your absolute best.

So, are you ready to experience the future of rugby footwear? The Canterbury Speed Infinite Elite Rugby Boots are here to help you dominate the field like never before.

Get ready to take your game to the next level!

Key Features:

  • Lightweight & Durable: Made with a lightweight synthetic upper, stitch reinforcement, and a breathable VAPOSKIN membrane for the perfect balance of durability and flexibility.
  • Energy Efficient & Stable: The tight fit minimizes energy loss for rapid acceleration. FLIGHTBEAM technology and Pebax Powered® materials in the outsole provide explosive energy response and unparalleled stability.
  • Comfort Redefined: Designed with a knitted collar, targeted padding, and an Ortholite® footbed for exceptional comfor

#3. adidas RS15

The adidas RS15 Pro Rugby Boots are the ideal choice for backs who want to excel on the field. Engineered for rapid responsiveness in every direction, these boots give backs the agility and quick reactions they need during dynamic play.

Fusionskin for a First-Class Feel

Crafted with seamless Fusionskin leather, the RS15 offers a first-class feel and a customized fit, ensuring maximum comfort during fast-paced movements.

adidas RS15 Pro SG Boots – £220 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Stay confidently strapped in during intense sprints with rigid stability wings, ripstop fabric, and foam Sensepods. The asymmetrical lacing and 3D-printed elements on the upper provide exceptional ball contact, resulting in improved accuracy when delivering powerful kicks and passes.

Explosive Speedframe Outsole

With the Speedframe outsole providing biting traction, backs can effortlessly maintain control and unleash explosive bursts of speed whenever the game demands. Rejoice!

adidas RS15 Pro SG Boots – £220 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Whether it’s darting through gaps, accelerating to outrun opponents, or delivering precise kicks, the adidas RS15 Pro Rugby Boots provide the competitive edge that backs crave.

Key Features:

  • Rapid Responsiveness: Engineered for quick reactions and agility during dynamic play.
  • Seamless Fusionskin Leather: Offers a first-class feel and a customized fit, ensuring maximum comfort during fast-paced movements.
  • Stability and Comfort: Features rigid stability wings, ripstop fabric, and foam Sensepods to keep you confidently strapped in during intense sprints.
  • Exceptional Ball Contact: The asymmetrical lacing and 3D-printed elements on the upper provide improved accuracy when delivering powerful kicks and passes.
  • Speedframe Outsole: Provides biting traction, allowing backs to maintain control and unleash explosive bursts of speed.

#4. adidas Predator Malice

If you’re an eagle-eyed fan of the rugby world, you’ve likely spotted these sleek boots on the feet of legends like Finn Russell, Beauden Barrett, and Richie Mo’unga.

Dynamic Kicking Excellence

But if you haven’t had the pleasure, allow us to present the ultimate partner in crime for Inside Backs – the adidas Predator Malice. These rugby boots are packed with remarkable features that will leave half-backs and any back with a killer kicking game weak at the knees.

adidas Predator Malice Soft Ground Boots – NOW £160 (Was £199.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Just picture it: distinctive rubberized diamond embellishments, an asymmetrical lacing system, and a toebox specifically designed to enhance control and feel when striking that ball.

adidas Predator Malice Soft Ground Boots – NOW £160 (Was £199.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Accuracy Redefined

Watch as your accuracy and distance soar to new heights, turning those crucial kicks into a piece of cake. And let’s not forget about the durable synthetic leather upper and unique stud configuration that guarantees to give you that extra momentum on the field!

Key Features:

  • Distinctive Design: Features rubberized diamond embellishments, an asymmetrical lacing system, and a toebox specifically designed to enhance control and feel when striking the ball.
  • Improved Accuracy and Distance: Helps your accuracy and distance soar to new heights, turning those crucial kicks into a piece of cake.
  • Durable and Unique: Comes with a durable synthetic leather upper and unique stud configuration.

#5. adidas Adizero RS7

Now, let’s shift our focus to the ideal choice for outside backs, including the lightning-fast wingers and nimble fullbacks – the adidas RS7 Rugby Boots. Prepare to be unstoppable!

Cutting-Edge Design

Just like their Predator counterparts, these boots feature Geofit, Sensepods, and a Primegreen upper, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit that feels like a second skin.

adidas Adizero RS7 Soft Ground Boots – NOW £140 (Was £179.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Field-Wide Performance

But that’s not all that makes the RS7 boots special. They have been specifically crafted for those wider expanses of the field, where aggressive stud patterns and a featherlight construction provide unrivalled support during lightning-quick accelerations, sudden decelerations, and swift changes of direction.

adidas Adizero RS7 Soft Ground Boots – NOW £140 (Was £179.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

With the RS7 boots in your arsenal, you’ll experience heightened responsiveness and gain a clear advantage in those expansive channels.

Prepare to unleash your full potential and dominate the field like never before.

Key Features

  • Geofit, Sensepods, and Primegreen Upper: Ensures a secure and comfortable fit that feels like a second skin.
  • Aggressive Stud Patterns and Featherlight Construction: Provides unrivalled support during lightning-quick accelerations, sudden decelerations, and swift changes of direction.
  • Heightened Responsiveness: Gain a clear advantage in those expansive channels with the RS7 boots in your arsenal.

#6. Mizuno Morelia Neo IV

Now, let’s shift our focus to another game-changer for Backs players – the Mizuno MIJ Neo IV . These boots are the epitome of high performance, crafted to meet the demands of speed, agility, and precision on the field.

Mizuno Made In Japan Neo IV Soft Ground Football Boots – NOW £240 (Was £299.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Lightweight Agility: Kangaroo Leather Mastery

The lightweight Kangaroo leather upper offers both durability and agility, allowing you to swiftly navigate through movements and execute quick direction changes with finesse.

As for the moulded outsole, it ensures exceptional grip on Soft natural pitches. But wait, there’s more!

Mizuno Made In Japan Neo IV Soft Ground Football Boots – NOW £240 (Was £299.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Unparalleled Touch: Mizuno MIJ Neo IV’s Responsive Feel

The Mizuno MIJ Neo IV is renowned for its unparalleled responsive feel and excellent touch, taking your ball control and precision to unprecedented heights. With these boots, Backs players are empowered to excel and leave their mark on the field, showcasing their true potential.

Step up your game and make an unforgettable impact on the rugby field!

Key Features:

  • Lightweight Kangaroo Leather Upper: Offers both durability and agility, allowing you to swiftly navigate through movements and execute quick direction changes with finesse.
  • Moulded Outsole: Ensures exceptional grip on soft natural pitches.
  • Unparalleled Responsive Feel and Excellent Touch: Renowned for taking your ball control and precision to unprecedented heights.

Like what you see? You can check out our extensive range of Rugby Boots for Backs at Lovell-rugby.co.uk.

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Rugby Shirts Decoded! Size Guides and Fit Secrets Revealed!

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#1. Shirt fit types explained

#2. Finding your fit

Model wearing the latest Gallagher Premiership Merchandise.

Talking the Talk: Understanding Lovell Rugby’s Shirt Speak

So, you’ve got your eyes on those rugby shirts, and the terms are coming at you like tackles during a match? No worries, we’ve got you covered!

Each brand has their own language, and understanding it is key to finding the perfect fitting shirt for you!

Lovell Rugby’s Unique Shirt Fits

Now, let’s talk about fits.

Lovell Rugby isn’t just about slapping any shirt on your back—it’s about finding the one that screams “you.” We’ve got three main fits for you to choose from, each with its own flavour.

#1. Pro Fit

#2. Replica Fit

#3. Classic Fit

#1. “Pro Fit” – Embracing the Player’s Essence

Starting off with the Pro Shirt—also known as the Authentic or Players fit.

This is a bit like imagining owning a player’s shirt; it’s super slim, snug in all the right places,and packed with high-tech features like grip technology on the front and high-quality fabrics to improve performance.

Umbro England Rugby 2023 Home Pro Shirt Mens – NOW £88 (Was £110) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Highlights:

  • Tight-fitting profile.
  • Utilises technical fabrics for exceptional temperature regulation & sweat-wicking.
  • Textured grip features on chest area to improve ball carrying.
  • Premium materials & technologies.

#2. “Regular Fit” – Balancing Slimness & Comfort

Now, let’s dive into the Regular fit, also affectionately known as the ‘Replica Fits.’

Striking a perfect balance between a slim yet comfortable profile, Regular Fit rugby shirts are crafted with fans in mind, making them the go-to choice for cheering on your team—whether it’s from the comfort of your own home, in the pub, or right there in the stands.

Umbro England Rugby 2023 Home Shirt Mens – NOW £60 (Was £75) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

As the typically most popular option, Replica Fits might not boast as many fancy tech features as their Pro Shirt counterparts, but they more than make up for it in comfort. Plus, they come in at a more budget-friendly price point.

While they might not be loaded with tech, Replica Fits do leverage a variety of technical fabrics, making them the ideal companion for regular gym-goers or intense training sessions!

Highlights:

  • Slim fitting, yet not skin-tight.
  • Lightweight, wicks moisture – Ideal for training sessions/gym.
  • Same design as Authentic Shirt (+ sponsor on chest).
  • Ideal piece of teamwear.

#3. “Classic Fit” – Embracing Tradition

If you’re a soul that appreciates tradition, the Classic fit is your jam.

It’s like a throwback to the old-school rugby days, with a proper button-up collar and the feel of traditional cotton. It’s heavier, a bit looser, perfect for lazy weekends filled with rugby nostalgia.

Umbro England Rugby 2023 Alternate Classic L/S Shirt – NOW £55 (Was £75) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Highlights:

  • Features “Traditional” rugby collar.
  • Made from heavy cotton or part-cotton.
  • Loose-fitting for a comfortable feel.
  • Features same design as found on game-day shirts.

Sizing:

Mens’ General Size Guide

Now, let’s talk numbers.

Our Men’s General Size Guide is like your playbook for picking the right fit. Whether you’re a Pro, Replica, or Classic fit enthusiast, knowing your measurements is the key to finding the perfect rugby shirt.

Womens’ General Size Guide

Women’s sizing follows a slightly different approach, so it’s crucial to understand how sizes align with specific fits. We highly recommend using the table below to identify your fit:

Kids’ General Sizing

Finally, if you’re in the market for a rugby shirt for your child, we recommend following the sizing guidelines below:

Decoding the Size Chart

You’ve got your numbers; now it’s time to decode the size chart. Brands may have their quirks, so take a minute to understand what those numbers and letters really mean.

Addressing Body Type

We’re all unique, just like our playing styles. Consider your body type. Are you a powerhouse prop or a nimble winger? Your position on the field might influence how you want that shirt to sit on your shoulders. It’s like picking the right boots for your playstyle—it makes a difference.

Sizing for Performance and Comfort

Consider your position—do you need room to sprint like a winger or the tight fit of a scrum-half? It’s your game; tailor your fit accordingly.

Wrapping up

There you have it, a comprehensive guide to conquering the Lovell Rugby collection and finding your perfect fit.

It’s not just about wearing a shirt; it’s about finding the one that makes you feel unstoppable on the pitch!

Browse the latest rugby shirts from Lovell Rugby now, and find your fit.

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BREAKING: Eddie Jones Confirmed as Head Coach of Japan National Side!

In the aftermath of an underwhelming World Cup campaign, marked by Australia’s unprecedented failure to progress beyond the pool stages, speculation began to circulate about Eddie Jones and his future plans.

Persistent rumors suggested that Jones had a specific target in mind — none other than the Japanese national rugby team.

The 63-year old had reportedly undergone an interview with the JRFU just two weeks before his 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign took flight with the Wallabies, and a historic failure of Australia to progress outside of the pool stages hinted that his sights were set elsewhere.

However, Jones denied the claim at the time:

Shooting his shot at a second run in charge of the Brave Blossoms after a 3-year campaign from 2012 to 2015, Jones brings a wealth of experience, including famously leading the charge for Japan’s renowned ‘Brighton Miracle,’ securing an unprecedented 34-32 victory against South Africa, with odds of 80-1 at the time.

Having been approached about his loyalty to the Wallabies, the former England Head Coach insisted he was dedicated to coaching them. However, stepping away from the role just 10 months into his 5-year contract showed otherwise.

Now, as we head into 2024, England is set to face Japan in a Test match on home soil on Saturday, June 22. This upcoming matchup further cements the strengthening relationship between the RFU (Rugby Football Union) and JRFU (Japan Rugby Football Union), following previous matches at Twickenham in 2018 and 2022.

Jones will be a replacement for his successor, Jamie Joseph, who led Japan’s Brave Blossoms to the World Cup quarter-finals on home soil in 2019 and a pool-stage exit in France.

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The Best Rugby Gifts for Christmas 2023!

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#1. Gifts for the Players

#2. Gifts for the Fans

Gifts for the Players!

For the rugby enthusiasts who live and breathe the game, dive into a variety of discounts from globally acclaimed brands.

With huge savings to be had across a wide range of products, there’s something for everyone!

Gilbert Headguard – £37

Know someone who thrives in the thick of a scrum? The ideal choice is a headguard!

Our top pick is the Gilbert headguard below, designed to safeguard the player’s head and ears, it features a wraparound design and a secure chin strap for maximum protection.

Ideal for players of any position, be it Forward or Back, it’s an ideal gift for those looking to help prevent soft tissue injuries to the head and ears.

Gilbert Headguard Unisex Adults – NOW £37 (Was £46.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Not only does it reduce the risk of lacerations and abrasions during tackles, but it also bears the signature ‘Gilbert’ branding, a mark of quality from one of the most reputable rugby brands worldwide.

Give the gift of protection this holiday season with the Gilbert Headguard – a win-win for both safety and style!

KooGa Vortec Training Hoodie – £15

Crank up the heat this Christmas with the KooGa Vortec Training Hoodie.

Priced at an original RRP of £49.99, this training essential is now a steal at just £15, making it the perfect gift that won’t break the bank!

Striking the perfect balance between warmth and exceptional breathability, the Vortec hoodies ensures optimal body temperature regulation for players competing in cooler conditions.

KooGa Vortec Training Hoodie – NOW £15 (Was £44.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Equipped with thumbholes in the cuffs for extended coverage, the hoodie boasts a rib-knit design featuring alternating rows of super-soft, thick French terry and breathable, thinner fabric.

This innovative construction not only cranks up the warmth but also prevents excessive overheating, promising both comfort and style both on and off the pitch!

Nike Pro Core Long Sleeve T-Shirt – £32

Another winter warmer for those ice-cold training sessions – the Nike Pro Core Long Sleeve T-Shirt.

Engineered with Nike’s patented ‘Dri-Fit’ technology, the Pro Core top works as a second skin to provide an additional layer of insulation while able to wick sweat away from the skin, to keep the skin dry, cool and comfortable.

Nike Pro Core Long Sleeve T-Shirt – NOW £32 (Was £37.99) at Lovellsoccer.co.uk

TapeDesign Grip Socks – £22

Who says socks can’t be the perfect gift for Christmas?!

Designed to resist slips under pressure, these socks feature specialized rubber knobs for effortless multi-directional movement on the pitch.

TapeDesign Classic Grip Socks – NOW £22 (Was £29.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Made from a distinctive blend of Cotton, Nylon, Spandex, and Polyester, they provide exceptional comfort and flexibility, adapting to the player’s foot ergonomically.

With strategically positioned rubber knobs on the foot’s base, slip-ups are a thing of the past!

Step up their game this Christmas with Tapedesign Grip Socks!

adidas Adizero RS15 Pro – £220

Gift the Adizero RS15 Pro this Christmas: the ultimate choice for dedicated rugby players.

More than just a boot, it’s the MVP of Rugby Boots, setting a new gold standard globally.

Decked out in a revamped Solar Red colourway, sporting a dedicated stability wing, and showcasing iconic details like offset lacing and aggressive stud placement, it’s a fusion of style and high performance that belongs to an elite class of players – just ask Antoine Dupont (although, good luck getting a response!).

adidas Adizero RS15 Pro SG Boots – £220 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

This Christmas, redefine elite rugby footwear with the Adizero RS15 Pro.

Gilbert G-TR4000 Trainer Rugby Ball

All rugby balls are made the same, right?

Well, if you’ve got a player in your household, or know someone who actively participates in the high octane sport, then you’ll likely have been lectured that this is not the case!

And the Gilbert G-TR4000 Trainer ball is of no exception.

Gilbert G-TR4000 Trainer Rugby Ball – £17 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Combining a higher proportion of synthetic rubber than your traditional Match Ball, the GTR4000 is capable of withstanding even the most rigorous training sessions!

Rugby Bricks Vortex Mid Kicking Tee

Our top pick and a go-to for many professional players – the RB Vortex Kicking Tee is the ideal stocking filler!

With options in Low-Cut, Mid-Cut, and High-Cut, choosing the right Vortex Tee comes down to personal preference.

Our pick of the bunch is the Mid-Cut for that sweet spot between High and Low-cut versions. If they’ve got longer levers, the High Cut will let them plant the tee a bit wider.

Rugby Bricks Vortex Mid Kicking Tee – £22 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Complete with its unique spiral effect, the ball will stay locked in place, defying gravity at any angle they desire.

Get the ball off the ground this Christmas!

Gifts for the Fans!

Let’s face it, what’s a rugby fan without a shirt to accompany their team spirit?! It’d be like Christmas without the decorations – just not as vibrant and spirited!

Six Nations Championship Shirts

With the Six Nations Championship regarded as one of the most prestigious competitions in the rugby world, it’d be hard to go wrong placing one of the iconic Six Nations Rugby Shirts under your tree!

Whether they support England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France or Italy, Lovell Rugby has you covered.

Unwrap the excitement with our complete selection below and make this Christmas legendary!

Macron Wales 23/24 Home Shirt Mens – NOW £65 (Was £79.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Rugby Championship Shirts

Score big this Christmas with Rugby Championship Shirts – your ticket to Southern Hemisphere rugby glory.

From the fierce All Blacks to the reigning world champs, South Africa, we’ve got your festive wardrobe covered.

It’s not just a gift; it’s a piece of rugby history that roars with passion and pride. Spice up the season and make their Christmas extraordinary!

adidas New Zealand All Blacks RWC 2023 Home Shirt Mens – NOW £65 (Was £79.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Gallagher Premiership Shirts

Get ready to raise the rugby spirit with Gallagher Premiership shirts – the perfect gift for the die-hard fan.

From official replicas of Premiership sides, including the 2023/24 Champions Harlequins, to Wasps, Newcastle Falcons, and more, we’ve got their team covered.

Castore Harlequins 23/24 Home Shirt Mens – £70 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

But it’s not just shirts; explore a range of official clothing and accessories for the ultimate Premiership fan experience.

Make this Christmas a try-scoring triumph with Lovell Rugby!

United Rugby Championship Shirts

As the teams compete fiercely in the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship, enhance your loved one’s gear with a diverse selection of genuine replicas, including teams such as Cardiff Rugby, Scarlets, Ospreys, Dragons, and everything in between.

With a wide range of Home and Alternate shirts available, alongside training t-shrits, supporters wear and more, no one does it quite like Lovell Rugby’s expansive selection!

Macron Ospreys 23/24 Home Shirt Mens – £73 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Top 14 Rugby Shirts

Light up the festive season with the perfect Christmas gift for fans of the Top 14!

Our collection of Top 14 Rugby Shirts & Supporters wear is the ideal present for those who live and breathe French rugby.

Imagine the joy on their faces as they unwrap a gift that brings them closer to the teams they love.

From the mighty Toulouse to the tenacious Clermont Auvergne, and every team in between, our range of Home and Alternate shirts, training t-shirts, and supporters wear lets them wear their passion on their sleeves.

Nike Toulon 23/24 Home Shirt Mens – £80 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Each piece in our collection is more than just a shirt; it’s a symbol of camaraderie, a badge of honor, a part of a legacy. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, bringing joy and excitement with every match, every try, every victory.

So this Christmas, give the gift of team spirit. Give the gift of pride. Give the gift of Top 14 Rugby Shirts & Supporters wear.

World Beach Rugby Shirts

For the lovers of World Beach Rugby, look no further than the colourful assortment of WBR Shirts now available at Lovell Rugby.

From Bavaria to Club Tropicana and Kyoto Cherries, there’s a whole host of Home & Alternate shirts to explore!

KooGa WBR Bavaria Alternate Shirt Mens – NOW £35 (Was £54.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Stuck on gift ideas? Opt for a Gift Voucher!

Picking out the perfect gift can be a bit tricky, right? Well, that’s why we’ve got gift vouchers – your fail-proof backup plan!

Being the largest online rugby store in the UK, we’ve got goodies for everyone. From top-notch rugby boots to cool team shirts, gear, and off-pitch stuff. And guess what? Vouchers start at just £10!

Lovell Rugby £10 Virtual Gift Voucher

Go ahead, check it out for yourself!

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Step into Solar Red with the latest adidas Rugby Boots!

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#1. adidas Kakari Z.1

#2. adidas Adizero RS15 Pro

Let’s Kick off with Kakari!

Meet the all-new adidas Kakari Z.1 – the boot that’s redefining the game with stunning aesthetics and cutting-edge technology that’s as forward-thinking as your playmaking.

Setting the gold standard for what every brand aspires to achieve, the adidas Kakari Z.1 lays down the blueprint for technological innovation in a sleek, compact form-factor that’s as attractive as it is groundbreaking.

Wrapped in a robust layer of synthetic material and reinforced with an aggressive “Solar Red” stitching pattern, reminiscent of something out of the Great British Bake Off, this boot ensures your rivals will find it hard to step on your toes, thanks to its rugged yet durable design.

Add its lightweight construction and a unique inner support strap into the mix, promising stability in the scrums, and you’ve got a real winner.

With an adaptable 8-stud soleplate configuration engineered to convert every ounce of energy into explosive push-offs, the adidas Kakari Z.1 is gearing up to change the game – one scrum at a time.

Precision Redefined: The Power of Adizero RS15 Pro

This boot practically screams, “For the Pros!” But let’s be clear – the Adizero RS15 is more than just a catchy name; it’s essentially the MVP of Rugby Boots.

At the forefront of innovation, the Adizero RS15 Pro is setting the gold standard for elite rugby boots worldwide. With its revamped Solar Red colourway, it’s not just dominating performance charts; it’s also making a bold statement as one of the freshest designs from the adidas team this year!

Now, let’s dive into the features – a dedicated stability wing ensures you remain as steady as a rock when it matters most. And that signature “Solar Red” striping? It’s not a mere design choice; it’s akin to leaving your fingerprint on the pitch – making a stylish mark.

Offset lacing? Absolutely. Aggressive stud placement with 6 arrow-shaped molded studs and 6 metal studs for top-tier traction? Double-checked.

The Speedframe outsole in brilliant white isn’t just a colour preference; it’s the bedrock for explosive bursts of speed and control, thanks to the iconic Speedframe outsole.

And let’s not overlook the raised heel with reinforced stitching and the elevated contact points on the forefoot for superior ball traction – because with the Adizero RS15, every detail matters.

It goes beyond being just a boot: where every nuance contributes to redefining the standard of elite rugby footwear.

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Train your way to the Top with Winter Rugby Essentials!

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#1.Rugby Boots

#2. Base Layers

#3. Training Wear

#4. Winter Accessories

#5. Winter Equipment

#6.Off Pitch Essentials

#1. Rugby Boots

Heading onto the pitch without a pair of these? Not a chance! The key to successful winter training lies in choosing the right rugby boots. But fear not, it’s simpler than it seems!

There are two main types to consider: Soft Ground (SG) and Firm Ground (FG). Understanding these options is the key to enhancing your performance in the colder months.

So, what are we waiting for, let’s break it down!

When do I need Soft Ground (SG) Rugby Boots for Winter Training?

Soft Ground boots, like the Mizuno MIJ Neo IV’s in the Mizuno Aurum Pack below, are top-notch for playing on Soft-Ground fields.

Mizuno Made In Japan Neo IV Soft Ground Football Boots – £240 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Specifically made for wet and muddy pitches that tend to get waterlogged, soft-ground boots have longer studs (the pointy things on the bottom) giving you extra stability.

When the field becomes tricky due to rain, SG boots keep you steady, ensuring you feel confident and agile even in tough weather. That’s why they’re a must-have for winter training!

When do I need Firm-Ground (FG) Rugby Boots for Winter Training?

Firm Ground Rugby boots, such as the Nike Tiempo Legend 10 below, work differently—they feature bladed studs designed to dig into the ground, creating more contact points between your foot and the pitch.

Nike Tiempo Legend 10 Elite Firm Ground Football Boots – NOW £170 (Was £229.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

This setup boosts traction, making quick takeoffs and sprints a breeze during winter training.

Tailored for firm, natural grass surfaces, these boots excel in cold weather, ensuring stability even on frozen grounds.

The key difference lies in their ability to navigate challenging winter conditions effectively, making Firm-Ground Boots the perfect pick for training on those days where the pitch has frozen over.

#2. Base Layers

Winter’s on the way, but no need to suffer! Base Layers, designed to sit underneath your training top/shorts, are your go-to for peak performance. They keep you dry with sweat-wicking tech and provide a second-skin feel for ultimate comfort on the field!

Base Layer Tops

When it comes to winter rugby training, Base Layer Tops are indispensable for several reasons. As the temperature drops, these garments act as a crucial first line of defense, providing an additional layer to trap and retain body heat.

The sweat-wicking technology incorporated in base layer tops ensures that moisture is efficiently drawn away from the body, keeping players dry and preventing discomfort caused by dampness.

Canterbury Thermal Long Sleeve Top Mens – NOW £32 (Was £39.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

The snug, second-skin feel not only enhances comfort but also promotes a sense of agility and flexibility crucial for effective training sessions.

Whether enduring the chill during drills or staying warm on the sidelines, base layer tops are a fundamental component for winter rugby training, offering thermal insulation, moisture management, and overall performance optimization.

Thermal Leggings

In cold weather, maintaining optimal body temperature is crucial for performance and preventing injuries.

Thermal leggings are designed with insulating materials that trap and retain body heat, keeping the muscles warm and supple.

Canterbury Thermal Leggings Mens – NOW £34 (Was £41.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

This warmth is especially beneficial in preventing stiffness and promoting flexibility during training sessions in chilly conditions!

#3.Training Wear

Winter’s no match for your rugby ambitions, but the right training wear is your MVP! Stay toasty, move with swagger, and conquer every drill like a boss.

Training Jackets

Training jackets play a vital role in winter training, offering essential benefits to rugby players braving the cold. These jackets provide crucial temperature regulation by insulating the body, minimizing the risk of injuries, and ensuring optimal performance.

The moisture-wicking properties of quality training jackets such as the KooGa Cagoule below keep rugby players dry, preventing the chilling effects of damp clothing.

KooGa Vortec OTH Mens Cagoule – NOW £40 (Was £59.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

With a balance of insulation and flexibility, these jackets enable a full range of motion, supporting rugby players in moving freely during training.

Ultimately, training jackets are indispensable for winter workouts, preventing muscle tightness, promoting comfort, and supporting peak performance in colder conditions.

Grab yours below!

Training Tops/ Midlayers

Training tops are the MVPs of any rugby workout. They’re not just stylish gear – these tops keep players cool when the action heats up and provide a comfy fit for those intense drills.

In winter, they’re like a cozy shield against the chill, making sure players stay focused on the game, not the weather.

KooGa Vortec quarter Zip Midlayer – NOW £17 (Was £39.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Training Bottoms

When your rugby shorts just aren’t cutting it, training bottoms step in with their snug fit and durable design, becoming the go-to choice for serious rugby action.

They bring the comfort and flexibility needed to ace those killer moves on the field, handling everything from sprinting drills to tackling the cold in winter.

It’s time to play smarter, not harder!

Canterbury Tapered Training Pants – NOW £20 (Was £39.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Waterproof Jacket

As the rugby training session winds down, imagine completing an intense workout, only to be met with a sudden shift in weather. Enter the Canterbury Vaposhield Club Rain Jacket, seamlessly blending style and functionality.

Boasting a full zip, long sleeves, and a hooded neckline, it not only exudes a classic look but also becomes a crucial shield against the elements.

Canterbury Vaposhield Club Rain Jacket – NOW £48 (Was £59.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Lightweight yet sturdy, it effortlessly becomes a post-training essential. The Canterbury branding guarantees a high-quality waterproof fit, ensuring you stay dry, while adding a sporty touch.

Whether facing unexpected rain or a cool breeze, having this jacket on hand ensures you conclude your training day with comfort, flair, and readiness for whatever weather surprises may arise.

#4. Winter Accessories

Snoods

Designed to snugly embrace your neck like a second skin, snoods effectively replicate the comfort of a scarf while performing the crucial function of wicking sweat away during intense winter workouts. This ensures you stay dry when it truly matters.

Nike Dri FIT Strike Snood – NOW £13 (Was £19.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Take the Nike Strike snood as a prime example, featuring Nike’s signature Dri-Fit technology. This innovation not only enhances the snood’s fit but also keeps you performing at your best by efficiently managing moisture, making it an ideal companion for winter training sessions.

Gloves

Ever wondered how to maintain a solid grip on the ball while wearing gloves? Look no further – Kooga has the perfect solution!

Introducing the Men’s Kooga Rugby Gloves, designed for both matches and training sessions. With a fingerless design and a touch tape fastening strap at the wrist cuff, these gloves ensure a secure and comfortable fit.

KooGa Rugby Gloves Mens – NOW £10 (Was £14.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

The silicone grip pattern significantly enhances your grip, giving you the confidence you need on the field.

To top it off, the Kooga branding on the back of the hand adds a stylish finishing touch.

A must-have addition to your winter training regime!

Grip Socks

Tired of the constant slipping and sliding in your boots? Say goodbye to the struggle with Grip Socks!

Grip Socks, like the ones offered by TapeDesign, go beyond the ordinary.

Engineered to not only provide comfort but also to minimize and reduce ankle and knee injuries, these socks enhance the player’s grip within the shoe, eliminating any unwanted slippage and ensuring greater traction and stability on the pitch.

TapeDesign Classic Grip Socks – NOW £24 (Was £29.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Equipped with strategically placed rubber knobs on the base of the sock, you’ll never have to worry about slipping again. Invest in Grip Socks for a game-changing experience and step onto the field with confidence and control!

#5. Must-Have Winter Equipment

Training Bibs

Stay ahead in the game with our durable and breathable Training Bibs – a necessity for clear identification on the field. The best part? They provide additional warmth without sacrificing mobility!

Crafted for easy identification and unrestricted movement, these bibs guarantee peak performance even during chilly workouts. Don’t let winter hold you back – power through the season with Rugby Training Bibs and conquer the field in style!

Kooga Reversible Training Bib – £8 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Training Balls

Meet the Gilbert G-TR 4000 and its durable design, featuring a higher proportion of synthetic rubber than traditional Match Balls for superior toughness.

Gilbert GTR4000 Training Rugby Ball – NOW £15 (Was £17.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

These training balls are your go-to for winter training sessions, built to withstand the demands of the pitch.

With a resilient construction, they guarantee reliability and top-notch performance, even in colder weather.

Training Cones

In winter rugby sessions, Training Cones are like secret weapons for conquering the cold.

They help players tackle the frosty challenges by boosting agility and footwork on slippery fields. Coaches use these markers to create fun drills, making sure players stay sharp and adapt to the unpredictable winter conditions.

Sondico Training Cone 6 Pack – NOW £9 (Was £17.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

It’s not just about skill improvement; cones make the whole training game-plan smoother, so players can rock the field no matter how chilly it gets.

Winter or not, these cones keep the rugby vibe alive!

Agility Ladders

What’s a training session without one of these bad boys?

Whether you’re perfecting your drills, practicing for side-stepping your opponents, or want to set a personal best, then Agility Ladders are the way forward for you!

Our top pick is this seamless “Quick Ladder Pro” by SKLZ that doesn’t tie you down with tricky webbing, or cheap plastics, but makes your sessions more convenient with its unique constuctrion that makes it easy to fold and unfold.

SKLZ Quick Ladder Pro – NOW £26 (Was £31.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Ball Pumps

As a game that revolves around the egg, the last thing you need is a flat ball to cut your training sessions short!

That’s why we’d reccommend you keep one of these Ball Pumps handy in your kitbag, and with a price of just £5 on Lovell-rugby.co.uk , it’s a no brainer!

Sondico Dual Action Pump – £5 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Whistles

Are you a coach who enjoys challenging your team to perform at their best? You’ll definitely want one of these if you expect your players to be fully engaged!

Sondico Metal Whistle– £4 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Perfect for drills involving frequent starts and stops, penalty simulations, conditioning exercises, or refining player techniques, a referee’s whistle is an essential piece of equipment for winter training!

#6.Off Pitch Essentials

Hoodies

Transition seamlessly from the game to casual settings in the unique Canterbury Uglies hoodie.

Its adjustable drawstring design, vibrant colorblock graphics, and the prominent “CCC” logo on the front guarantee a stylish appearance while keeping you snug and warm.

Canterbury Uglies Hoodie – NOW £42 (Was £51.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Look as impressive off the pitch as you do on it with this distinctive hoodie.

Water Bottle

Ever wonder why sweat is more than just a cooling mechanism?

It’s a carrier of crucial electrolytes like calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium, vital for supporting muscle function. Beyond temperature regulation, water acts as a joint lubricant and facilitates nutrient transport for energy.

Neglecting hydration can lead to fatigue, dizziness, and muscle cramps, making it essential to invest in a reliable water bottle.

That’s why the Under Armour Playmaker 32oz bottle is the perfect choice, featuring a leak-resistant lid, removable nozzle for convenient transport, a carry loop, one-hand operation for on-the-go hydration, and non-slip side grip for a comfortable and secure hold. Stay refreshed and ready for action!

Under Armour Playmaker 32oz Waterbottle – NOW £12 (Was £16.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Towel

Going to a training session without a towel is like expecting to weather a storm without an umbrella—essential for staying dry, comfortable, and ready to tackle whatever challenges come your way.

You’ll want to have one of these handy in your kitbag, that’s for sure!

Nike Sport Towel– NOW £25 (Was £29.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

First Aid Kit

Are you a coach who prioritises the safety and well-being of your team, especially during winter training sessions? Having a well-stocked first aid kit is an absolute essential for anyone looking out for their players!

Designed to address minor injuries and unexpected situations, a first aid kit is indispensable for quick response and care.

Lovell Rugby Handy Sports First Aid Kit – £22 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Whether it’s tackling the cold weather challenges or handling the occasional bumps and bruises from intense drills, a readily available first aid kit ensures that you can promptly attend to any injuries and keep your team in top shape throughout the winter training season.

It’s a must-have companion on the field for coaches who prioritize both performance and player safety.

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The Ultimate Guide to Elite vs Entry Level Rugby Boots

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#1. Nike Mercurial Vapour 15 Elite

#2. Nike Mercurial Vapour 15 Pro

#3. Nike Mercurial Vapour Academy

#4. Nike Mercurial Vapour Club

#1. Air Zoom Mercurial Vapour 15 Elite

Introducing the Nike Mercurial Vapour 15 Elite, the flagship model of the Mercurial range that stands out as the pinnacle of peak performance on the pitch.

Nike Air Zoom Mercurial Vapour 15 Elite from the Nike Shadow Pack. Available to purchase from Lovellsoccer.co.uk

Now available at a discounted price of £185 on Lovell-rugby.co.uk, down from the original £234.99, these boots don a Vaporposite+ upper with a speed cage, ensuring a perfect blend of lightweight agility and a secure, tailored fit.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Elite FG Football Boots – NOW £185 (Was £234.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Setting them apart is the incorporation of a 3/4 length Air Zoom pocket, a feature borrowed from Nike’s renowned running range. This addition elevates the boots by providing unmatched cushioning and comfort with every step, enhancing your agility on the field.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Elite FG Football Boots – NOW £185 (Was £234.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

The hyper-aggressive triangular studs further contribute to superior traction, facilitating quick and precise movements effortlessly.

Adding to the technological prowess, Vaporposite+ technology takes center stage. A seamless fusion of textured chevron mesh lining and refined FlyKnit material, this innovation makes ball control a breeze.

Whether executing a punt, drop-kick, or place kick, these boots deliver impeccable performance even in the most intense moments of the game.

Highlights:

  • Vaporposite+ upper with speed cage for lightweight agility.
  • 3/4 length Air Zoom pocket for cushioning and comfort.
  • Hyper-aggressive triangular studs for superior traction.
  • Price: £185 (Was £234.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk.
  • 360 degree traction. Cushioning for a fast boot is exceptional.

#2. Nike Mercurial Vapour 15 Pro

For those seeking a more budget-friendly option without compromising too much on performance, the Nike Mercurial Vapour 15 Pro is an excellent choice at £140.

Nike Air Zoom Mercurial Vapour 15 Pro from the Nike Shadow Pack. Available to purchase from Lovellsoccer.co.uk

In place of Nike’s Vaporposite + material found on the upper of the Elite model, these boots feature a Nikeskin upper that promotes an exceptionally lightweight feel, whilst retaining the classic Vapor profile.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Pro FG Football Boots – £140 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Although they lack the forefoot Air Zoom pocket found in the Elite model, the Vapor 15 Pro boots compensate by maintaining excellent traction with 360-degree studs.

This design choice gives them a more traditional Mercurial feel, striking a perfect balance between affordability and raw speed. As a result, they are ideal for players seeking high performance without the hefty price tag.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Pro FG Football Boots – £140 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Highlights:

  • Nikeskin upper for lightweight feel.
  • 360-degree studs for effortless traction.
  • Price: £140 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk.

#3. Nike Mercurial Vapour Academy

Don’t underestimate the power of the budget-friendly Nike Mercurial Vapor Academy at just £60!

Nike Air Zoom Mercurial Vapour 15 Academy from the Nike Shadow Pack. Available to purchase from Lovellsoccer.co.uk

Continuing the legacy of the signature Nikeskin upper featured in the Pro model, the Academy takes a unique turn with its multi-ground soleplate, making it suitable for a wide range of playing surfaces, be it Firm Ground or Artificial Grass.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Academy FG Football Boots – NOW £60 (Was £77.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

But what sets them apart is the absence of high-tech features, which are more than compensated by the boots’ remarkable versatility, standing as a testatement to simplicity, enabling your skills to shine without unnecessary thrills.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Academy FG Football Boots – NOW £60 (Was £77.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Highlights:

  • Nikeskin upper for budget-friendly agility.
  • Multi-ground soleplate for versatility.
  • Price: £60 (Was £77.99) at Lovell-rugby.co.uk.

#4. Nike Mercurial Vapour Club

For those who prefer straightforward, no-nonsense performance, the Nike Mercurial Vapor 15 Club is the answer at £55.

Nike Air Zoom Mercurial Vapour 15 Club from the Nike Shadow Pack. Available to purchase from Lovellsoccer.co.uk

While it might lack the flashy features of its counterparts, it retains the lightweight essence of the Vapor family.

These boots are perfect for newcomers to rugby or players who don’t want to fuss over technical details. They offer a blend of simplicity and functionality, allowing you to focus on your game without distractions.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Club Firm Ground Football Boots – £55 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Designed for newcomers to rugby or players who prefer simplicity, the Nike Mercurial Vapor 15 Club is a straightforward choice at £55.

Nike Mercurial Vapor Club Firm Ground Football Boots – £55 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk

Highlights:

  • Lightweight design for beginners.
  • Affordable entry-level option.
  • Price: £55 at Lovell-rugby.co.uk.

Like what you see?

Whether you prioritize the elite speed and comfort of the Vapor 15 Elite, the affordable agility of the Vapor 15 Pro, the budget-friendly performance of the Vapor Academy, or the simplicity of the Vapor 15 Club, Nike’s Mercurial Vapor range caters to every player.

So, find the boot that suits you best, hit the pitch, and let your footwork do the talking!

Oli’s Take on Elite vs Entry Level Rugby Boots

Keen to delve deeper into the details? Explore Oli’s insights on the distinctions between each boot type below!