Autumn is fast approaching, which means only one thing for rugby players; the season is about to start. In preparation for the next season, there are several things to do. Perhaps the most important and fun aspect of a new season for many players is getting to pick new boots. But before you go right ahead and pick out the most attractive pair, take a look below at the most important things to consider when buying your new boots.
1 Size-up if necessary
Whilst you may be a size 7, consider the size of your feet once you have a thick pair of rugby socks on. Many new players fall into the trap of buying a pair of boots which are too small once their socks are on and spend the remainder of the season in discomfort as a result. The best way around this is to take a pair of (hopefully clean) socks into the shop when making your purchase, so you can try them on then and there to see if they’re a decent fit.
The weight, surface area and various other factors are also important to consider – http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/outdoor-activity/best-rugby-boots-for-back-props-winger-forwards-kicking-centres-adidas-nike-10514662.html. Make sure you consult a professional if you’re unsure.
2 Studs or mouldies?
The age old debate between players relates to the pros and cons of moulded studs. The most obvious benefit of wearing moulded studs is the removed risk of losing a screw in stud, however, there are several other facts to consider. For example, whilst moulded studs may allow an increase in speed, and ease in changing direction, screw in studs are longer and made of metal, meaning they are more favourable for those in the scrum as they provide grip on the ground. The best way to know which will suit you better is simply to try out both and see which feels more natural to you.
Make sure you break in your new boots during pre-season. Trying out more than one rugby drill such as the ones at https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Rugby/ will enable you to get a real feel for your new boots.
3 Mid-cut options
Mid-cuts provide extra ankle support for bulkier players and protect your toes. Again, aimed more at players who will operate in the pack on a more frequent basis, they aren’t essential but rather up to your personal preference.