Back row boots require a specific type of boot, with the rigours of the scrum to survive they also require the comfort when moving at pace around the field, such is the demand of a back-row player these days.
With back row such a key link between forwards and backs it’s now essential that the back row is moving around the park alongside the fastest people out there.
There are a few boots then that fall into this category, and we are going to run through our favourites.
Adidas Kakari Light
Adidas has a boot in any department here with the Kakari. It has to be one of the best put together boots on the market.
It features a leather toe box which helps with comfort in the breakdowns.
Plus the outer sole has a combination of metal and plastic studs to help with traction and acceleration over your season in all conditions.
This is a well put together boot that you can rely on across a season. They are hard-wearing boots with an attention to detail which comes from Adidas involvement from rugby over many years.
Canterbury Phoenix Elite
Canterbury are as much rugby as anything else. They know the requirements of what the rugby players need and this boot is designed with back rows in mind.
- Synthetic PU upper for durability
- 10mm foam cushioning in collar for comfort
- Wide-fitting forefoot shaping
- Hybrid8 plate outsole provides lightweight traction 8mm heel raise reduces lower limb strain
- Soft ground
This boot offers a durable and light synthetic upper section with breathable sides.
The boot comes with removable aluminium studs and is a great value alternative to other boots.
I would not look past the Adidas boot myself and it offers the latest design and safety for footwear as a back row, which can be pretty handy in those rucks.
If you’re after a decent pair of boots it’s worth ordering the sizes to get things right. Personally i would normally order the sets i want to try online as there can be a difference between boots in terms of their fit and there is no harm ordering different and sending back.
The pred returns in 2018 and the colours are certainly enough to raise a few eyebrows. Hi Res Aqua and Shock Yellow are certainly making the new Adidas predator stand out from its rivals.
The predator is a must-have boot for many of the top playmakers in the 9 and 10 shirts and those who are controlling a game with their kicking. Their design is around ensuring that the best contact is made with the ball, alongside still agile enough thanks to the sprintframe designed to improve stability and traction in those high energy movements. They are also designed with a 10mm raised heel to reduce injury but also improve your stance for starting position when sprinting.
The boots at the top of their range as pictured in this review include Adidas’ non stop grip technology to allow full control of the ball when kicking it allowing you better control.
For a lot of rugby players out there nearly £200 for a pair of boots is overkill. But realistically you never end up paying that much for these boots, there are always great places to look at for deals on boots, one of those is Lovell Rugby where you can pick these up for just £85 as we write this. Decent price just before Christmas.
The new kit from Macron for the Italian squad has added some Italian style to he Italians building to next years Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The Italian flag colours on the underside of the sleeve is my favourite touch on this kit. A nice touch for the kit, considering they play in Blue it’s nice to get the national flag in there. It manages to achieve without being too tacky, a very nice little nod to the flag colours of the country. Those little touches of flair fit well with the country itself.
You can currently get hold of the new shirt for £70 at Lovell Rugby
An amino acid drink isn’t something you’d even have thought about having in your supplements years ago. Those old timers down the club will tell you you’re stupid. But it’s those marginal gains that it takes to get to to the top of the modern game of rugby these days. Even if you’re just wanting to make a step up into the first team or even start the journey with us to get fit for rugby this Amino Energy will stand you in good stead.
I decided to take this as an addition to my normal diet, I previously only had pre-workout and protein with the addition of whatever we are testing that week. I ordered my Blueberry flavor to try as it’s not something I normally go for. At the minute my workouts are a bit unplanned and happen around other things like family and work, the only thing that is a standard in my calendar is rugby training on a Thursday night. That generally means that I’m really relying on my pre-workout to get me pumped for a workout as i don’t have much time to prepare.
I decided to give this a try as a pre-workout as it does have serving suggestions based around that. Whilst i found it did a half decent job it’s no hardcore pre-workout, especially against our favourite 4 Gauge pre workout. In terms of recovery post-workout, i really found this to be a great addition.
2 weeks into this now, I’m really enjoying adding these to my post-workout supplements. Putting this alongside a protein shake after my workout has really helped my recovery, getting up in the morning when the aches and pains are starting is usually the difficult moment of the day but the recovery has certainly improved. I have also started having it during the day as a substitute for coffee once a day.
I will definitely be keeping this in my supplement stack from now on. It helps with the recovery and general energy levels and that helps the effectiveness of pre-workout with caffeine and also protein through the Amino Acids.
Overall it’s a great addition to any supplement stack if you aren’t taking amino acids already. They are great value and you can mix it up with all the different flavors available.
Why Take Amino Acids?
Amino’s are the building blocks that the body uses to generate muscle, by supplementing with Amino Acids you allow the body to create and repair muscle tissue. They are used like lego when rebuilding the muscle fibers and therefore you will be
If you undersupply these amino acids the body will break down muscle tissue to repair your muscle that needs to be repaired after exercise. This then results in the unwanted reduction of muscle mass, this is called atrophy.
When do I take Amino Energy?
You can take Amino Energy throughout the day. If you struggle with sleeping once consumed caffeine it’s not recommended after 5 pm, depending on when you sleep that is.
How much should I take before a workout?
It’s advised servings for before a workout is between 1-3 servings if you are looking to this for your source of energy. If you already have pre-workout and are just adding the amino acids I would suggest taking into account the total caffeine intake. Though this is quite capable of acting as a pre-workout.
How many scoops should I take for post-workout recovery?
Between 1-2 servings are the recommended allowance of Amino Energy after training. This is obviously based on an average workout. I would gauge your requirements based on the exercise you’re doing that day.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey sits in the top echelons of protein powder and has done for many years. Optimum Nutrition is a brand that has developed the best protein bar none, and while the rest clamour about below it this sits at the top like a fine wine.
But why is Optimum Nutritions Gold Standard Whey the number 1 ranked protein? How does it beat the competitor’s hands down every time?
Gold Standard comprises of three different forms of whey protein, whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate and whey peptides. It also contains amino acids, including the three most valuable BCAAs.
Per scoop that is 24g of protein, 1g of fat, 3g carbs and 120 calories.
That nutritional profile is great to take during the day as you work towards your daily protein intake. This is not a meal replacement by the way.
It is always difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of a protein shake like Gold Standard Whey, you don’t see an immediate effect and as part of training, most have been supplementing protein. The addition of BCAA’s into the protein is a great addition and for that, therefore, makes this protein more effective as a product than other protein powders.
The purpose of a protein is to make sure that your diet contains the protein requirements you have for your targets, whether that is building muscle or using it as a meal replacement you will struggle to find anyone taking gym work seriously who isn’t already having protein shakes using a powder such as this.
Something that can stand a protein powder apart from others is its ability to mix into a shake. I’ve had a few protein powders over the years that have mainly stayed a protein powder even after adding the water. This stuff is Gold Standard for a reason. It mixes in with water instantly so within a couple of shakes you are ready to go, another great example of how this product is the one to beat.
Value for money
Optimum Nutrition are sadly never going to be cheapest, there re-branding calls their products Gold Standard. As you’d imagine that doesn’t come cheap, but if you keep an eye out there are always offers available for their stuff.
The best deals as i write this are available on amazon and they come in at £47.99 for 2.27KG. The cost per serving on this is roughly £0.66, in the US it is a simlar price of $57.99 and that comes in a $0.96 per serving.
If you are just looking at value for money then this comes in at the top level of protein powders, but when you work out the cost per serving it really doesn’t add up to a lot.
In conclusion, this Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey is at the minute our top rated Protein Powder and that is why it makes into our Top Rated Rugby Supplements.
If you are serious about your training and supplementation plan’s then you are going to be taking a lot of protein, having a protein that is easily mixable and tastes good makes life a while lot easier and for us at Gain Line Rugby this is our go to protein powder.
Agree or disagree with this one, leave us a comment and let us know.
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Everyone at Gain Line Rugby has slaved over this one. We hope it helps you out, please remember that if you need any help on anything in the list below feel free to get in touch, leave a comment on this article, talk to us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
British & Irish Lions 2017 – Lions Uncovered
What a tour, a huge test series in New Zealand had its fair share of tabloid headlines, this blu ray goes behind the scenes of this epic tour. It might not be the rugby tours of old but it is sure to entertain any rugby player after the turkey has been eaten.
Yes they might have plenty of shirts already, but one more won’t hurt. There’s a great choice of just about every team out there on www.lovell-rugby.co.uk
If we aren’t playing it or watching, i guess we could probably read about it. We can always take time to learn from the pro’s.
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Why bother with clothes for things outside of rugby. We would rather just wear more rugby kit. If you aren’t sure what piece of the puzzle that is rugby training gear, why not engage your rugby player in an insightful conversation on the subject. We will generally be able to go into detail about the different types of kit and what we are missing. Unless you’ve played you can probably not understand the different requirements that come with training. Wet and muddy, muddy and cold, cold and rainy, sunny but wet, we have to deal with a lot of conditions and undoubtedly there will be a piece of kit that we need. We won’t be held responsible if discussion starts to lean towards justification for a rugby only wardrobe.
Best Boots for Scrum-Half and Fly-Half
If you are the 10 you are the general tactician for the team. No matter what type of fly half you are you are going to need to kick. The type of boot you need differs greatly from those in the forwards, the boots you use need to reflect your requirements on the field. Whether you prefer it or not kicking is a big part of the scrum and fly halves requirements, the design and technology around kicking has changed the design of boots over the last 20 years. The demand for that has primarily come from football but as the likes of Jonny Wilkinson have increased the popularity and demand for these boots in rugby.
Here are our top 3 choices for the fly half, scrum half and other players around the back line who consider themselves a kicking player.
1. Adidas Predator Malice
The predator has and remains the boot of choice for many of the top players, if you take your kicking seriously these are the boots to have.A boot designed for those in the team guiding the team around the field from the boot. Designed with a larger sweetspot with the asymetric lacing system you don’t get any better.
The core of these boots is based on kicking accuracy. The updated predator technology is designed to ensure more power, swerve and controlled kicking in all conditions. A 10mm raised heel helps to reduce injury and keep the player in a more aggressive starting position.
An important factor to bear in mind with these boots is that this Predator Malice is designed for rugby, not football. Before these boots were designed I’ve worn boots for football and they are ripped apart, these boots are built for the rough and tumble of rugby and you can tell that quality when you get onto the pitch.
Whilst they are pricey these boots will last the distance of a rugby season, our top-rated boots for the 10 or kicking 9.
- Predator tech in forefoot for power, swerve and control
- HybridTouch for lightweight softness
- Asymmetric lacing for increased sweet spot
- the Sprintframe for better traction and stability
- Speedtraxion for high-speed movements and acceleration
- 10mm heel raise for aggressive starting position and injury limitation
- Soft Ground (SG) for soft muddy surfaces
2. Nike Tiempo Legacy
The Nike Tiempo features some innovative technology, the unique NIKE GRIP technology helps to lock your foot in the boot whilst still being comfortable. The upper of the boot is made from kangaroo leather which provides great in boot feel and touch. Designed to help with kicking out of hand and off the tee.
These boots are actually a football boot though are popular amongst some of the rugby elite, that includes the England International Owen Farrell. These boots are a leading competitor for the Predator but for us they lack a design based around rugby which the Predator’s provide.
- Premier Kangaroo leather upper for excellent touch of the ball
- NIKE GRIP helps keep your foot secure inside the boot
- Fly Wire cable lacing system
- Hyperstability plate provides lightweight traction
- Soft Ground (SG) designed for soft muddy surfaces
Canterbury Control 2.0
Canterbury are rugby, there boots are all about rugby so you can be rest assured of one thing. These things are built for the game. These are there answer to the kicking backs needs. Designed with a close to foot fit with supportive neck and toe box to give a great feel on ball contact.
The control 2.0 has raised heel to help with stance and lower limb strains. The boots feature a stitched upper that provides a great sweet spot.
These are designed essentially for the half back’s of a team and are a good value option in comparison to the more premium Nike and Adidas offerings above.
The scrum half is becoming a bigger part of the kicking game in the last few years, to make it at the top level a scrum halves kicking game is a must, delivery for box kicks can make or break a team. In some cases it is the basis of a teams attacking play if they are targeting particular wings or full backs with high balls. The ability to deliver the ball on box kicks into right areas, getting length and distanced can be tricky with the opposition pack within a metre of you. To increase your percentages these boots are designed to maximize the sweet spot of a boot.
Boots for the 10 or Fly Half
In attack the 10 will run the teams game plan, there are plenty of different styles to achieve that based on the individual and the requirements of the team. The 10 will decide how close to play to the gain line and how flat to carry the ball, this will depend on the style and move that is being played out. They may attempt to break the gain line themselves, pass or kick.
What can make or break a player who wants to be at Fly Half is in defence, being the closest back to a ruck, maul or scrum can mean sometimes you have to mix it up with the big lads in the forwards, especially if your back row is having a bad day.
The boots above are designed for the good and the bad moments in rugby. Imagine you could be getting terrible scrappy ball from your forwards because they are under the cosh, you are off balance with defenders flying up and you need to get as much contact with the ball as you can, and it needs to go out. Which boot would you want to be wearing?
If you can’t afford the top dog Adidas then hit the links and look at the alternatives. You can always get great deals on the Adidas and Nike ranges and go through the searches to find the type of boot that fits your needs. If you’re still not sure, then get in touch. All the lads at Gain Line Rugby are happy to help and generally chat anything rugby related. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
4 Gauge is a premium pre-workout powder designed to get you firing on all cylinders at workout time. Pre-Workouts are huge now and the reasons are simple. People are busier now than ever, just finding time for the gym can be tricky and we need to maximise those workouts to reap the benefits of the time we have. In terms of rugby, we aim to reach our potential in a sport that relies on instant power and acceleration and that means working out with the same intensity.
The problem that you can find with some pre-workouts is that you can get massive crashes afterwards. Falling asleep when the other half is telling you about their day doesn’t generally end with you getting more time at the gym.
Ingredients – 4 Gauge Pre-Workout
Creatine Monohydrate – Creatine helps the ATP energy process by fueling your muscles during a workout to boost strength and endurance during even the most testing workouts. Supplementing your body whilst under pressure with creatine means that you will be able to push harder than normal and make more progress.
Acetyl L-Carnitine – A nutrient that helps in a number of ways. Acetyl L-Carnitine helps to reduce fatigue, muscle damage, fat mass while improving cognitive function.
Caffeine – Not something that we really need to explain, consumed worldwide all day every day. Caffeine is a stimulant capable of improving focus, memory and reaction times during your workout and with that helps you to increase strength and endurance during a tough session.
L-Theanine – Believed to work in tandem with caffeine to form a ‘smart-caffeine’. This is where the 4 Gauge system differs from other pre-workouts. By combining with caffeine you get the benefits of a huge dose of caffeine without the energy crashes and jitters that come with a bigger dose.
Rhodiola Rosea – A herb said to reduce fatigue, it is also noted to reduce muscle damage which comes with workouts, meaning you can stay fresh and hopefully have reduced aches from muscle tearing, which should mean improved recovery times.
Coconut Water Powder – Nutrient which contains electrolytes, this should mean you stay more hydrated during the workout.
4 Gauge Review Conclusion
If you’re looking for a pre-workout that gives you that kick before a workout then this is it. This combination of ingredients that you have here is capable of bringing up your energy levels after the toughest day to make the most of your gym time.
In most pre-workouts that can come at the cost of being wired for the rest of the night. But the ingredients work alongside what is essentially a lower dose of caffeine to give you that high energy without the ongoing buzz when you’re done. We didn’t experience any of that during our test, we got some great boosts for workouts but energy levels returned to normal afterwards.
Now we know we’ve put a negative as not being able to get this product in the shops, you do have to order from the manufacturer website. But the shipping is great, they have warehouses in the USA and in the UK.
Put simply this is a great pre-workout. The effectiveness is great, depending on your budget it’s a great buy with bulk offers always on. I’ve tried this at the gym, playing rugby and as a pickup after the long day when you’ve still got shit that needs to be done.
As an amateur rugby player, I’ll be honest in saying that some weeks rugby isn’t that easy to get motivated for when you’ve got a million and one other things to do. But getting focused on a game with 4 gauge was easy, I took it just before setting off for training match and started to feel the effects as I arrived at the ground 20 minutes later. After getting ready and going out for warm-up things really started to kick in. Getting the body moving was easy as I was buzzing already, and getting into the game you can feel yourself come alive. Staying focused on the game and remembering the game plan is often easy to lose but with 4 gauge I felt I was able to commit to the game physically but also was able to keep my concentration levels. This was my first game back for a couple of months and I thought I would be building back slowly, but getting comfortable with the physicality of the game came easily with 4 gauge. In terms of fitness I am normally starting to fell it going into the last 20 but I felt able to carry on pushing hard and chasing the lost causes, dragging the defensive line with me. This was my first game back for a couple of weeks and with injury, I had not had a chance to work on much cardio and certainly not a full-body, it was safe to say I certainly didn’t feel that way after this match.
FAQ – 4 Gauge Pre-Workout
Where can I get 4 Gauge Pre-Workout?
You can source this pre-workout from the manufacturer website. Whilst it might seem like a backwards thing they control delivery and as already mentioned with warehouses in the US and the UK the delivery times are great and they ship worldwide.
Does 4 Gauge really work?
Based on my experience with the product I have to say yes. I felt the benefits of it not only in the gym but also whilst training and playing rugby. It’s a clean pre-workout and I really enjoyed being able to use this without the side effects of crashing after workouts that other’s pre-workouts can sometimes produce.
With all-natural ingredients and effective ones at that it’s hard to see why this isn’t an appealing product to try, whilst you have to put in the dedication I challenge anyone to mix things up and try this pre-workout and see if it doesn’t help you push on with your goals at the gym even or rugby.
How do I use 4 Gauge?
4 gauge is a powder that you mix into water usually. It’s suggested to take this about 30 minutes before you are going to be exercising to allow it time to kick in. Two scoops of pre-workout are the standard, you can take a double dosage of that but more than that would be pushing it.
It is recommended that you cycle 4 gauge, having a week off every 6 to 8 weeks to maintain a good performance from using it.
The flavour of 4 gauge is at present only 1 and that is “Fruit Explosion”, you might be thinking this will be some artificial flavourings but it’s all-natural.
Top Performer – Mizuno Morelia Neo II
There’s no school like the old school, and if you prefer a high-quality classic style boot that boosts your pace then make sure you take to the field in a pair of these Mizuno Morelia Neo II SI SG Rugby Boots.
These quality Mizuno rugby boots have been designed for players of all skill levels and roles. Made from lightweight leather and has been lasted for 24 hours to achieve the signature Mizuno “Made In Japan” fit, a flexible Pebax soleplate with removable metal studs are perfect for soft ground pitches provides as they provide solid traction and stability whilst foot positioning is maintained thanks to a removable anatomically moulded sockliner.
Lighter and more flexible for quick players looking to break apart the opposition’s defenses, if you’re looking for a quality no-nonsense boot then make sure not to miss out on the Mizuno Morelia Neo II SI SG Rugby Boots.
Coming in a plethora of colour ways from black out to electric blue the Morelia Neo will have something for you. A classical, some would say old school, design, these boots would suit the more understated soul. Personally I love the design, especially in black out, elegant and classic, just like myself. 4/5
These boots feel fantastic, the leather skin giving a touch of luxury and comfort with the moulded sockliner giving great foot stability. The feel well made, giving you confidence that they will last the duration while being lightweight enough for the more speedy of back row forwards. I don’t think there are many boots on the market that could match the comfort level and practicality of the Morelia Neo II. 5/5
Priced at £160 at Lovell rugby they may seem a little pricey for the amateur player but if you are looking for a really high end feel and a boot that will last, it could be seen as a worthwhile investment.
Middle of the Road
Adidas Kakari Elite SG Boots
• Premium leather upper for superior fit and comfort; Leather forefoot split
• Bootee construction for a precise, comfortable fit
• Laces, lace loops and support tapes built with DuPont™ Kevlar®; Kevlar®, registered trademark of DuPont™ used under license
• Innovative studs for personalised traction; To ensure optimal performance and traction, tighten studs correctly
• Revolutionary soft-ground outsole for dominant traction
• Pebax® plate outsole for ultimate energy return and durability
• 10 mm heel raise for dynamic foot positioning
• Synthetic and leather upper / Textile lining / Synthetic outsole
Conquer chaos on the pitch in these men’s lightweight rugby boots. Designed for improved scrumming and dynamic forward play, they feature a premium leather upper for an ideal fit. Laces, loops and support tapes built with Kevlar® enhance lockdown, while a 6×2 stud configuration offers optimal traction.
The Kakaris have been around a long time now and the design doesnt seem to change, but obviously this must be a good thing as they are a huge seller and probably the most popular forwards boot on the market. Personally I find the styling a little boring and generic but with plenty of colour way options I’m sure you’d find something that tickled your fancy. It’s not an ugly boot by any stretch just nothing to get excited about. 2.5/5
Though the foot support feels good and the slight heel raise is always good in my opinion I feel the Kakari feels a lot cheaper that the Mizunos. With a synthetic upper it just doesnt have that quality comfort feel. Again, the same as the looks it’s not bad at all, there are just much better about. 3.5/5
Now this is where the Kakaris will look much more appealing, depending on the colour way you want, Lovell have them at as little as £43 up to £75. But to be honest even at £75 they are a bargain. These are perfect for the player that wants a good set of boots without spending a fortune. 5/5
Bargain Basement – Gilbert Kuro 8 Stud
Excellent rugby specific boot, solid and durable enjoy lasting comfort and support when you wear the Kuro 8 Stud SG Rugby Boots in Black from Gilbert.
Gilbert’s boot range offers style with performance at every level. The Speedplate HYB outsole has helped to create a range of strong, responsive yet incredibly light boots. The Bio-Frame 8 outsole gives maximum traction for scrummaging and is suitable for front 5 forwards or back rows looking for additional traction provided by the pro tip studs.
Bear with us here, we know this isn’t the best looking boot you’ll ever see but to find a decent boot at such a cheap price, we had to make a few sacrifices. It’s pretty classic in design if not a bit boring and bulky. 1/5
The Kuros feel very sturdy, very strong and will suit the rigours of playing, especially in the front row. Comfort isn’t too bad, they don’t match up to the Mizunos but are around the same level as the Adidas. One area the Kuro will excell is the grip level, they dig in really well which is perfect for propping on a lovely soggy pitch. 3/5
The Kuros are very competitively priced at £38 from Lovell. For that price these are an excellent starter boot and a good pair of workhorses for any front row forward. At that price to be honest, they’re probably worth having as a spare pair. 5/5