In this edition of International Rugby Boot Spotting we take a look at Vincent Clerc (Toulouse / France) in his Nike Legend rugby boots, Bakkies Botha (Toulon / South Africa) sporting his Asics Lethal rugby boots and James Hook (Perpignan / Wales) showing off his new white, black and gold Predator rugby boots.
We also cover Natal Sharks and South Africa prop, Bismark Du Plesis and Mark Cueto of Sale Sharks and England.
France will be hoping Vincent Clerc and Co can go one step further in this years World Cup and make the final. After missing out on the final in the past 2 competitions, Clerc’s try scoring habit shall prove invaluable if he can take it to New Zealand. The winger has also been known to wear the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly Boots.
Plays for: Toulon and South Africa
South Africa had a near to full-strength team on the field on Saturday however still could not manage to defeat Australia in Durban. Bakkies Botha was partnered in the second row by Victor Matfield but even these two could not help steer the Boks towards victory.
Wales got their revenge for their defeat at Twickenham last weekend by beating England 19-9 in Cardiff on Saturday. Hook got a try, which he converted himself, and two penalties to give him a personal tally of 19. The versatility James Hook offers Wales is key to their potential success at the up and coming Rugby World Cup.
Bismark Du Plesis
Plays for: Natal Sharks and South Africa
The replacement South African prop could not stop his team going down to a defeat againt the Wallabies on Saturday. Adidas boots are popular among the Boks squad with Pierre Spies, Bryan Habana and Jaque Fourie all sporting the brands range on Saturday.
Plays for: Sale Sharks and England
Only Alex Corbisiero and Cueto (along with Matt Banahan after Chris Ashton pulled out) made the starting XV for the second game in a row. Longtime Laser wearer Cueto must have been hoping for a similar game to that at Twickenham the weekend before however it did not work out the way he would have desired. Cueto tried to bring his speed and power in to the game but struggled in the English backline.