This weekend saw the 2013/14 Aviva Premiership get underway and whilst it was business as usual for the top teams in securing victories, our expert eyes were firmly focused on boot spotting and in particular the popularity of the Mizuno Morelia Neo in all its colourful autumn glory.
It wasn’t just one or two players who were sporting the orange look either as a handful of players took to the field and certainly brightened up the play. Whilst it may not be embraced by rugby purists who prefer a more traditional black design, there is certainly no arguing that Mizuno have gone all out for high visibility in their latest offering.
Leading the way, in terms of points at least, was Leicester Tigers Ryan Lamb who marked his move from rivals Northampton Saints with ten points on the board from his boot. The fly-half will have certainly benefitted from the luxurious soft leather employed across the upper, making for a natural feel of the ball every time he strikes it.
In the same match, Worcester Warriors Ignacio Mieres was also sporting the same boot as well as putting points on the board. Proving that orange or rather autumn glory and diva blue, really does go with any rugby kit, the Argentine will certainly have appreciated the lightweight design which weighs in at just 190g (UK size, FG version).
Away from Welford Road and Harlequins Maurie Fa’asavalu lit up the pitch as he came off the bench to help secure the visitors opening day victory against Wasps. With Quins proudly having one of the most colourful kits in the rugby world, the design of the Mizuno Morelia Neo certainly looks the part.
Proving they mean business this season, Northampton Saints dispatched of Exeter and there was another appearance for Mizuno as Kahn Fotuali’i laced up the orange number. Having made the move from the Ospreys over the summer, Kahn will have embraced the speed and comfort of his latest boot which even comes with a mesh panel over the tongue to help keep you cool in the heat of battle. A little touch which is sure to be welcomed by the professionals and amateurs alike.
Rounding up our boot spotting and Saracens number eight, Ernst Joubert will have enjoyed the enhanced flexibility on offer as he took to the field in the FG version. With eight conical studs over the front and four across the heel, this lends itself to powerful play across firm pitch surfaces throughout the season.
Just in case you need any further persuasion as to the prowess of the Mizuno Morelia Neo, then check out this blog all about the rugby boot.
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