Rich in Maori heritage – adidas adizero Malice ‘Wellington’

January 26, 2017

If you liked the limited-edition boots released for the Cape Town leg of the HSBC World Sevens circuit, then you’re in for a treat.

adidas Rugby has today unveiled the second boot in its Rugby Sevens inspired range, the Wellington Sevens adizero CrazyQuick Malice is set to be worn during the Wellington round of the HSBC World Sevens circuit.

Wellington is known for its rich cultural heritage and adidas have tried to reflect this in a boot that screams tradition and pride. Inspired by Māori legend, the boot features a striking design by renowned New Zealand artist Dave Burke and NZ Rugby KAUMATUA Luke Crawford. The design depicts the story of Wellington’s rich mythological history and the qualities of speed, strength and determination which are all attributes needed to be a great 7’s player.

The boot graphics tell the story of Ngake and Whātaitai, two legendary supernatural creatures (taniwhā) credited with the creation of Wellington’s Harbour, surrounding hills, bays and harbour entrance. The positioning and use of different graphics on the boots stays true to the legend, geographical and mythical past of Wellington City.

Each boot features a taniwhā, Ngake (left boot) & Whātaitai (right boot), and showcases elements of the legend and on-field activity. Ngake’s head can be found at the front of the left boot and is supported by spiralling shapes that represent speed and strength. The story of Whātaitai is shown with designs of the Pātiki (flounder fish), Keo bird, and swirling patterns that represent momentum.

This beautiful design is sure to be a favourite with the players on the circuit this weekend. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to pull on a pair of these off? Head over to Lovell Rugby now to order yourself a pair.


The adizero Malice ‘Wellington’ is now available at Lovell Rugby.


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