What boots are England wearing in South Africa?
June 05, 2018
An England squad of thirty-four landed in South Africa over the course of the weekend, which means thirty-four kit bags full of kit, clothing and boots.
Whilst there are stories of famous players forgetting the latter in the past, we’d like to think that all the boys on the tour remembered to pack their ‘wheels’ for the three-Test series. But who’s going to be wearing what against the Boks? Well we’ve been through the team in order to identify what we expect to see grace the Emirates Airlines Park, Toyota Stadium and DHL Newlands respectively over the next couple of weeks.
There’s only one boot to start with and tha’s the Predator Malice Control from adidas. Designed for kicking backs, the boot has proven itself to be suitable for the guys out wide as well as a those in the back row. Twelve of the touring party, including Danny Cipriani, George Ford and young Tom Curry, finished their respective domestic campaigns in the boot and we can’t imagine they’ll be looking to switch things up so close such an important set of fixtures. As for the Predator Flare, Elliot Daly will once again be flying the flag.
The second most popular choice is another boot from the Three Stripes; the Kakari X Kevlar. Built for the front five, we’ll see guys like Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury and Joe Marler in the standard version of the boot, whilst Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler will wear a customised version without the sock. In total there will be seven members of the squad in the boot and updated versions of it. Elsewhere in the pack, Exeter Chiefs duo of Luke Cowan-Dickie and Jonny Hill are likely to line-up in the Kakari Elite, whilst Jamie George has taken a liking to the Kakari Light.
England captain Owen Farrell, as well as Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola and the uncapped Ben Spencer, will take to the field in Nike’s Tiempo Legend VII. Despite being designed for football, the boot is more than comfortable on the rugby pitch thanks to its reputation of offering supreme comfort.
Staying with Nike and we’ve got the Mercurial Vapor XII. It has proven to be the boot of choice for the back-line duo of Henry Slade and Jonny May in recent weeks, however it would come as no surprise if the pair were to switch into a different silo down in South Africa. The only other Nike boot we expect to see is the Hypervenom Phantom III DF, which Sam Simmonds has been a regular wearer of.
This leaves us with the footwear of five players to bring to your attention, so starting in the forwards we’ll see prop Harry Williams in an 8-stud version of the Mizuno Morelia Neo II, Brad Shields in the ASICS Lethal Speed RS ST and Mark Wilson in an adidas X 17.1. Out in the backs, Jason Woodward is likely to continue in the adidas Predator 18.1 football boot.
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