The speculation surrounding the future of Sonny Bill Williams seems to never go away, however last weekend we found a strong indication that he may be on his way back to the XV man game.
The NZRU are hoping to lure him back to New Zealand with a big money contract and the chance to feature at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England as well as be part of the New Zealand 7’s squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Before announcing his return to rugby league in 2012, the cross-code star was wearing a pair of white/red adidas adiZero RS7 boots which he was issued with for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. This was the last pair of boots that adidas issued him with whilst he was playing in the Super XV and representing the All Blacks, even though new colourways were being released.
He has fluttered with boots from both Asics and Nike in the past 12 months although last weekend, when the Sydney Roosters went up against the Manly Sea Eagles, SBW pulled out a pair of the latest adidas AdiZero RS7 Rugby Boots. This boot choice makes us think that the NZPBA Heavyweight Champion is on his way back to union and back to the All Blacks.
When players are representing the All Blacks they are required to wear adidas boots for both training and matches. The famous 3 stripes brand cooled their interest in SBW when he confirmed that he was moving to the NRL but with his future yet to be confirmed, could they be the deal sweetener for his return to rugby union?
The RS7 is the lightest rugby specific boot ever created by adidas and is worn by current All Blacks Israel Dagg, Julian Savea and Liam Messam. The boots features a Sprint Skin upper which sits on a Sprint Frame. These two features make the RS7 a great choice for players looking to cover ground quickly but also seeking a boot which offers comfort and stability.