Best Rugby Boots for Backs 2017-18

adidas Predator Malice Control SG

We review the 5 best rugby boots for backs 2017-18. This is the ultimate list of the top 5 best rugby boots for backs playing on soft ground (SG).

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a scrum half, fly half, centre, wing or full back we’ve reviewed the best rugby boots to match your playing position.



1. adidas Predator Malice Control SG review

adidas Predator Malice Control SG

Using legendary predator technology in the forefoot for kicking accuracy, they are lightweight and made with soft performance material. The new stud configuration offers stability in all conditions. Kickers can command the ball in all conditions with NON STOP GRIP (NSG), a thin layer of raised dots applied to the upper for increased control


  • Asymmetrical lacing for a larger kicking sweet spot
  • predator® technology in the forefoot
  • SPRINTFRAME construction for improved stability
  • SPEEDTRAXION high-speed soft ground (SG) stud alignment for maximum acceleration
  • 10 mm heel raise for dynamic foot positioning

Worn by: George Ford, Dan Carter, Stuart Hogg

8.5 Reviewer
The kickers choice. Crammed with features; lightweight; comfortable and good enough to be crowned best rugby boots for backs 2017-18.

2. Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Anti Clog SG Pro review

Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Anti Clog SG Pro

For those who like to kick, there is a full Flyknit upper with new multi-layered Poron® foam pods integrated into a strike zone. Also, Flywire technology which sees the four lace holes either side of the laces Flywire technology which sees the four lace holes either side of the laces, complimented by offset lacing which gives a greater striking surface, this gives a more lockdown feel. Underneath anti-clog soleplate that helps prevent mud from sticking to the sole.


  • ANTI-CLOG traction prevents mud from sticking
  • Flyknit upper with improved strike zone wraps your foot fully
  • Flywire asymmetrical lacing system
  • HyperReactive plate for responsive stability
  • Tongueless design helps reduce distractions
  • Soft-ground (SG-PRO) studs configuration
8.4 Reviewer
Exceptional rugby boot for kicking, in both wet and dry conditions. Also, helped by Anti clog traction. Packed with features that could make it good enough to be our best rugby boots for backs 2017-18, but obscene pricing means its only affordable to a few.

3. Asics Gel Lethal Speed SG review

Asics Gel Lethal Speed SG

Constructed on a Solyte Midsole to enhance cushioning. It is also outfitted with HG10mm technology, raising the heel by 10mm, designed to shift the body forward, reducing strain on the lower limb and minimising the risk of injury.


  • HG10mm Technology
  • Kangaroo Leather Vamp upper for greater touch and durability
  • Solyte® MidsoleHybrid upper construction provides performance and comfort

Worn by: Izzy Folau, Sam Davies

7.8 Reviewer
Sleek and sexy design. Key heel raise feature for improving speed boosted by k-leather luxury. Good enough for some of the worlds most exciting backs.

4. Puma evoSpeed 17 SL K Leather SG review

Puma evoSpeed 17 SL K Leather SG

Designed for speed, these are perfect for backline players. Laser-cut SPEEDFRAME supports during forward acceleration and quick turns. Ultra-thin, K-Touch Upper’s leather creates exceptional touch.


  • K-leather upper
  • SPEEDFRAME for torsion stability
  • Hybrid stud configuration for soft ground (SG)
  • Ultra-lightweight

Worn by: Elton Jantjies

7.0 Reviewer
Designed for speed and acceleration. Lightweight means everything has been stripped away. Popular with South African players, but not good enough for our best rugby boots for backs 2017-18.

5. Canterbury Speed 2.0 Elite SG review

Canterbury Speed 2.0 Elite SG

Speed means lightweight and these are 35g lighter than the 2016 Speed Elite. The Airmesh synthetic upper carries minimal weight.The Speed 6 outsole plate is engineered for explosive and reactive agility, with a mixture of conical and removable studs. The diagonal forefoot flex works with your foot when changing direction at top speed. An 8mm heel raise provides a dynamic foot positioning and reduces lower limb strain.


  • Airmesh lightweight synthetic upper
  • Anti-slip lining and collar
  • Hidden lacing for control
  • Speed 6 hybrid outsole with diagonal flex
  • Slim fit for dynamic fit
  • 8mm heel raise reduces lower limb strain
6.8 Reviewer
Improvements over the 2016 model, but this one just doesn't quite have the finesse of its rivals. The slim fit will be too uncomfortable for some.

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