Are you looking to find the right pair of kids rugby boots for your child or children?
The new season is just upon us so knowing what to buy is important.
As Official Sports Retailer of the IRFU, we love our rugby, so that’s why we’ve created this guide to picking the right kids rugby boots for you.
We’ll discuss what features to look out for, sizing, some of the brands, tips on measuring feet and also answer ‘can kids wear soccer boots for rugby?’.
Kids Rugby Boots: Features
Making sure your kids rugby boots have some important features can really help your child, as well as saving you money.
Things to look out for:
Because of a lot of amateur rugby is played during the Autumn/Winter, the ground tends to be mucky and slippy.
So making sure your child has good traction is essential.
For soft ground, your child will need at least six metal studs, which help in transitions, scrums, breakdowns and more.
Rugby boots have a longer stud than soccer or football boots too, which is what sets them apart.
A mesh lining makes sure your little one’s feet can breathe while a one piece high scuff resistant PU upper provides essential durability and abrasion resistance to last then through a long rugby season.
Shock attenuating properties help to reduce strain to their lower limbs so they can always play at maximum power with less risk of injury.
There is a lot of potential for strain to ankles in rugby, so plenty of cushioning will provide ample protection.
It will also ensure maximum comfort for your child.
There’s quite the different in requirements for backs and forwards in rugby, so their boots vary too.
For example, backs will prefer a lighter, more nimble boot to focus on speed and footwork.
Forwards will need a tougher, more secure boot with protection and grip in abundance.
Kids Rugby Boots: Sizing
Rugby boots should be as snug without contacting the toes as possible at the foot’s end.
Women’s sizing, on the other hand, differs from conventional shoe sizing and is roughly one and a half sizes smaller. For instance, a woman wearing a size 9 regular shoe should wear a size 7.5 rugby boot.
The size of the person’s feet will determine the boot size that is selected. But when purchasing rugby boots, a 1-inch space between the foot and the boot is excellent.
Rugby boots come in a variety of sizes, from junior to adult. Please compare the size charts provided with the specific items.
The same applies to kids.
Can kids wear football boots in rugby?
In a nutshell: yes.
Football boots are constructed with speed and agility in mind, whereas rugby boots are made with the need for power and stability in mind.
As a result, rugby boots are frequently bigger, have elevated heels, have more and larger studs, and have an ankle cut that is higher.
However, there are also a few more complex points to consider. Football boots are frequently worn by rugby backs players because their positions call for a lot of agility and kicking.
This explains why some rugby players favour football boots.
For rugby forwards, whose needs are extremely different, this is less true.
Consider the force and weight that a front row forward experiences when in a scrum.
It is crucial that they have a solid foundation from which to push, which is why they need bigger boots with more and larger studs than soccer boots.
How to measure kids feet?
If you’re not sure how to measure your kids’ feet at home, we can help.
Or call in-store where our Sports Advisors will only be delighted to help.
We hope this guide helped your journey in finding the right kids rugby boots.
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