Ma’a Nonu joined the rare New Zealand All Blacks 100 cap club when he took the field against Tonga in the team’s final Pool match earlier this month. The milestone became obvious to all the fans at St James’ Park after the match when captain Richie McCaw presented the center with the special cap.
What was not as obvious was that the 33-year-old was wearing a custom pair of his adidas CrazyQuick Malice rugby cleats.
The subtle cleat designed included animal imagery symbolizing Nonu’s family on the upper and was made by his cleat sponsor adidas. The print included a shark, panda bear, lion, dinosaur, and other animals.
He is not the first player at this Rugby World Cup to pull on a pair of custom adidas cleats in tribute of hitting 100. Australia’s Matt Giteau was presented a special pair for his 100th cap.
“It’s a privilege to reach 100 tests for the All Blacks, and being able to wear the custom CrazyQuick boots will add extra significance to the occasion. Family is hugely important to me, so being able to include representations of my family into the design is a nice way of having all my whanau with me for this important match.” says Ma’a Nonu.
Nonu joins Richie McCaw, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Dan Carter and Mils Muliaina as the only All Blacks to reach the century mark. He scored the 7th and final try in the 47-9 win over Tonga before being carried off the shield on the shoulders of his teammates.
He said he was ‘honored and privileged’ to hit the milestone and thought he would come up short after suffering a broken arm in the Rugby Championship earlier this year. He will try and cap off his great Rugby World Cup run with an unprecedented 3rd RWC title for the All Blacks as they face the Australia Wallabies in Saturday’s final.
Only 20 pairs of the cleat were made most going to Nonu. They are not available for general sale.
But the adidas CrazyQuick Malice in Core Black (like the All Blacks are wearing in England and the adidas CrazyQuick Malice in Electric Yellow/Core Black are available at World Rugby Shop.