The 2014 Six Nations is one of the most competitive in recent memory if not tournament history and Rugby Rugby takes a look at the key moments and players in this edition of Cleat Spotting.
But before we get started a quick look at the 2014 Six Nations table tells the story. Ireland, England, Wales, and France are all tied on 4 points after 3 matches followed by Scotland and France on 2 and 0, points respectively.
England put in a come-from-behind performance to defeat Ireland 13-10 at Twickenham. The Red Rose’s Danny Care put the finishing touches on the match with his breakaway try. The scrumhalf pulled away from the pursuit in his Nike Tiempo Legend V
Brian O’Driscoll was a key in the losing effort for Ireland but took another step to a personal achievement in the game. The center earned his 139th cap to equal the all-time cap record held by the Australia Wallabies George Gregan. O’Driscoll was wearing the adidas Incurza.
Wales put in a convincing performance with their 27-6 win over France at the Millennium Stadium. The cleat of Leigh Halfpenny booted in 17 points to help Warren Gatland’s side keep hopes alive to retain the Six Nations title. Halfpenny uses the accuracy and sure-footing provided by the adidas Incurza.
George North, who scored the opening try for Wales, takes on a newer approach with his choice of adidas rugby cleats. The wing opts to wear the adidas Adizero RS7 PRO XTRX that was unveiled the end of 2013 by the German based brand.
Duncan Weir salvaged a late 21-20 win for Scotland over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The home side appeared to be on the way to the win after Josh Furno scored a late try that was converted by Luciano Orquera but Weir hit a perfect drop goal with seconds left. Weir wears the adidas Predator Incurza in the latest light blue colorway.
And Weir gives himself an extra edge wearing some TRUSOX socks. The distinct polka-dot pattern around the ankle is the tell-tale sign of TRUSOX. The sock provides more control and stability of the foot inside the cleat to help with accuracy.
The Italian defender making a last gasp effort to deny Weir is in the Puma evoSpeed, another traditional soccer cleat being worn more and more by top rugby players.
The majority of the players wear wearing 1 of the adidas silos but Nike, who is becoming a bigger player in rugby, had each of their top silos spotted as well. Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy pulled on a pair of his Nike Mercurial Vapor IX.
Rhys Priestland of Wales made the switch from adidas to Nike last year ahead of the Six Nations. After some silo changes, the fly-half seems to have settled on the Nike Tiempo Legend recently pulling on the Dark Charcoal colorway.
France’s Bruce Dulin wears the Swoosh as well. He opts for the control of the Nike CTR360 Maestri III.
And teammate Hugo Bonneval opts for a cleat from Nike’s newest silo, the Hypervenom. He was in the Nike Hypervenom Phantom SG Pro.
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