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Showcase: Rugby

As the Rugby season really gets into its stride, we take a look at some of the latest clothing and equipment to hit the pitches.


'Torpedo Respect' Adidas’ Torpedo Respect Heineken Cup rugby ball is 100 per cent hand stitched and

manufactured from

natural rubber. The interior is composed of a mixture of latex and butyl, said to offer exceptional quality and durability both in handling as well as kicking. In addition, through positioning the valve in the seam and not in the middle of a panel, there is an enhanced sweet spot area for kicking. RRP £50

Nike England kits

Nike has launched next season’s England rugby home and change kits. The classic all- white bodied home shirt is

subtly trimmed with grey thorns on the side panels and shoulders, while the change kit is high-lustre anthracite trimmed with an intertwined thorn design on the waist panels and shoulders. Both shirts boast Nike’s tight fitting technology and ergonomically designed jerseys and underarm sleeve panels are designed to give players complete freedom of movement, comfort and optimised fit. RRP Shirt £90 Replica jersey £50

On the touchline

Precision Training Ultimate Windbreaker

Suitable for cold weather training, the Ultimate Windbreaker is a 100 per cent PU-coated soft-feel polyester shell with water-resistant taped seams and a mesh lining. New features include a ribbed round neck collar, elasticated cuffs and open hem waistband with toggled cord. Lightweight, for greater freedom of movement,

Precision Training say this windbreaker is ideal for all types of rugby training. Available in sizes XXS-XXL. RRP £29.99

Precision Training All-in-one Sub Suit

Designed for keeping subs warm and ready to play, the suit is made from a shower- proof nylon with quilted lining and full- length zip down to the ankles. Available in both junior and senior sizes, it’s available in black and navy. Sizes XXS-XXL.

RRP £29.99 Puma PowerCat 1.10 Union Ball

Developed in conjunction with Mark Tainton – kicking coach to the IRFU – this ball incorporates Puma’s weight balance system designed to improve flight stability and increase kicking distance. Said to provide exceptional dynamics when kicking, whilst maintaining a soft touch for good grip and easy handling and passing, the PowerCat ball has a multi layer polymer-based construction with kicking sweet spots illustrated on the ball casing to improve kicking accuracy. A four-layer polymer/rubber laminate outer shell is said to give good shape retention and minimise water uptake whatever the conditions. RRP £40

18 Puma King Finale

The King Finale is designed for players wanting a classic look with modern technology and materials. Designed for rugby

and soccer, it is manufactured in premium leather upper. Features include a rounder toe-box and traditional fold-over tongue secured by a hook-and- loop fastener, designed to give a cleaner kicking area and improve pressure distribution on ball impact, Puma claims. Puma Aptolast allows the upper to mould to the player’s foot, and there is an anatomically shaped sockliner with memory foam insert for comfort and fit. RRP £100

Opro Platinum

Opro say the Platinum brings together the best attributes of the OPROshield Gold range with two significant new features – multiple protection zones and guaranteed inter jaw thickness. There are four protection zones, OPROfins for fit and retention, frontal zones for external impact, concussion zones for blows through the lower jaw and a skeletal framework bringing them all together. Inter jaw thickness is guaranteed due to the OPROhandle, said to allow ease of fitting and prevents the wearer from biting through or over thinning the fitting surface of the mouthguard. RRP £24.00

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