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Rugby’s evolving; the game is getting faster, forwards and backs are becoming more and more alike and the number on your back matters less and less. Step forward the new Horizon and All Blacks pack from adidas.

To meet the demands of the modern game adidas launch 3 new boots; the Kakari x Kevlar 2, the Predator Malice Control and the all-new Predator XP. Each are built for a certain type of player – but which one’s for you?

All 3 boots come in two striking colourways – the All Black pack which will be worn exclusively by, you guessed it, the All Blacks. Featuring details lifted from their RWC Collection and the blue Horizon pack worn by all other players at the Rugby World Cup.

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Predator Malice Control

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First up is the next reincarnation of the Predator Malice Control built for those who run the game like George Ford, Johnny Sexton and Beauden Barrett.

The boot features a leather upper, re-introduced for these next generation boots, providing ultimate comfort. The synthetic leather upper is studded with rubber razors, a new technology which helps create unrivalled grip and kicking accuracy in all conditions. Add to this asymmetrical lacing and you’ve got an even bigger sweet spot to help you when you need it most.

This upper sits on top of a lightweight and flexible nylon outsole with a 6-stud configuration that’s built for speed and agility.

Predator XP

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Next, the newcomer and a future classic; the Predator XP built for the creators, whatever the number on their back. This boot will be worn by everyone from backrow like Kieran Read, centres like Sonny Bill Williams and wingers like Anthony Watson.

It’s built on the same lightweight and flexible outsole as the Predator Malice Control ensuring speed isn’t an issue. It also features asymmetrical lacing for an increased striking sweet spot, but the rubber razors are replaced by a moulded upper with rubber fins.

Instead of a synthetic leather upper though It features a featherweight circular knitted upper for comfort, breathability and weight reduction making it the lightest boot in the collection.

A stitched tongue, twice the amount of lace holes and padded ankle support ensures you get the fit you want and comfort for the full 80 mins.

Kakari x Kevlar 2.0

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Last is a familiar favourite, the Kakari x Kevlar 2.0 which refines and improves on its predecessor.

Built for players operating in the tight five, the backbone of any team, it’s designed from the ground up for traction and stability. The likes of Mako Vunipola, Maro Itoje and Sam Whitelock will all be pulling on the Kevlars.

From a midfoot cage and sock liner to a newly added tongue, all the details have been thought of to ensure your feet are kept locked firmly in place. Add in Kevlar taping and an 8-stud soleplate with longer studs, it guarantees there’s no give when you need to go forward.

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