This season players studs will come under greater scrutiny so all players must ensure their studs conform with IRB specifications. Blades are okay but if your son has football studs in their boots then they will need to be changed. Most sports shops will sell rugby studs and they are relatively inexpensive.

For the record: ‘Studs of player’s boots must conform with IRB Specifications (Regulation 12), must not be longer than 21 mm, and must not have any burring or sharp edges’.