SRUSR would like to point (pun intended!) out that some football boots are fitted with studs that have a tip diameter of 5mm, half the minimum diameter as set down in World Rugby regs. As we all remember from our geometry and applied maths studies at school, such a reduction in area will increase contact pressure fourfold.
These studs are fitted to boots designed for soft ground conditions and look like these –
So make the pre-match studs check a formality for both player and referee – a pack of 16 aluminium studs costs approx. £4.