Gilbert have been producing rugby balls since 1823. They have a reputation as the market leader and are always developing technology to produce the best rugby balls, suitable for the level of play intended. Gilbert are proud to be associated with the Rugby Unions, Rugby World Cup and have provided the match ball for the past five tournaments. They are set to extend that to six, as they have already signed an agreement to provide the match ball for the 2015 WRC.
Gilbert have a vast range of rugby balls available for elite, club, school or recreational use. They manufacture the match ball for eight of the top test playing nations, including England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia.
The range of Gilbert balls caters for all budgets and includes training balls and match balls. The training balls are suitable for all levels of player but are generally used in schools rugby, youth rugby and at senior club rugby. The Training balls are all available in sizes 3, 4 and 5.
The Gilbert match balls are used throughout the world in all levels of the game including elite and professional standard. Theversion of the Virtuo ball is used in the Aviva premiership, whilst the Revolution X and the Barbarian rugby balls are used extensibly in adult rugby. The Zenon, Omega and Photon balls are all available in size 3, 4 and 5 whilst the Revolution X, Barbarian and Virtuo are only available in size 5.
Gilbert also have two women's rugby balls, sized 4.5. The VT400 is generally used as a training ball and the Vision is preferred as the match ball of choice in women's rugby.