Caring For Your Rugby Ball

Rugby balls come in many different qualities but, in all cases if you look after your ball, you are sure to extend its useful life. Cleaning and drying your rugby ball after use will ensure the grip, stays in prime condition for longer. It is also very important to think of sensible places to store the balls, when not in use.

Rugby balls are constructed using various layers (ply) of materials and then coated with a rubber compound. Different styles of grips are built into this rubber compound depending on the quality and manufacturer. The most common grip is the standard grip and is used on most of the Gilbert Rugby Balls except the latest GTR3000 and GTR4000 training balls which use a Tri-angular grip.

Cleaning your rugby balls
After training or matches, your rugby ball will be in need of a good clean. As most rugby is played during winter, it is more than likely to be muddy and wet after the session or game. To extend the life of the ball, it is important that it is never stored away whilst still wet or damp.
Cleaning the ball will also give you or your players, more chance of catching the ball as the grip will remain in peak condition.

Follow these tips when cleaning your rugby ball

1. After use, wipe your ball with a damp or wet cloth.
2. Wipe the ball with a cloth using a small amount of soap or detergent
3. Wipe the ball again with a damp or wet cloth
4. Pat the ball dry using a clean, dry towel or leave to stand in a warm dry, well ventilated room.
5. Store the ball in a purpose designed ball bag. Use one with ventilated side panels.

Following these tips will ensure your ball is able to withstand the harsh conditions it will be
exposed to, for longer.

Some Lusum Rugby Balls come with their own individual breathable ball bag. This should be used to protect the grip on the ball.

When storing your rugby balls, consider the temperature it is likely to be exposed to. During hard cold winters or hot dry summers, storing your ball or balls in the garage or garden shed, would be ill advised. Try to find a well ventilated area away from direct sunlight.

Prior to every use it is also important the air pressure is checked and maintained. The PSI is printed on good quality balls and should be adhered to. The better quality balls are designed to slowly release air so, will need to be re-inflated at regular intervals.

For more information please see our Rugby Ball Buying Guide or go to our rugby section Rugby Balls

We also stock many other rugby balls from manufacturers including:-

Mitre Rugby Balls


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