Martino Pellizzari, Genaral Manager of Gilbert Italy (Land-Mark S.r.l.), said: “We are honoured to become F.I.R. partners. The Italian national team will now use the same rugby balls that will be used in the Rugby World Cup 2015. This will undoubtedly be very appreciated by the Italy players as they prepare for the biggest Rugby World Cup we have ever seen.”
Gilbert Sales and Marketing Director, Richard Gray, said “We are very excited that Gilbert has been chosen as the official ball of Italian rugby. We are particularly proud that the addition of Italy to the Gilbert family means that - for the first time ever - the same (Gilbert) ball will now be used in every game of the Six Nations Championship."
The Gilbert and F.I.R. partnership also extends to the national club tournaments the "Campionato di Eccellenza” and lower tier "Serie A”. These will use Gilbert rugby balls starting from next season (2015/16).