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Calling all rugby balls – it’s the Match-XV Factor!

Gilbert Rugby News — Published on August 11 , 2015

At Gilbert, we pride ourselves on being rugby’s original brand. However, not only are we the leaders for longevity, we are the leaders in quality as well.

So for Rugby World Cup 2015, we put our latest match ball to the test. We sent the Match-XV around the country to take part in a gruelling series of tests to ensure its performance was of the highest standard, befitting the biggest rugby tournament of all time.

From Brighton to Newcastle, Exeter to Cardiff and everywhere in between, we visit the 14 host cities and stadiums that will welcome teams, players and fans from all over the world.

Our testing has been rigorous and incorporates elements of each of the host cities, such as the world famous Cheese Rolling in Gloucester and the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham.

Tests include checks on flight, grip, handling and visibility, all ensuring that the Match-XV performs in the manner expected by a Gilbert ball.

RWC 2015 will be the sixth consecutive tournament that has used Gilbert as the official ball, stretching back to 1995 in South Africa. Each ball since then has had its own unique look, but the one thing that has remained a constant is the quality that has been delivered.

The Match-XV design is a break away from the traditional look and feel of tournament balls that until now have only featured blue and green. However, the ball itself will be no surprise to the players when they get their hands on it. The Match-XV has been in use domestically and internationally around the world since the beginning of the 2014 season, including use in the 6 Nations, Rugby Championship, European Rugby, Premiership Rugby, Top 14 and Super Rugby.

We have 15 enchanting episodes of the Match-XV Factor for you to enjoy as Rugby World Cup 2015 draws closer. New episodes will go live every couple of days, so keep checking and our social media pages or sign-up to our newsletter to ensure you don’t miss any new releases or Rugby World Cup 2015 competitions!

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