India might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of rugby playing nations, but the game is certainly growing in a country that is largely dominated by the traditional sports of cricket, hockey and kabbadi.
Gilbert recently supplied balls to the British High Commission in Delhi, who hosted a touch rugby tournament which proved to be a huge success. The tournament was held in conjunction with the local club – the Delhi Hurricanes – who themselves carry out a lot of work in under-privileged areas of the city.
Over a dozen teams participated in the tournament, including sides from the British High Commission, the Australian High Commission and the Fijian Embassy. Inclusiveness was the order of the day, as each team had to include a local player, a female player and an under 16s player.
The Fijians came out on top, perhaps not suffering in the heat like the Brits may have done – although BHC did win two of their pool matches!
The Delhi Hurricanes will be running more tournaments that will encourage as many teams from all backgrounds to participate. The Hurricanes website will have more information as news develops - http://www.delhihurricanes.com
All balls donated by Gilbert will go on to be used by underprivileged children as part of the Hurricanes outreach programme.
Gilbert are proud to be a small part of this event and many others like it; They are essential as we continue to help our great game grow in all corners of the world.
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