There may be no more passionate rugby-playing country than Wales. The Nation has produced some of the finest players ever – from JPR Williams to Ieuan Evans, Gareth Edwards to Shane Williams.
Gilbert is proud to support the Welsh Rugby Union and is the country’s official ball supplier. However, we are equally proud of our role in supporting grassroots rugby.
Schools and clubs are the life blood of the game – without those such as Penroed RFC (featured in the images in this article), there would be no international legends or historic Welsh triumphs. – in fact Penroed has had a host of Welsh international players including
Wayne Hall, Scott Gibbs, former Welsh Captain Gareth Thomas & Gavin Henson and Gareth Cooper.
Starting as young as under 7s, there is a clear pathway for rugby in Wales, with Gilbert used at the start and at the game’s pinnacle. So whether it is a child’s first game or their 100th cap for Wales, there is a mapped progression to the next level laid out for them.
And while the full-contact game isn’t for everyone, there are a host of opportunities to play touch rugby. The WRU host touch rugby leagues throughout the summer, while in schools touch is very popular, along with increasing participation in Atomic Touch – a hybrid of rugby, basketball and ultimate Frisbee – a multi-directional game to get more kids touching the ball in a game.
Gilbert also has strong links with Newport and the Newport Gwent Dragons. Not only are we the official ball supplier of Newport RFC but we also provide the match and training kit for them and the Dragons.
2016/17 promises to be another great season Welsh Rugby from the grassroots to the RBS 6 Nations. Gilbert look forward to every kick, pass and try.
Thanks to Julie Hancock for the images - find more at http://juliehancock.org
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