Gilbert Rugby are delighted to welcome young USA Eagles Fly-half Ben Cima on board as a brand ambassador, where he joins fellow International players, Jake Ball, Sean Cronin, Francesco Minto, Clement Maynadier, Wen Lauret, Thierry Dusautoir and Richard Hibbard as part of #TeamGilbert
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ben plays his club rugby for Rocky Gorge in the US Mid-Atlantic Men’s Division 1 and made his USA Eagles debut this February (2017) in the Americas Rugby Championship victory over Uruguay. At the tender age of just 20, Cima shot into the rugby spotlight in 2016 when he helped the Men's Junior All Americans cement their place in the World Rugby U20 Trophy by successfully kicking a final-second 50+ meter penalty against the Canada Juniors.
At the U20 Trophy tournament in Zimbabwe, Cima did it again. This time nailing a 45-meter kick to defeat Uruguay. Cima made his first senior appearance with the USA Rugby Selects at the Americas Pacific Challenge in October 2016. Ben has represented the Men's Junior All Americans (U20) at the 2014 Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong and in 2016 in Zimbabwe.
Ben Cima commented “I am delighted to join Gilbert in this partnership to continue the expansion of the brand into North America. Since I was a 6 year old rugby player I was kicking balls with that name on top, Gilbert accompanied me my whole rugby career, and now I am representing the brand.“
“This is a tremendous year for me, having my first cap, being part of a fantastic group of men defending the colour of their country, and finally becoming a Gilbert ambassador to the rugby community and most important to the kids that like me are starting to kick a rugby ball. Much like Gilbert, I have exciting times ahead of me in my rugby career and this partnership will only push it forward. Fantastic experience.”
Andrew Challis, Global Brand Manager of Gilbert Rugby added “Gilbert have been proud partners to USA Rugby for many years and have always taken great pleasure in supporting rugby in the US at every level. We are therefore delighted that Ben is joining our team of International Brand Ambassadors – we see our new partnership as being a great opportunity to work with Ben to highlight the growth and increased popularity of the game in the US."
Ben currently wears the Ignite Headguard, Evolution V1 boots and Triflex XP2 shoulder pads – all available now from www.gilbertrugby.com
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