The panels are hand stitched using Polyester thread, that is coated with a man made wax which makes the thread stronger, waterproof and helps to lock the stitches together. Two needles are used to form double lock stitches.
Rugby Football History - Press and Knife Layers of cotton and polyester material are bonded together using glue. This is then covered with a layer of rubber to produce the laminate sheets that the ball panels are cut from. The sheets are printed with the desired panel design and then cut into panel shapes using a knife. The knife is a specially designed metal tool used to cut the exact shape of each panel. The cutting process uses a hydraulic press and templates to ensure accuracy
The items James Gilbert collected from his contacts in the game form the basis for the Gilbert museum established in 1987. Since those early days the Gilbert ball has been used by almost every rugby nation and at all levels of the game