MATCH XV introdcued for the English Premiership and French Top 14 during August 2014 and used in top level test matches throughout 2014 and 2015.

MATCH XV introdcued for the English Premiership and French Top 14 during August 2014 and used in top level test matches throughout 2014 and 2015.

As the thread is pulled the stitches tighten and the ball is completed

As the thread is pulled the stitches tighten and the ball is completed

The loose stitches create a hole

The loose stitches create a hole

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.

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

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

RWC2011 match ball Gilbert International Brand Manager Andy Challis and former All Black Aaron Mauger at the launch of the official RWC 2011 Match Ball.

RWC2011 match ball Gilbert International Brand Manager Andy Challis and former All Black Aaron Mauger at the launch of the official RWC 2011 Match Ball.

The Gilbert World Cup ball has been well received by nearly all teams at RWC 2007 OFFICIAL MATCH BALL

The Gilbert World Cup ball has been well received by nearly all teams at RWC 2007 OFFICIAL MATCH BALL

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

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

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