Gilbert Launch RWC2019 Match Ball

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6 November 2018

Gilbert Rugby have officially launched the new Sirius - the official Rugby World Cup 2019 match ball – in time for the final round of 2018 international tour matches.

Two years in the making, the Sirius takes many of the popular and successful characteristics of the current Match-XV international match ball, with key developments focused on increased handling.

Gilbert claim that step changes in the design of the grip pattern mean the new ball offers the largest total surface area of any international match ball produced to date.

“Precision improvements create an exceptional rugby ball with greatly enhanced handling properties, yet one which is still familiar to the players.”

“Gilbert has developed new and innovative manufacturing technology to ensure consistent and precision placement of its highly defined, and patented, dual-height star shaped pimples.”

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: "From community clubs to test matches, Gilbert is a key player in rugby participation, enjoyment, competition and growth.

"The Rugby World Cup 2019 Sirius ball represents the forefront of ball technology and evolution and we are delighted to be launching a match ball that looks great and will advance performance for players in Japan next year.

"By launching now, we are ensuring that the teams have the best-possible access to Sirius before Rugby World Cup.”

Gilbert Rugby international sales and marketing director Richard Gray added: “We are extremely proud of our longstanding partnership with Rugby World Cup. It provides us with the perfect platform to introduce another innovative, yet

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