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What Size Rugby Ball is Right For Me?

April 07, 2020 2 min read

 

 

The table below indicates the rugby ball size and its appropriate age range.

Rugby balls sizes:

Size 5 - Length 285mm, Girth 585mm

Size 4 - Length 275m, Girth 545mm

Size 3 – Length 255mm, Girth 535mm

Midi - Length 215mm, Girth 420mm

Mini – Length 160mm, Girth 315mm

There are now rugby balls for many different uses. Key is what you intend to use it for. Rugby balls are available as recreational, training, specialist and match balls.

You will want to play and train with different balls. The Gilbert Sirius ball is the ball that was used at the most recent World Cup in Japan. It's like a F1 race tire. there is no better grip and no better ball to kick. But it won't last a season if you play with it every day.

Generally, the higher level of play the better quality ball you should choose. Gilbert's prices reflect the technical specification of a ball. They are a straight forward company. You get what you pay for. Quality can be measured in the following ways:
- Grip
- Balance
- Durability
- Resilience
- Size

The key rugby ball categories are:

The Gilbert Replica Ball is ideal for players and fans who want a high quality ball to practice training and handling at home. It also makes a great display piece as it holds air for longer than lesser balls. Gilbert replica rugby balls are made with three ply backing material to ensure great shape retention. The balls use the standard Gilbert pimple grip pattern and a tacky rubber surface. They are high quality hand stitched rugby balls with a synthetic latex bladder for optimum air retention.

The Gilbert Supporter Ball is the perfect rugby ball for memorabilia or for a little fun on the beach.

The Gilbert Training Ball is made with cost and longevityin mind. It can withstand the rigors of multiple training sessions. Key is the grip which will wear depending on the amount of use and the type of ground it is used on. The drier and harder the ground the shorter the life of the ball. the Training ball uses more synthetic rubber rather than natural rubber which improves its durability.

The Gilbert Match Ball is designed for top flight rugby. Every first team should be playing with this quality match ball. These balls are far more expensive and should be limited to match play only. Gilbert Match balls contain a lot more natural rubber which improves the grip. Gilbert match balls also feature a patented valve which improves the spin and flight of the ball. Most international rugby games are played with a Gilbert Ball.

The table below indicates the rugby ball size and its appropriate age range.

Rugby balls sizes:

Size 5 - Length 285mm, Girth 585mm

Size 4 - Length 275m, Girth 545mm

Size 3 – Length 255mm, Girth 535mm

Midi - Length 215mm, Girth 420mm

Mini – Length 160mm, Girth 315mm