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Gilbert Wales Vintage Rugby Ball


Official Gilbert WALES Rugby Vintage Leather Ball 1881

Celebrate the history of Wales rugby with this handcrafted vintage leather ball commemorating the long standing relationship between the team and the sport of rugby, and the team's first international competition in 1881. Created by Gilbert, this is awonderful rugby memorabilia that makes a great decorative piece for any lover of the game and the Wales Dragons.

Wales has always been at the forefront of rugby, its first national club being formed just a few years after the first ever official rugby union. The Welsh team has a long history filled with records and firsts, and the team has earned its place in the world of rugby. Wales has competed annually in the Six Nations Championship since it was established in 1883. They have won the tournament 27 times, most recent in 2019. That same year, Wales finished fourth at the Rugby World Cup and reached number 1 in the World Rugby rankings.


  • Leather
  • Officially licensed
  • Premium Leather ball embossed with team logo and year 1881
  • Color: Black
  • By Gilbert Rugby, original rugby ball manufacturer

For information on how to care for rugby balls, Visit our Ball Care Guide



1. In order to get the needle into the ball, dampen the needle with water.

2. The valve for the ball is situated in the main panel, but on the match balls the valve is hidden in the seam.

3. Make sure there is enough space for the needle to go all the way in without touching the facing inside wall of the ball. Not doing this may puncture the ball from the inside. Hold the neck of the valve with two fingers. Pinch it, wet the needle and slide it in.

4. It also helps to grip the entry point from underneath to make sure the needle goes all the way in.

5.The most mentioned problem when inflating balls is that the needle isn’t inserted into the bladder. If you hear air escaping, you haven’t put the needle all the way into the bladder of the ball.


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