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Gilbert Control-A-Ball Training Rugby Ball Pack


Gilbert Control-A-Ball Pack

The Gilbert Control-A-Ball Set is a unique training tool designed to increase player awareness and skill level.From beginners first learning the pass, to elite teams preparing for unpredictable situations, this set will increase reflex and responsiveness. As no two rugby matches are the same, training with this kit prepares players for whatever happens on the pitch and helps turn mistakes into game-changing plays.

Partnering with former Springboks and Montpellier coach, Richie Gray, Gilbert developed 5 hand-stitched balls, each with slightly different behaviors to test player’s reactions.

Featuring 5 Balls:

  • UNSTABLE ball: Fill with water for practice handling messy plays; those wayward catches, wobbly passes, and mid-tackle offloads. Use the provided pump to add water to the ball – by unscrewing the pump lid, filling with water, then injecting through the air valve.
  • GRIPLESS ball: The completely smooth surface challenges the player’s hand position and grip strength.
  • HEAVY ball: Conditions players to feel the pass in hand and trains reflexes.
  • LIGHT ball: Conditions players to feel the pass in hand and trains reflexes.
  • MATCH ball: High-quality ball allowing players to apply their new fluency when switching up drills.

Ball Care:

  • Inflate to 9.5 psi using a hand pump
  • Prior to training or match, use a soft cloth, light detergent and warm water to remove dirt and residue from your rugby ball. This ensures that the grip remains in prime condition for maximum length of time.
  • Store in a dry environment

For more information, Visit our Ball Care Guide

Unsure which ball to choose? Visit our helpful buyers guide

Unavailable for shipping to Canada. All balls ship deflated.



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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