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Rugby: Official Rugby World Cup 2015 ball design launched

20130903_CROP September 3, 2013: Gilbert Rugby has launched the design of the official match ball of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.


The England 2015 ball artwork has been designed by the UK-based firm with performance and players in mind, while taking inspiration from the ‘Modern Classic’ tournament look and feel that will be synonymous with the world’s third-largest sports event.


Player consultation has been central to the design details, with contrasting colours on the ends of the ball enhancing visibility for passing. Bold colours along the seams provide kickers with strong visual references.


The design also features the official tournament social media hashtag, #RWC2015, highlighting the importance of social media for event owners and associated brands.


Rugby World Cup 2015 replica balls will be available from September 23 through the tournament’s official online shop at and in store via official outlets around the world.


Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Gilbert is a brand that is synonymous with Rugby World Cup, having supplied balls for all tournaments since 1995. We are delighted to be launching an official Rugby World Cup 2015 match ball design that does not just look great but will assist and enhance player performance through Gilbert’s expertise and unparalleled attention to detail.


“I have no doubt that this ball will become a sought-after and iconic feature of a tournament that is on track to mark another successful and memorable chapter in the remarkable Rugby World Cup story, bringing together people the length and breadth of England and around the world for a festival that will showcase rugby and the nation to record audiences.”


A world leader in match ball innovation and development in international rugby for more than a century, Gilbert will supply the match, training and replica balls for rugby’s global showcase event.


Attention now turns to the ball’s technical development. As with previous Rugby World Cups, the new ball will be in use for over a year prior to England 2015, in both domestic and international rugby, and in both hemispheres, ensuring that almost every professional player in the world will be familiar with the ball.


To join the Front Row and be in with a chance of winning an official match ball signed by England Rugby 2015 Ambassadors Will Greenwood, Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Maggie Alphonsi, visit:

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