Gilbert on the ball for Women’s Rugby World Cup

British brand named official match ball supplier of rugby union showpiece.

Gilbert on the ball for Women’s Rugby World Cup

Gilbert has extended its longstanding partnership with World Rugby to continue as the official match ball supplier of this year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

The rugby equipment manufacturer is a long-term partner of rugby union’s global governing body and has provided the balls for every edition of the flagship event since it first began in 1991.

Additionally, the British brand has developed an official range of replica and supporter products exclusively for the tournament.

Bill Beaumont, chairman of World Rugby, said: “With just 20 days to go until Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 gets underway, today’s announcement furthers excitement as the teams prepare to depart for Dublin.

“We are delighted to be extending our longstanding partnership with Gilbert as official match ball supplier and I am sure that the ball will play its full part in what promises to be an exciting and highly competitive Women’s Rugby World Cup.”

Richard Gray, global sales and marketing director for Gilbert Rugby, added: “We are proud of our partnership with the Women’s Rugby World Cup and the opportunity to provide the world’s top players with their preferred ball.

“We are delighted that Ireland, with whom Gilbert has enjoyed a long and successful relationship, are hosting the tournament - we can be sure the tournament will be a wonderful celebration of the exciting growth of women’s’ rugby and we wish the organisers and all our teams the very best of luck.”

The 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup will feature 12 nations, and is scheduled to start on 9th August before concluding on the 26th.