Gilbert teams up with the Top 14

Agreement includes branding on all match balls.

Gilbert teams up with the Top 14

Gilbert is set to become the official matchday ball supplier for France's National Rugby League (LNR).

The three-season deal will see the rugby equipment manufacturer provide balls for the Top 14, the country’s premier domestic rugby union competition, and second-tier Pro D2. 

In addition, all matchday balls will include branding from each competition. 

The agreement comes at a historic time for French rugby. It was announced on Monday that two Paris-based Top 14 teams, Racing 92 and Stade Francais, are in the process of merging in order to consolidate their resources and form one ‘super-club’ from next season. An extra promotion place will be offered at the end of the current campaign to a team from the Pro D2.

Racing 92 and Stade Francais have won a combined 20 league titles.