Gilbert expands rugby sponsorship portfolio

Scottish Rugby, the governing body of rugby union in Scotland, has signed a new long-term ball and equipment supply deal with Gilbert Rugby.

5 December 2011 Michael Long
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Scottish Rugby, the governing body of rugby union in Scotland, has signed a new long-term ball and equipment supply deal with Gilbert Rugby.

East Sussex, England-based Gilbert supplies balls for a string of international rugby union sides, including Australia, Canada, England, France, Ireland, Namibia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, and the USA.

The brand, founded in 1823, served as the official ball of the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, and will provide for the 2015 edition in England.

Scottish Rugby director of communications and public affairs Dominic McKay said: "We are delighted to be renewing our sponsorship with Gilbert and to continue our long-standing association with such an established brand.”

"It's reassuring to have the backing of such a quality brand as we look ahead to an action-packed 2012 for all our national teams at all levels of the game."

Richard Gray, sales and marketing director at Gilbert Rugby, added: "Scotland is one of our longest established relationships and Gilbert has been supplying the balls to Scottish Rugby from its earliest days. We are therefore very pleased that Scottish Rugby have chosen to continue to use the Gilbert ball.”

“Their confidence endorses the quality of the Gilbert ball and demonstrates Gilbert's strong association with rugby at the highest level around the world.”

“We are now looking forward to continuing our excellent relationship with Scotland and helping Scottish Rugby develop the game with an increased investment in the sport at the grass-roots level and in the sevens arena which of course first started in Scotland. We would like to wish the teams every success for the future."

Scottish Rugby – Gilbert