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Top 3 Rugby Balls on Sale 2019

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Just think of this, that old rugby ball which has seen better days that you use to practice with suddenly pops and you don’t have another one to use

How are you going to carry on with your training?

Rather than wait to borrow somebody else’s

Why don’t you get yourself one of these top of the range rugby balls so you won’t have to stop training and you can guarantee that they are very durable which will last you a long time

So this is why these balls that I will show you soon, make it on the list of the Top 3 Rugby Balls on sale today

Durable Rugby Balls

One of the toughest sports in the world needs to have a very durable and strong ball as it will be going through a lot on the field

Even though they are quite light these days, they are very tough and can withstand the heaviest of rugby players landing on top of it without bursting!

Well, Most Of The Time. Take a look at this…

Ever since William Webb Ellis picked up a ball and started running with it in Rugby School in 1823 creating one of the greatest games in the world, manufacturers have been trying to perfect the rugby ball for a better game

Unless they can make one that scores the tries for you I think they have got it mastered!

Just a brief history of how we have got the rugby balls we have today then on to my top three rugby balls for sale

The History of The Rugby Ball

Richard Lindon holding 2 early rugby balls that he made
Richard Lindon Holding 2 of the early day rugby balls that he made

In the 1800s two men, Richard Lindon and Bernard Solano started hand stitching four leather panels together to form the casing around a pigs bladder to make what we now call “the rugby ball” and hence why they are called today “pigskins”

Obviously not all the bladders were the same size so no two rugby balls were the same or the shape they are today

They were more rounded and spherical than they are now as they only had the shape of the bladder to go to when it was inflated

They didn’t have ball pumps back then so the pig’s bladders were blown up by mouth through a clay pipe inserted into an opening of the bladder.

I can’t imagine there were many people queuing up for that job!

“So what do you work as these days dave?”……”Oh just the usual…I blow up the bladders of pigs with my mouth”

That job is not for me I’m sorry, I like the pigs near my mouth cooked and crispy!

Gone Are The Pigs

It wasn’t until 1870 that rubber inner tubes were put into the rugby balls by the legendary Richard Lindon

And with the rubber being more pliable than those poor piggies insides they started to form more of an egg shape that we have today rather than the sphere

In 1892 the RFU made it compulsory for all rugby balls to be oval in shape so over the years they have been gradually flattening them to the required shape

Changing With The TimesAn old brown leather rugby ball

All rugby balls were traditionally made of brown leather but were like catching a boulder if they got wet as the leather would get water-logged

So in 1980 the leather casing was replaced by synthetic waterproof materials which didn’t drink all the water off the pitch like a thirsty camel

That then gave the rugby balls a much better grip and much lighter making it a faster and more exciting game to watch

Rugby Ball Rules And Regulations

Nowadays rugby balls are still required by the RFU to be made with four pieces of material stitched together but with the help of machines doing all the work they can be made a lot quicker and mass produced

The material is still made of leather and a variety of synthetic substances and the surface is dimpled for that extra grip.

The regulation measurements for today’s rugby ball are…..

  • 28 – 30 cm (11 – 12in) long
  • 58 – 62 cm (23 – 24 in) in circumference at its widest point
  • 410 460 g (14 – 16 oz) in weight
  • Inflated to 65.7 – 68.8 kpa (9.5 – 10.0psi)

The modern rugby ball has come a very long way since the pigs bladder they use to kick about and there really is some superb examples on the market today

So I have looked all over trying to find what I think are the top 3 rugby balls for sale but it is only my opinion

As Well As Rugby Balls To Play The Game, Rugby Safety Equipment Is A Must To Play A Safer Game

And Here They Are…

Top 3 Rugby Balls on Sale

1. Canterbury Thrillseeker

Best rugby ballsBest Rugby Balls In The WorldCanterbury Thrillseeker Rugby Ball

Colour – Ceramic Blue

Sizes – 4&5

  • Grain Grip – Improves handling.
  • Submerged Valve – For increased flight accuracy.
  • 2 Ply Rubber Blend
  • Latex Bladder
  • Aesthetic Pattern

This is a great choice for those matches with friends in a park

Its design made of rubberized textile promises that passes are smooth and handling the ball is comfortable

My Rating – 8/10

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2. Gilbert Phonton Match Ball

Best Rugby Balls To BuyBest Rugby Training BallsGilbert Phonton Match Ball with a Standard grip and Patented Truflight

Colours – Black/Royal – Fluro – Navy/Scarlet – Navy/Sky

Sizes – 5

  • Standard grip.
  • Truflight valve.
  • 3 ply core spun polyester and cotton laminate.
  • Functional rubber surface.
  • Hand stitched.
  • Level – senior club/schools.
  • Conforms to World Rugby specifications.

This Gilbert Phonton is a good solid ball with excellent grip in all weather, although I have noticed it tends to go down more often than the average rugby ball.

My Rating – 9/10

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3. Rhino Vortex Elite

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  • Fitted with In-Seam bladder with dual balance to produce a more accurate flight path
  • Aerosensa grip technology D – senses air movement helping the ball to attain more lift and drag when in flight
  • 4 Ply laminated construction
  • Hand stitched
  • Weight: 455 grams 
  • Dimension: 75cm/58cm

The Vortex Elite is a top-level rugby ball suitable for all rugby teams of most age groups.  It is the official match ball of the British and Irish Lions and is the official ball in the PRO 12 competition in the UK

My Rating – 8/10

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Which Rugby Ball Do You Prefer?

I have to say that my favourite out of the top three rugby balls for sale I have shown you is the Gilbert Phonton

Even though it has a tendency to deflate quicker than most I prefer the handling and the grip of it better than the other two

If you have a favourite rugby ball here or even one that isn’t on this list

Feel free to let me know in the comment section below and share with others your best rugby balls




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18 comments on “Rugby Balls on Sale


Oh my gosh! I can’t believe how rugby balls where first made from pig’s bladders! Gross! I really just wonder how Richard Lindon and Bernard Solano thought “hm Im going to blow up a pig’s bladder today!” But so interesting! I love the history of any sport seeing how to came to be. I’m not a rugby player but I have lots of friends that are and will share with them the balls you suggest.


Its not the job that i would want thats for sure! Thank God that the pump was invented and those piggies bellies are safe


Interesting story! I really enjoyed the history of rugby balls. I have heard similar stories from other sports too. People can be really creative when they are passioned.

I think that the best ball for me is the Canterbury one. I just need one to play once per week with my friends. It sounds like a good choice.


The Canterbury one is a great choice!

Boryana Stefanova

That was quite a story, I really enjoyed it.
As a basketball girl myself, I’ve never really been into the rugby, but it’s always nice to get to know other sports as well.
I don’t know why, but I think I’m in love with the Gilbert ball. It’s hard to expain, but I think you get it!


Gilbert will always be a contender in the rugby ball world and it will take something special to best it that’s for sure


Hi Shwni,

What a great history of rugby you have given us. I never had all that rich information about rugby as a game. You mean piggie insides were that useful? What creativity on the side of pioneers like Lindon and Solano. We owe them a lot.

My young boys have not really not known what sport to engage in. It’s high time I introduced them to a variety including rugby to see what would interest either o them most.

Do Gilbert Phonton make a standard size for kids?

Boniface- AndroidBix 


It depends on what age your children are, it is recommended that a size 3 rugby ball is used by under 9s size 4 is used by under 13 sand a size 5 is used for all ages above 13 so choose the right size for the ages of your children 🙂


Yeah, the whole blowing up a pigs bladder by mouth is not my idea of an upward trending career. I was fascinated by the history of the rugby ball though, and so glad that you provided it. It’s amazing how much the design has changed with the advance of technology! 

Clearly they are much better now. It’s also a great thing that they don’t soak up a lot of water now as the video clip you provided might have knocked that guys hand clean off if it was a “boulder ball”. 

Thanks for the interesting read!


The rugby ball has come a long way since back then and as a coach I am so happy that it has, lol


I love the history of the rugby ball.  Imagine blowing up pig bladders for the day!  It gives a real laugh before getting into the serious stuff.

Thank you for the excellent explanations of the differences in the ways of construction of each ball and the difference it makes to performance.  I can’t imagine trying to actually catch a ball made of leather.  Those must hit you like a stone!

The aerodynamics of the new ones make them truly exceptional.  Its a shame that your pictures didn’t come through but your explanations made each come to life in order to give a player/buyer the insight that they need to make an informed purchase.

Your passion truly shines through!  Keep up the great work!


I will look into why the images didn’t show up, perhaps it was your browser? Thanks for stopping by though 🙂

Babsie Wagner

I’ve heard balls called “pig skins,” but until I read this article about blowing up a pig’s bladder (yuck) I had no idea what it meant.  Yes, blowing that sucker up would not have been my job of choice back in the day lol!  Gross!  Anyway, I love reading about how things used to be because it really makes me appreciate that I live in a better time!  I was surprised at the prices of these rugby balls on sale.  They are high quality and you presented one for every budget!  That’s wonderful!  Thanks for this great review.  It makes my purchase so much easier.  


I know right, it wouldn’t be my job of choice if I’m honest,  lol

Emmanuel Buysse

Another post I have to show to my friend. As you know, he loves rugby, and to know these balls are on sale, he will go crazy. I think it is kind of expensive, so bargains are always nice. I have to say that they look nice, so I’m already imagining what he would think. Thanks a lot for sharing this article. 


It can be a bit pricey to buy a rugby ball and that is why I have tried to find the best rugby balls at a very reasonable price

Dave Sweney

Thanks for the great background on the history of Rugby balls and the changes they have gone through over the decades. It is a very popular sport here in Dubai, and I get out to watch the teams play as often as possible, as it is a lot of fun. Now as to the balls that are used, that is a different matter.

I have some mates here that are active players and they could use this post because they do buy uniforms, other equipment, and are also coaches in some of the schools in the area. The kids also love rugby and coaching is not a very well paid job, but it is rewarding for those guys. They also buy equipment for schools.

Personally, I have no favorite and do not know what my mates prefer.  I will ask them now that I have read through this article and will also suggest that they purchase through your page (they can look at the other equipment you have highlighted within the website as well). 


Send all your mates over to this post to see which rugby balls they like the best 🙂


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