Rugby Balls on Sale: Top 3 to Buy Today
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
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 Times
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
And Here They Are…
Top 3 Rugby Balls on Sale
1. Canterbury Thrillseeker
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
2. Gilbert Phonton Match Ball
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
3. Rhino Vortex Elite
- 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
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