Gilbert (sports equipment)
Gilbert is a rugby sporting goods manufacturing company, specialising in balls for rugby union and netball. The company was established by William Gilbert, a Cobbler, in 1823, who along with his nephew, James, developed footballs for the neighbouring Rugby School. In 2002, after experiencing financial difficulties following a management buyout, Gilbert was purchased by Grays International.
Gilbert is the Official ball supplier of the Rugby World Cup and the International Federation of Netball Associations. Gilbert is also the official ball supplier of the ANZ Championship, the biggest netball competition in the world and also the official supplier of the Netball World Championships. Their products include the Gilbert Synergie rugby ball.
The following is a list with teams, associations and players that wear uniforms and equipment provided by Gilbert:
Clubs and provincial sides
- "Batmaker gets balls as James Gilbert is rescued". scrum.com. September 15, 2002. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
- "How Gilbert plans to keep England on the ball". London: The Times. October 20, 2003. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
- "Gilbert to supply official match ball for RWC 07". Rugby Football Union. January 9, 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
- "Gilbert to supply balls for RWC 2011 and 2015". International Rugby Board. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
- "Gilbert - Official Ball Supplier". International Federation of Netball Associations. July 19, 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
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