Gilbert was founded in 1823 by William Gilbert, the man responsible for the first ever rugby ball. They have got 189 years of experience and are the world leader in Rugby and Netball. Their rugby balls have been the ball of the choice for the last 5 Rugby World Cups and have already secured the rights for next Rugby World Cup in England 2015. Their Netball has been the World Cup ball of choice since 2007. Professional players insist on using Gilbert, that’s why they’re are asked to supply almost every major league and unions across the world including all IRB and IFNA tournaments. The Gilbert range now caters for much more than just balls; their range of Teamwear, Clothing and Equipment is endorsed by international players and rugby/netball teams, making Gilbert one of the few brands that can truly cater for all your rugby and netball needs.