Performance and innovation is at the heart of the official match ball for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, launched by Gilbert and World Rugby today.
The world’s top men’s and women’s sevens teams will benefit from the most technologically-advanced sevens ball on the planet, when they compete to be crowned world champions on 20-22 July.
Developed exclusively for the high-octane, skills showcase that is sevens, the Gilbert Synergie XV-6, is the only sevens-specific match ball on the market, featuring the patented Synergie XV-6 grip that offers an enhanced grip ideally suited to the fast-paced nature and handling of rugby sevens.
The match ball and the official replica ball features the distinctive tournament look and feel within a striking design that showcases the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and a star visual that represents the gathering of the world’s top players in the ‘golden city’.
Richard Gray, Sales and Marketing Director, Gilbert Rugby, said: “For many years Gilbert have supported the growth of the game in the US and, as rugby grows in popularity from the east to west coast, we are delighted to continue the journey with our American friends. The hosting of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco is a major step forward for the game in the US and we are proud to have been selected as the official ball supplier.”
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Gilbert for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco. Their passion for innovation and performance as a field leader is perfectly suited to a tournament that will drive performance and fan experience innovation. The ball looks great and will enable the world’s top sevens players to showcase their talent on the biggest stage. I am sure it will also prove popular with fans.”
The official Rugby World Cup Sevens ball range will be available to purchase from 27 February at www.gilbertrugby.com.
Tickets for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 are available via the official website at www.rwcsevens.com/tickets.