USA Rugby is proud to announce the renewal of a longstanding sponsor and partner of the red, white and blue, Gilbert Rugby. Gilbert has increased its support of USA Rugby to once again be named the “Official Ball and Training Equipment Supplier to USA Rugby.
Gilbert will continue exclusively supplying match balls for all USA Rugby events, including international home tests and National Championship Series matches. They will also continue exclusively supplying training equipment such as tackle bags and hit shields to all USA National teams.
In addition to their support of the USA Rugby National Teams and National Championship Series events, Gilbert continues to be the Official Ball Supplier to all USA Rugby Collegiate competitions, including an expanded commitment to Women’s Collegiate Rugby specifically. Additionally, Gilbert is now the Official Supplier to the new Elite Cup competition in spring, which has taken the place of the men’s Super League competition.
“We are thrilled to continue on with such an advanced and world-renowned rugby ball and equipment supplier. Gilbert is a fantastic fan of USA Rugby and they are excited to help grow the American game alongside USA Rugby," said Nigel Melville, President and CEO of USA Rugby.
Richard Gray, Sales and Marketing Director Of Gilbert Rugby remarked that “Gilbert has been proud to support the growth of rugby in America since its very beginning. This new, revitalized long-term partnership with USA Rugby for the exclusive supply of balls and rugby equipment is an indication of how much we have valued the relationship to date and of our expectation for the future growth of the game in the USA. Not only will we be supporting the USA Eagles National team by supplying the most technically advanced products available, but we will also continue to support rugby in America at all competitions and all levels through to Rookie Rugby.”
About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 115,000 active members. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts over 30 national playoff and championship events every year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced that Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.
About Gilbert Rugby
In 1823, in the town of Rugby, England, a Gilbert ball was used in a game that came to be known as Rugby Football. 190 years later, Gilbert are still producing the rugby ball and training equipment of choice for rugby players. We are the Official suppliers of Rugby balls to RWC 7’s 2013, RWC 2015, IRB 7’s series and just about every country and major tournament the world over.