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Friday Apr 1, 2016

Gilbert release the easier handling and far more visible Match XV Plus size ball

Gilbert have today released the all new, highly innovative Gilbert Rugby Match XV Plus ball, the largest of it’s kind to date. Tested by the pros and now ready for launch, the Match XV Plus will be used when Saracens take on Harlequins at Wembley later this month.

Following an extensive development process Gilbert have consulted with many top clubs, players and broadcasters to find the perfect balance in ball dimensions and size to offer the best experience to players, supporters and officials without compromising any of the famous technical genius accustomed to a Gilbert Rugby ball.

With improved handling, superior visibility and an optimised sweet-spot, the Match-XV Plus will launch in Aviva Premiership Rugby later this month at Wembley.

A successful debut could lead to it being used in the tournament showpiece – the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on 28 May, a possiblity that excites England number eight Billy Vunipola.

“We’ve been practising with it and it’s great to handle as well as being easier to see. The grip’s exactly the same as the normal size ball and the kickers seem to be loving it.”

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