Step into rugby's storied past with the Original Barbarian Match Ball by Gilbert. Celebrating the Bicentenary of Rugby Football, this ball is a tribute to two centuries of the sport's evolution and Gilbert's commitment to quality.
From its inception in 1823, Gilbert has been synonymous with rugby's finest. Their partnership with iconic events and teams, like being the official ball supplier for the Rugby World Cup since '95 and England Rugby for over a century, is a testament to their legacy.
The 1980s brought a revolution - the Barbarian. Gilbert's pioneering synthetic rubber match ball, featuring a unique multi-pimpled surface, ensured a grip like no other. Designed to mirror the weight of traditional leather balls, it quickly became the top choice for schools, clubs, and international teams alike.
This special edition ball replicates that iconic 1980s Barbarian, minus the now-familiar Gilbert ellipses. Each ball comes with a presentation card, adorned with classic match photos, making it a collector's dream.
Whether you're a rugby aficionado, a collector, or both, the Original Barbarian Match Ball is more than just merchandise; it's a piece of history. Secure yours and be a part of the legacy!