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Caring for your Rugby Ball

To get the best performance from you Gilbert rugby ball, follow our care guide below.


Before each training session or match, you should clean your rugby ball to remove any mud or residue. Do this with a soft cloth, a light detergent and warm water to ensure the grip is kept in its optimum condition for the maximum length of time. 

World Rugby confirm that Gilbert’s current advice is adequate however, players should be reminded that hand hygiene is also important part of this process.

Cleaning Process

The Key 4 Point Process: 

  • Soapy water 
  • Personal hand hygiene is the priority.
  • Do not handle your mouthguard once it has been in your mouth. If you must, clean your hands before handling your mouthguard.
  • Teams should clean balls with soapy water before and when possible during play.

Inflation & Air Pressure

All rugby balls should be inflated to the correct pressure of 9-10 psi, for match balls we recommend 9.5-10 psi.

Be very careful not to over-inflate as this may permanently effect the shape/performance of the ball, if you have inadvertently over-inflated, it is important to reduce the pressure as quickly as possible, ideally using the release valve on a Gilbert Rugby pressure gauge. Before use, check the pressure and adjust accordingly as slight variations of ball pressure can occur due to the natural materials used in the bladder and changes in external climate.

We recommend using the stirrup pump (or another hand pump) to inflate the balls - inflation using a compressor or airline is not recommended as it can lead to over inflation, which can cause the properties of the ball to change.


After a wet winters game, your ball needs to be stored in the optimum conditions to prolong its life. This means keeping your ball in a dry environment. Even though the ball is waterproof, if left in a damp setting, tiny amounts of water will accumulate inside and eventually increase the weight of the ball. This will ultimately affect your performance on the field and the ball will not last as long!