All Blacks and Black Ferns Get Their Hands on the Famous Gilbert Ball

The Rugbystuff Clubhouse is buzzing with excitement today! We've got some cracking news for all our New Zealand rugby fans - the iconic Gilbert rugby ball is making a much-anticipated return!

That's right, after 18 years, Gilbert has signed a new partnership with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) to become the official ball supplier across all levels of the game. This means the legendary All Blacks, Black Ferns, and Sevens teams will all be using the world-renowned Gilbert ball.

This epic partnership doesn't just stop at the national teams. From the Bunnings Warehouse NPC to the Farah Palmer Cup, and all the way down to the grassroots with the Bunnings Warehouse Heartland Championship, you'll see the Gilbert ball in action.

Here at The Rugbystuff Clubhouse, we know how much heritage means in rugby. Gilbert boasts a truly remarkable history, dating all the way back to 1823. They even supplied some of the very first balls used at Rugby School – the birthplace of the sport itself!

The current Gilbert iNNOVO ball is already the weapon of choice for many leading nations, and with good reason. Not only has Gilbert been the official ball at the last eight Rugby World Cups, but they constantly improved the quality of their balls to give players the best possible experience on the pitch.

Gilbert All Blacks Rugby Ball

NZ Rugby CEO Mark Robinson is clearly thrilled about the partnership, highlighting Gilbert's "innovation and expertise" and their long history in the sport. We can't wait to see these world-class balls take center stage in Kiwi rugby!

Both Gilbert Rugby and NZ Rugby are chomping at the bit to get started. They're confident that this new range of balls will not only be a hit with players here in New Zealand, but will also excite fans all over the world.

Here at, we share that excitement! It's a momentous occasion, and we're proud to stock the entire Gilbert All Blacks ball range right here on our website from April 2024.

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