With Twickenham, Harlequins and London Irish all on our doorstep it should be no surprise that Fordham Sports are London's premier rugby specialists. Our range of rugby balls features the best balls from the world's leading manufacturers including Gilbert, Optimum, Pum and Web Ellis. Gilbert are the ball suppliers for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. We have the right recreational, training and match balls for all levels of the game including superb options for junior players.
The rugby ball was originally constructed using a pig's bladder which are oval in shape, this is why the rugby ball has evolved into the shape we use today, although the size and shape of the ball was not written into the rules until 1892. These days the quality materials available and high-tech construction methods ensure outstanding and consistent performance.
Rugby balls are available in four sizes as follows:
Size 3: for junior rugby under 7, under 8 and under 9 age groups
Size 4: for junior rugby under 10, under 11, under 12, under 13 and under 14 age groups
Size 4.5: for Women's rugby
Size 5: full sized rugby balls used for under 15 and above junior rugby and senior rugby
Balls are constructed from four components and these are the panels, the boundary layers, the coating and the bladder. The panels are textured with dimples for grip and the patterns vary between manufacturers. Balls are now fashioned from approved synthetic materials rather than leather as the synthetic alternatives are more practical in bad weather.
We are sure that you will find the right rugby ball for your game here at Fordham Sports. If you need any help in choosing your ball then our expert team will always be happy to help guide you through your options.