HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BALL?
Choose according to the playing surface
Rugby balls should be chosen according to the different playing surfaces.
Foam: Ball for novice rugby players who are new to the game. Will not cause injury.
Rubber: Ball for playing on the beach. Has no seams, making it more air- and watertight.
Synthetic: Ball for training and competition on all surfaces.
Choose according to the age of the player
There are different sizes of ball according to the age of the players.
Size 3: 5 to 9 years
Size 4: 10 to 14 years
Size 5: 15 years and over
Choose according to use
There are different types of rugby ball for different uses.
Leisure and Learning
- Requirements: price, sturdiness.
- Size: 1 and 3 to 5.
- Requirements: grip, stability, liveliness.
- Size: 3 to 5.
- Requirements: grip++, stability++, precision++, liveliness++.
- Size: 5.
RUGBY BALL: COMPOSITION AND TECHNICAL DETAILS
Rugby balls are made of four components.
- 4 panels with small bumps on the surface to aid grip.
- Hand sewn.
- Components: 2 to 4 layers of high-range polyester or polyester/cotton, glued.
- Rubber for resistance.
- PVC for price and comfort.
- TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane, a material that supports greater resistance to repeated impact, longer life, better feel and improved grip) + foam for suppleness.
- PU (polyurethane): more pleasing (for competition), longer-lasting, resistant to repeated impact.
- Butyl: synthetic, excellent pressure retention.
- Latex: natural, porous, inexpensive, but deflates.
- Functionality: bounce, liveliness and respect for the trajector.
HOW TO INFLATE YOUR RUGBY BALL?
Your rugby ball should be inflated to between 0.65 and 0.7 bar or between 9.5 and 10.0 PSI.
Consequence of a badly inflated ball
- Under-inflated: not oval, lacking optimum bounce, soft.
- Over-inflated: seriously deformed, bursting seams.