I hear you. There are many more rugby ball manufactures than the two above mentioned.
Adidas, Summit, Canterbury, Rhino, Umbro just to name a few…
Whether online or whilst on coaching assignments I am often asked
“Hey Stu, which ball brand is best for kicking?”
This usually extends to:
- Which ball is best for passing?
- Is a Gilbert more rounded than Steeden or other brands?
- Which lasts longer?
- etc etc etc
I find this interesting on several levels and offer the following:
- No best brand suited to rugby based on shape
- Gilbert & Steeden are VERY SIMILAR (and both owned by the same company Gray Nicholls)
- A ‘traditional’ rugby union shaped ball is folklore more than fact
- Variable quality between models of all brands
I suggest this advice:
- Most ball brands have several ‘models’ to choose from, the mid to upper price range offers best value for longevity
- Look for a nice ‘weighty‘ ball, as the cheaper light ones will ‘blow out’ quicker particularly if the recipient of decent kicking volume
- A good tradesman doesn’t blame his tools. Predominantly train with the ball used in competition, but for skill acq and developing adaptability – mix it up!!
- Move on from this debate 😉
Watch the [Videos Below] where I share these thoughts:
My iphone went flat during the first video, so my thoughts are spread across two takes!
The beauty of ‘live’ posts and candid sharing haha
By Stuart Lierich