What level Is The Gilbert Omega Rugby Ball Suitable For?
Gilbert Omega match rugby balls are probably the biggest selling match ball in the UK. Above all it’s popularity is probably down to being available in all 3 sizes – 3, 4 and 5. The entry level match balls are reliable, durable and have a price that suits most budgets. They are available in 2 colours
- Fluo yellow/orange
The Omega balls are popular in club and school matches. Junior and mini rugby tournaments use them occasionally too. We did note the fluo ball is more expensive than the standard blue/black ball. Although it is a small increase, it can add £1 to £3 to the cost of the ball.
Why Is The Omega Rugby Ball Classified As A Match Ball?
By just looking at the Gilbert Omega match rugby ball it isn’t immediately obvious that it’s a match ball. Apart from it saying match ball under the Truflight trade mark. It must conform to the Official World Rugby specifications to be called a match ball though. The regulations refer to weight and measurements, for both circumferences and length.
The grip is a traditional standard grip which is the most common form of grip and popular in club rugby. This grip is used as it is proven to be reliable in all weather conditions. When we had it in hand it felt like a reliable old friend. I like a rugby match ball that has the valve built into the seam (Gilbert call this a Truflight valve). An In-Seam valve always seems to be more balanced when passing and kicking.
What Do Gilbert Say About The Omega Match Ball?
- Standard Grip
- Truflight valve
- 3 Ply poly-cotton and cotton laminate
- G-S rubber compound surface
- Conforms to World Rugby specifications
- Hand Stitched
- Available in blue/white/black and fluo yellow/orange