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February 15, 2013


Gilbert Rugby are proud to announce the re-signing of Stade Toulousain Captain and France International, Thierry Dusautoir, on a long-term deal as a Gilbert brand ambassador. Nicknamed The Dark Destroyer, Thierry is widely recognised as a one of the best players in the World, having recently been IRB Player of the Year, he also led France to the Rugby World Cup Final 2011, in which he was named Man of the match and scored his sides only try.

Thierry is part of the current France 2013 RBS 6 Nations squad and will Captain the side against Wales in the 2nd Round fixture on Saturday. "We are naturally delighted that Thierry has chosen to extend his relationship with Gilbert. Having tested our body armour and head guards to the full over the past few years it speaks volumes for our product that a player such as Thierry had no hesitation in continuing to wear them - we wish Thierry, Toulouse and France well for the rest of the season" said Andrew Challis, Gilbert Brand Manager Worldwide.

Of the new deal, Thierry said, "I am delighted to have signed a new deal with Gilbert Rugby to wear Gilbert Body Armour and Headguards. This new deal coincides with my return to fitness for Toulouse and France. After a week of intense training, we will play our second match against the Welsh at the Stade de France on Saturday. This match also marks my return to as Captain of the France team. I thank you for your support during my injury and for giving me the energy to return to Team France. Now, the most important thing for me and the hardest thing is to remain fit and stay in the French squad."

Thierry Dusautoir
DOB: 18/11/1981
Country: CŰte d'Ivoire (Represents France)
Height: 188cm
Weight: 100kg
Position: Flanker
France Caps: 55

September 28, 2012


The Welsh Rugby Union has signed a major new six-year sponsorship deal with Gilbert which, for this season, means international rugby balls will carry gold markings to symbolise the fact that Wales are the current RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam Champions.

The deal will provide balls to all of the WRUís national teams and domestic league clubs, with a specific design scheme to reflect the needs of each competition and group of players. Gilbert will provide the international match balls, which Wales will not only use to defend their Championship title in 2013, but also to take on the might of Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia at the Millennium Stadium this autumn. The arrangement is also designed to further enhance the WRU's policy of rewarding clubs who make efforts to increase participation in the sport, and to incentivise clubs to continue growing their player pools. The design of each category of ball illustrates a clear development pathway through the levels and age grades of Welsh rugby. The balls for the Principality Premiership and SWALEC League & Cup will blend the colours of the sponsorís brand (i.e. red for Principality, blue for SWALEC) with various degrees of green to symbolise grassroots and semi-professional rugby within Wales.

"Everybody at Gilbert is delighted to be starting a new relationship with the WRU and to working at every level to grow the sport in Wales. We are especially proud that the Gilbert ball has been chosen by Wales following on from their fantastic season and exciting Rugby World Cup campaign. This major new deal with Gilbert will be for the good of Welsh rugby from grass roots to senior level and we hope that the new colour-coded system will prove to be aspirational for young players." said Richard Gray, Gilbert Sales and Marketing Director.

Leigh Halfpenny said: "There are so many different balls out there it is important that the ones we are playing with are of real quality. Gilbert are a real quality ball and I'm really pleased that Wales are going to be using them. From a kicking perspective, Gilbert balls stay on line and travel very well and you can get a lot of distance from them as well which is pleasing. England, Ireland, France and Scotland use them already so we now have real consistency across the Six Nations. It's also great that they are also going to be distributed through the age grades down to grass roots to support the continued production of young Welsh talent."

WRU Head of Sales and Marketing, Craig Maxwell added: "This new association with Gilbert is a significant announcement for the WRU and is our most comprehensive ball deal to date. Not only do we get the top class quality associated with Gilbert balls, but we are thrilled we have been able to reward clubs who are making efforts to develop our game through club and player development."

For further information please contact: Richard Gray or Andy Challis on 01580 880 357

September 27, 2012
Auckland Rugby Partners with GILBERT

GILBERT is proud to announce a new and exciting partnership with the Auckland Rugby Football Union (ARFU). This agreement will see GILBERT become the official ball supplier for all rugby across the union including representative, club and school for the next 3 years.

"This is an excellent partnership Ė GILBERT has a fine reputation and players of all ages across the union will be fortunate enough to play their rugby with GILBERT balls" said ARFU CEO, Andy Dalton.

Jon Clarke, GILBERT Brand Manager, responded by saying. "We are looking forward to working with the Auckland Rugby Union across all levels of rugby in the region to ensure the players are using GILBERT balls which are globally recognised as the best quality rugby ball available".

This partnership, in conjunction with GILBERTís agreements with Rugby World Cup 2015, SANZAR, Super Rugby, Canterbury Rugby Union and the Waikato Rugby Union further confirms GILBERTís position as the brand of choice in the world of Rugby Union.

For further information please contact Jon Clarke, GILBERT Brand Manager jonclarke@gnsports.com

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