We picked the best, so you don’t get stuck with the rest!
With so many rugby balls on the market, it can be difficult to sort through the all the options. To save you the time and frustration, we tested dozens of balls and picked out only the best.
We tested the two main categories of rugby balls: training balls and match balls.
Training balls: Cheaper and ideal for training (hence the name). Higher quality training balls can be used in matches, especially at the lower levels.
Match balls: Higher quality construction and material, but usually about 2 to 3 times more expensive than a training ball.
We analyzed several qualities of each rugby ball and gave an overall score based on these factors:
- Feel and grip
- Shape of the ball out of the box, and after extended use
- How “true” the ball travels through the air
- How well the ball stays inflated over time
Here are the winners and runners-up for each category:
Best Training Balls
WINNER: Rhino Cyclone Training Ball
Rugby Reader Rating: A
Pros: This ball has a great grip, even when wet. Also had great shape out of the box
Cons: Higher price than some other training balls
Bottom Line: We liked the Rhino Cyclone better than some much more expensive match balls. The raised “bumps” take a minute to get used to, but end up creating a great grip in any weather.
RUNNER-UP: Gilbert G-TR4000 Training Ball
Rugby Reader Rating: A-
Pros: We liked the price. It’s also available in fluorescent yellow for better visibility in the evening.
Cons: Most balls lose some air, but this one tested the worst.
Bottom Line: Can’t go wrong with Gilbert and the price is tough to beat. Remember to keep a pump in your bag.
Best Match Balls
WINNER: Gilbert Revolution X Match Ball
Rugby Reader Rating: A+
Pros: Amazingly true spiral and great to kick.
Bottom Line: This was our favorite ball by far. Worth the investment for any serious player.
RUNNER-UP: Rhino Meteor Match Ball
Rugby Reader Rating: A
Pros: Price, as compared to other match balls
Cons: Seemed to wander just a bit on longer passes and kicks
Bottom Line: A great ball at a decent price. We prefer the Gilbert Revolution X, but can’t go wrong with either choice.
And to round out your gear bag…
Our Favorite kicking tee: Gilbert Rugby Precision Kicking Tee 450
There’s not a major difference from one tee to the next, but we like the classic Gilbert model.
Our favorite ball pump: Under Armour Dual Action Ball Pump
We love how quickly this pump gets the job done. It also has a pressure gauge, so you know exactly when to stop pumping.
Disclaimer: We truly believe these are the best rugby balls available. That being said, we are a participant in the Amazon Associates Program and could earn fees through some of the links on this page. Thanks for visiting our site!