RUGBY BALL BUYING GUIDE
Inflation Balls should be inflated to 9 - 10.5 psi (pounds of air). This will give you the best performance and bounce. It is a common thing for rugby balls to feel like they are losing air when inflating it for the first time. While pumping up the ball it will push out air from the tips of the ball. This is completely normal. This is the air that is between the inside bladder and the outside panels. Simply pump up the ball completely. Once the ball is completely full no more air will come out of the tips of the ball. It will stay inflated for a couple of weeks, before you will need to refill it again.
Match vs Practice balls Match balls are firmer and have better grip than practice balls. They have better symmetry and shape which ensures improved flight characteristics. They are great for use in games or in high level training. Practice balls are highly durable balls, designed to last on all types of fields. Practice balls are slightly softer when fully inflated than match balls which makes them easier to catch repeatedly. They have the best air retention.
Care Clean and dry the rugby balls after each use. Keep the balls out of extreme conditions like extreme heat, cold, wetness or direct sunlight. Manufacturers recommend that you reduce the air pressure in your match balls after a game to reduce the amount of stress on the ball seams or stitching. Be sure to inflate the ball back to proper pressure before the match.
Bladder Bladders hold the air and are at the very center of the balls. They can be made out of Latex or Butyl. Most rugby balls use butyl valves to improve air retention. Latex is used on higher quality balls. They are soft and offer a better touch when playing. They don't hold air as well as butyl and require frequent filling. Butyl is used on practice balls and basic match balls. They hold air very well and don't need to be filled as often as latex bladders.
Panels Rugby balls are made out of 4 panels and are either hand or machine stitched.
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