How did we make a great rugby ball?
The first step was to research the ball construction and design, the team employed a aerodynamicist to study the flight of the ball. Creating a design which will allow the ball the fly through the air at optimum speed.
The valve has been integrated into the seam so it does not affect the speed of the ball – and also allows the ball to remain pumped up for as long as possible.
So, Why Pink?
We have done research into a human’s peripheral vision. Our results showed that the bright pink we have chosen for all three balls, shows up better than any other colours. This means you can see the ball out of the corner of your eye better than any other colour ball.
Spectators and referees get very little thought in the making of a ball – but we decided that pink would also be a great colour for the ball to be seen in a ruc or from the sidelines of a muddy winter pitch. Just another little thing we thought about when making our ball!
Roman Army Regiments
We have named our balls after three regiments/soldiers in the Roman army. Please click on each name to read more about each ball:
The foot soldier in the Roman army – equivalent to a private in today’s army – this is a standard training ball.
You can distinguish this ball by the alternate full white and pink panels.
Optio was second in command to the Legion Centurion – this is a match ball.
This ball can be distinguished by its chequered white and pink pattern.
The Aquilifer was the standard bearer who carried the legionary eagle. This could be seen from a great height by everyone and signified the legion you were in – this ball is our Elite Match Ball.
This ball can be distinguished by its pink thorn pattern which cuts across the face of the white rugby ball.