RWC 2019 Ball Design Story


15 November 2017 – Gilbert as the official Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 ball supplier has launched the official ball for the game. With Japanese elements all around, Gilbert has done wonders to create ball which will be part of the world rugby history in 2019.

The RWC 2019 look and feel has been developed to reflect this juxtaposition of old and new using traditional: screens which simulate the six section of the rugby pitch.

At the centre of the design, the rising sun conveys Japan at the heart of the world rugby in 2019 whilst the mizuhiki knot, a traditional symbol of unity in Japan, represents multiple facets of the rugby world coming together to celebrate the pinnacle of the sport on, and off the pitch.

All of these elements combine to showcase the brand positioning of the World Rugby Union.

The ball is comprised of a fractal spiral pattern, culminating in the polygonal representation of the sun on the end of the ball – to provide players with a clear point of colour reference when rotating, either longitudinally or end over end.

Prominent darker colour frames the edges of the pattern to provide high contrast between graphics and the ball compound.

Thus allowing the player to distinguish the ball easily.

Traditional Japanese patterns with a contemporary rugby twist are intertwined amongst the bold geometric shapes to provide a layered design which is both subtle and striking.

Distinctive rugby world cup iconography features within the event mark and on both ends of the ball, providing an evocative representation of the host nation and its intrinsic involvement with the tournament.

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