"Duo Valve Technology" - Gilbert Reveals State of the Art Match Ball for 2023 Rugby World Cup - Ruck

“Duo Valve Technology” – Gilbert Reveals State of the Art Match Ball for 2023 Rugby World Cup

Rugby manufacturing giants Gilbert, have announced the first images of the match ball for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The ball is the first of it’s kind to use ‘duo valve’ technology, for optimum balance during the matches.

The match ball is known as The iNNOVO, and it has reportedly been in development for two years. An announcement from Rugby World Cup 2023 also states how the match ball will be compatible with the ‘smart technology’ that is currently being trailed at the 2023 U20 World Championships in South Africa.

The statement from Rugby World Cup France 2023 states:

“The introduction of a patented Gilbert Duo Valve, positioned in-seam, assists with the balance and rotation of the ball and also allows for a seamless transition to a smart connected ball, via a partnership with Gilbert’s exclusive technology partner, Sportable Technology.

“The iNNOVO was introduced to Gilbert Rugby’s sponsored International teams in November 2022 and has been used throughout senior men’s world rugby international fixtures since, ensuring all teams at RWC 2023 are familiarised with the ball before the tournament kicks off on 8 September, 2023.”

Image Credit: Rugby World Cup France 2023

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby is proud to trust Gilbert with the design and manufacture of the official match ball for Rugby World Cup 2023, rugby’s biggest and showcase event. Our successful relationship stretches back to 1995 and once again, Gilbert has innovated with the iNNOVO match ball to provide the world’s best players with the best possible ball to perform.

 “As we celebrate 200 years of rugby and shared heritage, we look forward to an exceptional and transformative Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Together with Gilbert, we will keep our relentless efforts to innovate and make the game better for players and fans.

Gilbert Rugby Commercial CEO Richard Gray added: “At Gilbert we are committed to continuously improve and elevate the modern game for both players and fans. We are confident that the iNNOVO match ball will allow the world’s best players to perform on the biggest stage and light up Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.”

“Our longstanding partnership with Rugby World Cup is a great honour for us. It offers the ideal opportunity to unveil another innovative and advanced match ball to the world of rugby.”

“We are proud to be celebrating 200 Years of the Gilbert brand in 2023, and it is our constant research, development and relentless drive to produce the best and most innovative products for rugby that sets Gilbert aside as the ball of choice for the World’s elite.”

iNNOVO is the Official match ball of Rugby World Cup 2023 and will be used in every match of the tournament. All Mens  International teams (using Gilbert rugby balls) from November 2022 onwards have been using the iNNOVO match ball, including throughout Six Nations, Rugby Championship and the Pacific Nations Cup.