Gilbert, the widely regarded number-one manufacturer of rugby equipment worldwide and Official Ball Supplier of the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups, has signed a five-year agreement with the UAE Rugby Association which names Gilbert as the Official Kit Supplier and the Official Ball to the UAERA’s elite Men’s and Women’s 15’s and 7’s National squads.
“Gilbert is synonymous with Rugby worldwide and, through its extensive research and development, remains committed to providing players of all levels with the best performance-attire and tools in which to train and play” said Ara Nakhnikian Managing Partner of Prosports International, official distributor of Gilbert throughout the UAE and GCC. “This agreement provides an outstanding platform for Gilbert to support UAE Rugby in its development and professional playing goals.”
Mohammad Abdulrahman Falaknaz UAE Rugby Association Chairman added, “We are very pleased to be able to provide our National teams with the best equipment available. Gilbert is indisputably regarded as the coaches and professional’s choice for attire and balls in the game today and our partnering with them is in alignment with our strategic development plans.”
Already highly visible at domestic and regional meets, the first showing of the Men’s 15’s Gilbert kit on the international stage will be at the forthcoming Asian 5 Nations Rugby tournament where the squad will take on 42nd IRB ranked Sri Lanka in an away game on April 23rd.
Gilbert products supplied through the agreement include training and playing gear, team-wear, protective gear and balls. The deal will also see affiliated rugby clubs offered a discount on Gilbert products from select official “Gilbert stockists” throughout the UAE.