Ellis Rugby Leather Ball
72 in stock
72 in stock
An Introduction to the Ellis Rugby Leather Ball
The History of the Leather Rugby Ball
The Development of Rubber inner Tubes & Pumps
Around 1862, Richard Lindon was desperate to find a replacement for the pig’s bladder and used an India rubber bladder instead. India rubber was too tough to inflate by mouth. And so having been inspired by air syringes. He created a large brass air pump to inflate his rugby balls. Lindon also claimed to invent the rugby ball and its distinctive oval shape. But didn’t patent his design for either the ball, the bladder or the pump. & Details
In 1892 the size of the Rugby Balls was specified
By the 1880s there were several manufacturers of ‘footballs’ in England all using the same process. The size and shape of the ball were not written into the rules until 1892. In 1892 the RFU endorsed ovalness as the compulsory shape. The gradual flattening of the ball continued over the years.
Synthetic Rugby Balls resulting in Leather Rugby Balls being fazed out
The introduction of synthetic footballs over the traditional leather balls, in both rugby codes, was originally governed by weather conditions. If the playing surface was wet. The synthetic ball was used, as it didn’t absorb water and become heavy. Eventually, the leather balls were phased out completely. Polyester is used as a backing material to hold the ball’s oval shape. Along with additional material for grips to enhance performance. The ball is stitched with polyester thread and coated with wax to make it more water-resistant.
Different from American Footballs, Canadian Footballs, and Australian Rules Footballs.
The rugby ball has an oval shape. Also, four panels and a weight of about 400 grams. It is often confused with some balls of similar dimensions used in American, Canadian, and Australian football.
Ellis Rugby Leather Balls Quality & Details
The Ellis Rugby Leather Balls feature the stylish Ellis Rugby crest de-bossed into the leather surface. In addition, it features a rubber inner tube. And traditional laced opening to enhance the vintage style.