Training Balls vs Match balls?

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by mickywicky, May 18, 2008.

  1. mickywicky

    mickywicky Guest

    The subject line says it all... what's the difference between training balls and match balls in Union?
    I would expect that match ball to be made of tougher material, but then why nto just use match balls for training?
    Something's not making sense to me :unsure:
    Thanks for any replies!
     
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  3. Thingimubob

    Thingimubob Guest

    meh, I've always seen them as one costs £10 the other £40. I think the Match Ball is supposed to be higher quality material, so lasts longer and is more comfortable to use. But then again, it'd be even better for training as well...
     
  4. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    Yea pretty much basically!

    Sometimes you can get a pass trainning ball which is heavier than a regular one that helps you pass the ball quicker and longer!
     
  5. okiedokie

    okiedokie Guest

    we used to train with a ball full of sand, short and quick passes, easy to learn the proper movement for passing.
     
  6. Here's what I read on the North American site, WorldRugbyShop.com:

    Match balls: "Match rugby balls are typically made of natural rubber and have better grip than their training ball counterparts. Match rugby balls, given the nature of the materials they are made of, tend to wear out faster than training balls do and should only be used for matches to get the most out of them."

    Training balls: "Training rugby balls are designed to withstand the wear and tear of numerous practice sessions and are typically made of more durable synthetic materials to help increase longevity. While training balls tend to withstand constant wear and tear better than match balls do thanks to the focus on durability rather than pin-point precision in grip and flight, training balls are not as well suited for matches and should just be used for training if possible."

    Take that for what it's worth...
     
  7. mickywicky

    mickywicky Guest

    Precisely what I was looking to find out.
    Thanks bru.
     
  8. unskilz

    unskilz Guest

    Match balls: really grippy and bouncy, have a lighter feel to them, fly longer/faster

    Training balls: ball slips out of hands more, heavier, but can take a stronger beating over the years
     
  9. canongia

    canongia Guest

    About:

    "Match balls: really grippy and bouncy, have a lighter feel to them, fly longer/faster

    Training balls: ball slips out of hands more, heavier, but can take a stronger beating over the years"

    The training ball aren´t usually heavier (Except the 1kg ones, as the soccer medicinal ball, but are expensive)
     
  10. unskilz

    unskilz Guest

    Yeah I didn't mean it literally, just the feel if you know what I mean.
     
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