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In Pictures: Rodd & Gunn joins forces with Gilbert for rugby inspired collection

Chloe Burney
14 February 2023

New Zealand-based heritage brand Rodd & Gunn has joined forces with sports manufacturing brand Gilbert, designing a new collection dedicated to rugby.

As the legend goes, rugby was born in 1823 when schoolboy William Webb Ellis, with a disregard for the rules of football, took the ball in his arms and ran with it. The ball in question was a Gilbert, made by William Gilbert.

For 200 years, rugby players have relied on the quality and precision of Gilbert rugby balls. Now, this heritage extends into a clothing collaboration with the 1987-founded menswear brand, Rodd & Gunn.

CEO of Rodd & Gunn, Mike Beagley, commented: “We’ve kept this collection true to our brand, keeping in mind the rich heritage and sporting nature of Gilbert, ensuring it appeals to rugby enthusiasts on and off the field.”


The aesthetic of the collection is quintessential sportswear with a Rodd & Gunn twist, comprising of printed sweatshirts, hoodies, polo shirts, trousers, and jackets.

The two brands have designed a custom emblem in celebration of the collaboration, which is stitched onto each piece. Every garment has been named after a different rugby stadium in England (where Gilbert is based) and New Zealand.

Rodd & Gunn’s commitment to sustainability means that each piece is crafted using biodegradable materials from renewable resources.

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