Pro14 signs partnership with Gilbert

Sports equipment manufacturer Gilbert has become the official match ball partner of the Pro14 Championship, the European rugby union club competition.

As part of the long-term agreement, the Gilbert Match-XV ball will be used in every game during the tournament, which features teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Wales and, from the 2017-18 season, South Africa.

The deal will also see Gilbert sponsor the Pro14 Golden Boot award, as well as providing ball-related merchandise for promotional purposes.