The 1930's leather rugby ball by John Woodridge
John Woodridge is a new French brand inspired by the elegant handicrafts of the early 20th century. Starting with a travel range where satchels and briefcases are designed with the elegance of yesteryear, this brand also has several sports products that throw us back into the fervor of last century's sports. What a perfect match to bring together the sports kit and accessories that Sports d'Epoque and John Woodbridge propose so you can relive the legends and passions of the past.
In the distant mists that surround the origins of rugby, its thanks to one well known name who was the first to pick up the ovale ball. William Gilbert was a shoemaker in the town of rugby, the birthplace of this sport, and he was the first person to give the ball its famous shape in 1820 and made from porc intestins wrapped in leather. The introduction of rubber inflatable intestins in 1870 allowed a standard size to be defined and which as only slightly been changed since. These leather balls were used for centuries but heavy and slippery in the wet they were finally replaced by a new synthetic version in the 2nd half of the 20th century.