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How to deflate a rugby ball

Updated April 17, 2017

Deflating your rugby ball will save space when storing or transporting your ball. Knowing how to correctly deflate your football will prevent the inner rubber bladder from being damaged and increase the longevity of your ball. Incorrect deflation could lead to a broken needle or a punctured rubber bladder, rendering your ball unusable.

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  1. Locate your inflation needle. If you do not have a needle, buy one that's the correct size for the valve on your ball. Most needles are universal in size, but you can take your ball to the shop to ensure the proper purchase.

  2. Find the ball's valve, which is a small hole surrounded by a narrow circle of rubber. It is usually in the centre of the ball just above or below the laces.

  3. Dampen the needle with water or saliva. This will act as a lubricant to make the needle slide in easily.

  4. Insert the needle at a perpendicular angle to the ball. Push the needle in until you hear the hissing sound of air coming out. Hold the ball between your knees or feet. Keep the needle straight and the ball steady to prevent the needle from breaking.

  5. Squeeze gently to deflate the ball.

  6. Slowly remove the needle once the desired deflation level has been reached.

  7. Tip

    Keep the needle in an easy-to-remember place between uses.

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Things You'll Need

  • Inflation needle
  • Football

About the Author

Joe Faulkner-Edwards has been a freelancer for the BBC since 2008. He writes and researches innovative new factual entertainment formats and output-related material for BBC Online. Faulkner-Edwards is also a health and fitness expert. His health and lifestyle articles have been featured in "The Leeds Student" newspaper. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in broadcasting from the University of Leeds.

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