Rhino has reinforced its position as No.1 for scrum machines with the launch of the Rhino Pro Scrum, an innovative training machine designed for all levels, on all surfaces.

The Rhino Pro Scrum has been invented by long-term collaborator, the former Scotland and Springboks contact and collision skills coach Richie Gray.

Key features on the Rhino Pro Scrum include: 

  • Circular base that encourages straight and balanced drives
  • Adjustable loosehead and tighthead pads to reflect variable prop sizes
  • New loosehead-specific pad to mimic real-life scrum position
  • Side binding pads with match jersey fabric
  • Bungee-spring loaded heads for adjustable resistance
  • Maul-attachment option
  • Rounded base-plate design reduces impact on pitch and suitable for artificial and hybrid pitches

The Rhino Pro Scrum is the result of more than five years of design, testing and prototypes with the final version of the machine being hand-built in Rhino’s Somerset engineer base late last year.

Rhino Pro Scrum
The Rhino Pro Scrum's unique circular base

“We wanted to create a machine that reflected the varying different needs of the modern-day scrum,” explains Richie Gray who, as founder of Global Sports Innovation (GSI), has created more than 20 products for Rhino, including the Collision King technical training range and the Multi-Skills Bag. “The Rhino Pro Scrum is flexible in every sense to create a realistic scrum situation," continues Gray. It reflects the different shapes and sizes of the front row, ultimately encouraging constant and accurate technique.”

Already, the machine has gained a number of world-class admirers and scrum gurus.

South Africa, Sharks and Montpellier Herault prop Jannie du Plessis, said of the Rhino Pro Scrum. “The Rhino Pro Scrum moves completely differently to any other sled that I have used throughout my career due to the unique circular base that the machine is built on. 
This change in design makes it even more important that as an eight you are working in unison or you will not control the machine. Seeing that it moves differently enables a pack of forwards to work on many things that were previously not possible.”

Georgian prop Davit Kabriashvili, said: “A key feature for my own individual technique is that you can adjust the scrum pads on the head of the Rhino Pro Scrum machine to the correct width. Many scrum heads worldwide are to narrow which affects your initial set-up and transfer of weight and power through the scrum machine itself.”

Rhino Pro Scrum
Richie demonstrates the adjustable scrum heads

His international colleague, Mikheil Nariashvili, added: “ The new inter changeable loosehead configuration on the Rhino Pro Scrum makes your training session far more realistic, also each scrum pad is  individually spring loaded which takes away continual jarring that you receive on a non-spring loaded head machine.”

The Rhino Pro Scrum joins a class-leading collection of scrum machines that includes the global best-seller Premier Sled, the POWA Sled – which has been supplied to the NZR and used by the national sides of New Zealand for over 20 years – and the Rhino Dictator as used by England, Wales and the British & Irish Lions.


To find out more, contact Rhino on 02920 225614 or email sales@rhino.direct

To explore the Rhino scrum machine range, click here

Alex Mead
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