As an Official Supplier to the 2012 Wales Grand Slam team, Rhino Rugby was offered the rare opportunity and privilege to have the 6 Nations Trophy over the last weekend. The one thing you can’t plan however is the weather and sadly the impact of the appearance of the trophy at the Cheddar Mini and Junior Festival and the Rhino Mendip Sevens on Sunday was impacted by the cancellation and abandonment respectively of these events. The trophy did make an appearance for Cheddar Valley RFC at the White Hart in Cheddar however and at the clubhouse of Winscombe RFC, hosts of the Mendip Sevens where it received an enthusiastic response. Rhino's plans to use the opportunity to raise donations of kit and equipment to the Rugby Uncle and Khelo Rugby charities focused on Kolkata in India were also curtailed, but even despite the abandonment of the tournaments, Tudu Sailen, Indian national fly half and Hartpury College player who is a product and leading light of these charities and who attended the events, was gratified by the generous donations still made. Rhino is working together with the RAF Spitfires 7s team to donate and transfer a pallet of equipment, including a new Premiersled scrum machine, together with other equipment including these donations to Kolkata within a month following further fundraising efforts at the RAF's Queens Diamond Jubilee Sevens tournament at Iffley Road Oxford on May 26th. The trophy was also well received at Rhino’s Somerset HQ on Monday morning.

The 6 Nations Trophy at Rhino's manufacturing facility in Somerset.

Winscombe junior members with the trophy.

Curt Russell and Tudu Sailen both of Hartpury College and the Kolkata Jungle Crows, who attended the Sunday events.

The 6 Nations Trophy at Rhino's headquarters in Somerset with Rhino staff.
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