RaboDirect Pro12 - Rhino Vortex Elite Rugby Ball
Reg Clark and Karl Hogan with the newly minted RaboDirect PRO12 trophy at the Aviva Stadium
The recent Leinster vs Munster game in the RaboDirect PRO12 - billed as 'Fever at the Aviva 2' and attended by close to 50,000 fans - developed into a goal kicking contest between Ireland's leading fly halves - Johnny Sexton for Leinster and Ronan O'Gara for Munster, who between them achieved a remarkable strike rate of 13 out of 14 successful kicks at goal from a wide variety of angles and distances.
This was extremely gratifying to Rhino CEO Reg Clark and Irish Sales Agent Karl Hogan, attending the event as guests of Celtic Rugby, in the Rhino Vortex Elite's first season as Official Ball of the competition.
The reception of players and coaches to the new ball has been overwhelming positive - far be it for us to compare that with ball controversies in other recent high profile rugby tournaments!