RHINO EXTENDS LIONS LEGACY PROGRAMME FROM HONG KONG AND SYDNEY TO.....WEST HARTLEPOOL.
Rhino were delighted to work with fellow partners HSBC on their legacy programme on the triumphant British & Irish Lions tour to Hong Kong and Australia last summer. As part of the programme a full set of training equipment was donated by HSBC, with Rhino’s assistance, to grass roots rugby activities in both Hong Kong and in Sydney. Rhino still has a small amount of equipment left over from the tour, and when Group CEO Reg Clark received a request from his former school rugby coach John Mullen at his home town club West Hartlepool for assistance with a new set of post pads for their Brinkburn ground, the temptation to extend the programme to one more exotic location was too great. Clark played for West Hartlepool, initially as a schoolboy and then whilst at Oxford University, during their emergence as a first class club in the late 1970’s. West have managed to stabilise their fortunes after losing their previous Brierton Lane ground to a developer during a spectacular fall from First Division status in the early professional era and are once more flourishing in this hotbed of grassroots rugby in the North East.
John Mullen at West Hartlepool RFC
Brian O’Driscoll donates training equipment to St Gregory’s school in Sydney.
Students at Lingnan University in Hong Kong with HSBC-Rhino Lions legacy equipment.