Rhino has teamed up with HSBC, the Principal Partner to the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia, to donate a full set of Rhino training kit as used by the Lions in Australia to St. Gregory’s school in Sydney and in particular the school’s programme with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF). Brian O’Driscoll, Lions legend and HSBC ambassador, at the end of his fourth Lions tour took time before flying out to donate the kit to the school and commented: “It’s just fantastic that we have been able to find a good home for the Rhino training equipment that has followed us around in Australia. I’m sure the boys at St Gregory’s will make good use of the equipment now the tour is over. Perhaps in 12 years’ time some of the boys will be playing for Australia when The Lions are back over again and will have benefited from training with this equipment.” Following a victorious seven week tour of Australia and Hong Kong, The British & Irish Lions training kit has been given to St. Gregory’s as part of HSBC’s on-going partnership with the AIEF. HSBC’s partnership with the AIEF began in 2011 and this donation represents the culmination of six weeks of rugby related activity using HSBC’s flagship sponsorship to help inspire the next generation of rugby players in Australia. The AIEF is a private sector led, non-profit organisation focused on empowering indigenous children in financial need to build a future through quality education and career pathways at Australia’s leading schools, universities and companies.
Brian O’Driscoll with St Gregory’s pupil and Rhino hit shield as used by the Lions.