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At the send off dinner for the England team at the 02 Dome before the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Rhino donated a Rebel 3 scrum machine for the charity auction at the event. It was bought by Charles Henderson and donated to Barnet Elizabethan mini rugby section. In addition to the gift of the machine, England rugby kindly offered a coaching session by a member of the World Cup squad and the boys at Barnet were very excited recently to be put through their paces on the machine by Bristol, England and Lions hooker Mark Regan.
Rhino Launches Official Ball at Lions Press Conference
Pictured above with the Rhino Lions ball are Lions Tour Manager Gerald Davies, Robert Howley, Sean Edwards and Rhino CEO Reg Clark.Rhino Rugby yesterday launched the Official Training Ball of the British & Irish Lions Tour to South Africa 2009. At the Press Conference held at the HSBC offices in Dublin to name Ian McGeechan’s coaching team of Warren Gatland, Robert Howley and Sean Edwards, Rhino CEO Reg Clark unveiled the striking new ‘celtic’ style designs based on the shape of a Lions claw. Rhino will have a full range of Lions ball products on offer from November. In addition to being the Official Training Ball Supplier for the tour, Rhino are also supplying their market-leading scrummaging machines and contact and training equipment to the Lions.
Neil Back and Reg Clark hold the winning ticket for Broughton Park with Mark FletcherEngland World Cup winner, Lions legend and Leeds Carnegie coach Neil Back has drawn North 2 West club Broughton Park as the winner of the Rhino Rugby - Pitchero prize draw. Pitchero, the innovative new social networking platform for sports clubs, presented a Rhino World Cup match ball to the first 50 clubs who had 20 registered members on their Pitchero website and the first 40 clubs to have 50 members were entered into the draw for £1,000 worth of Rhino ground equipment. The draw took place at the Leeds Rugby clubhouse shared by Leeds Carnegie and the Leeds Rhinos and was attended by England, Lions and Great Britain rugby league hero John Bentley, who is currently Community Marketing Manager for the combined operation, Reg Clark, Chief Executive of Rhino Rugby and Mark Fletcher of Pitchero.
John Bentley with Rhino Hit Shield
Scrumsmart Event Great Success at Rauris International Rugby Festival in AustriaOver 150 players and coaches from four different countries attended a session of SCRUMSMART at the inaugural Rauris International Rugby Festival near Salzburg in Austria over the weekend of September 19th-2st. The Festival, the brainchild of Rhino Rugby Director and former GB rugby league team manager, Abi Ekoku, and sponsored by Austrian Chalets, featured various sides from the host nation, including an Austrian development squad, which played an international invitation XV, and additionally a womens tournament for sides from Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. SCRUMSMART is the campaign launched by Rhino, marketing services company ENS and other partners, and endorsed by the RFU and Welsh Rugby Union, to promote safe and effective contested scrummaging in the rugby union game. The session was conducted by Blackheath Director of Youth Development Steve Pope, ably assisted by his co-prop on the invitation XV Paul Shadbolt. President of the Austrian RFU Andreas Schwab, himself a former international prop, was particularly delighted with the session: "from the point of view of developing basic positioning and technique in respect of many relative newcomers to the game, this was an absolutely invaluable event, and additionally our experienced front row players and forwards learned a great deal from Steve and Paul."
Further SCRUMSMART events are planned in a number of countries in the coming months and the campaign will be exhibiting at the Rugby Expo in London in November.