12 Dec 2008, Mark Regan is Rhino guest coach for Barnet Elizabethans


Mark Regan coaching on the Rhino Rebel

Photo courtesy of Steven Hughes of www.imagepics.co.uk

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.

December 12, 2009 — 1

21 Nov 2008 , Lord Addington makes Rhino prize draw at Rugby Expo

Lord Addington and Reg Clark The captain of the Lords and Commons Rugby XV, Lord Addington, Liberal Democrat spokesman on sport in the House of Lords, came to the Rhino stand at the highly successful two day Rugby Expo at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on November 18th to make the prize draw for a Rhino Lions Official Training ball signed by the Lions management and coaching team. Over 100 entries were received by email and business card drop and the winner was Simon Cooper, President of Rugby League Deutschland, who had attended the exhibition on the first day. Lord Addington is an experienced prop with a wealth of rugby experience and is no stranger to Rhino's market leading scrummaging machines.
November 21, 2009 — 1

21 Nov 2008, Reg Clark voted Rugby Business Person of the year

Raphael Ibanez, Reg Clark, Mark Regan Reg Clark, Rhino's Chief Executive, was voted Rugby Business Person of the Year at the inaugural Rugby Business Awards dinner at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London on November 17th. The dinner and awards were organised by marketing agency ENS in conjunction with the highly successful two day Rugby Expo event at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. Clark's nomination was endorsed and supported by a significant number of prominent figures in the game and the award announcement occasioned a lively celebration on the Rhino table at the event. The awards panel was chaired by former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick and the ceremony compared by former England and Lions lock Martin Bayfield. The award was presented by Wasps and former France captain Raphael Ibanez and Bristol and former England and Lions hooker Mark Regan.
November 21, 2009 — 1

25 Nov 2008, Rhino organises meeting of the world's leading Scrum Gurus

By popular consent the two leading scrummaging gurus in world rugby are Mike Cron, current New Zealand scrum coach, in the Southern Hemisphere, and Phil Keith-Roach, former England scrum coach and Rhino founder and consultant, in the Northern Hemisphere. Remarkably, the two men had never met, and as Rhino is always committed to friendly interchange and co-operation in respect of promoting safe and effective fully contested scrummaging as an integral feature of the rugby union game, we took the opportunity of hosting a dinner for the two leading proponents of these arts during the All Blacks stay in London prior to their game with England. What followed was a tour d’horizon of historical and recent developments in respect of scrummaging laws and techniques, which if recorded would have been a best selling definitive statement – in the event, it was wasted on Rhino CEO and former fly half Reg Clark. As usual with Phil, the evening featured live scrummaging action, to the bemusment of other diners in the newly opened (and highly recommended) Côte restaurant in Kensington. Not quite on a par with the famous meeting between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen in 1941, but in terms of the world of scrummaging, not far off!
November 25, 2008 — 1

21 Nov 2008, Rhino Prize Winners at England Training

Danny Care, Danny Cipriani and Bishop Veseys prize winners Two pupils from Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield were the lucky winners of the Rhino Prize Draw which gave them places on the England Rugby Open Day at Penny Hill Park on October 28th. The pupils Will Sharpe and Will Slatterly were taken to the session by their Head of Rugby, Zac Feaunati the former London Irish, Bath and Samoa No 8. The boys learned about the England set up and training regimes and were able to spend time with the England players. "It was a great day for the boys" said Zac Feaunati, "they were able to get a good idea of the life of a professional rugby player and to meet with their heroes. We are very grateful to Rhino for the opportunity".
November 21, 2008 — 1

22 Oct 2008, Rhino Launches Official Ball at Lions Press Conference

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.
October 22, 2008 — 1

21 Oct 2008, Bishops Vesey's Win Rhino Draw!!

Rhino prize draw England Team Manager Martin Johnson makes the Rhino England Draw at Rugby House, Twickenham with Reg Clark, CEO of Rhino Rugby. Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield were picked out of the hat today by England Team Manager Martin Johnson in Rugby House Twickenham to win the Rhino England Draw prize of two places at the England training session at Penny Hill Park on October 28th. Bishop Vesey’s Head of Rugby Zac Feaunati, former Samoa and Bath No 8, was “stoked” at the news of the win and is looking forward to selecting two of his pupils to take up the prize. Bishop Vesey’s have recently taken delivery of a considerable amount of Rhino equipment and thus qualified for our top 50 clients list in England to enter the draw. More Rhino prize draws will follow during the season – watch this space.
October 21, 2008 — 1

18 Oct 2008, Rhino Pitchero Prize Winner

Rhino Pitchero Prize Winner Neil Back and Reg Clark hold the winning ticket for Broughton Park with Mark Fletcher

England 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

October 18, 2008 — 1

6 Oct 2008, Rhino - Browns Inaugural Festival Great Success

The Inaugural Rhino International Rugby Festival at Browns Sports & Leisure Club in the Algarve was held on the weekend of October 4th and 5th and was a resounding success. browns Taking its lead from the O2 Scrum on the Beach events held in Trafalgar Square and other venues around England in the summer, the centrepiece was a tournament held on the Browns purpose built permanent beach rugby facility in which local club Vilamoura triumphed 5-3 over the touring Kew Occasionals side in the final. Amongst a number of coaching events and clinics was a SCRUMSMART event focussing on scrummaging technique for beginners which used the Rhino Dictator machine which again is a permanent training feature for the many sides who visit Browns for warm weather training. This has in the past included the national squads of England, Australia and Ireland and a great many professional clubs from Europe and further afield. The machine itself is something of a collectors piece, being the one used in France by England to hone their scrummaging techniques to such a high level in sweeping aside Australia and France on their way to the 2007 Rugby World Cup final. Rhino have had a partnership with Browns to supply their contact and training equipment for some time, and both parties are keen to make this Festival an annual event, hopefully next year involving both union and league codes. Kew Occasionals side
October 06, 2008 — 1

30 Sep 2008, Rhino Pure Rugby lands official supplier contract

Logo for Fédération Suisse de Rugby Rhino Pure Rugby, the brand launched recently by Rhino Rugby in collaboration with UK merchandising specialists Trimerchandise, has secured an Official Supplier contract with the to supply playing kit and apparel to the Swiss national rugby sides. The FSR joins English Premiership club Northampton Saints and Magners League and Heinken Cup contender Edinburgh in adopting the Rhino Pure Rugby brand for the 2008-9 season. Rhino Rugby itself has been appointed Official Supplier of training equipment to the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 2009 and was an Official Partner and Supplier to the recent IRB U-20 Junior World Championship in Wales. It recently also added London Wasps to its roster of Official Supplier deals alongside longstanding relationships with England, Wales, Bath and the Cardiff Blues. The West London based company was subject to a management buy-in led by new England Team Manager Martin Johnson in late 2006. FSR commercial consultant Alain Winterhalter comments 'Rhino is one of the great global rugby brands and we are delighted to be working with them’. Rhino Pure Rugby head of sales Jason Critchley was equally pleased to land another major contract : 'we are determined to add national rugby federations to our portofolio of contracts and are very happy to have the FSR as our first of this kind. They will not be the last.’ Contact: Jason Critchley on +44 7725 244022 or Reg Clark on + 44 208 995 5965.
September 30, 2008 — 1

24 Sep 2008, Scrumsmart Event Great Success

raurisScrumsmart Event Great Success at Rauris International Rugby Festival in Austria

logosOver 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.

September 24, 2008 — 1

8 Sep 2008, Rugby League Breakthrough with St Helens!

St Helens Rhino Rhino Rugby recently announced a two year deal to be Official Supplier of training equipment to Rugby League Challenge Cup winners St Helens. The deal was celebrated by both parties at the Super League decider against Wigan at Knowsley Road, played five days after the Saints clinched the Challenge Cup against Hull. The sides fought a highly entertaining and ferocious 16 all draw enabling St Helens to take the League Leaders trophy for the fourth consecutive year. Historically, due to Rhino's previous location in Devon and that fact that its signature product was and is the scrummaging machine, rugby league has not been natural territory for the company. The new management of Rhino following the management buy-in in 2006 and relocation of the business to West London, however, set its sights on making this strategic breakthrough both in the area of training equipment (and in particular contact suits, tackle bags and hit shields, which translate perfectly well into league) and via its Rhino Pure Rugby brand in playing kit, protective equipment and apparel. This was a major factor in the recruitment of former Bradford Bulls’ player and Chief Executive and GB Team Manager, Abi Ekoku, as a Director of Rhino and former Widnes and GB rugby league international Jason Critchley as Head of Sales for Rhino Pure Rugby. Abi Ekoku comments: "The St Helens deal is the exactly the kind of breakthrough we have been looking for into the league code. We couldn't ask for a better partner for our signature deal and are determined to build on this to increase our coverage of the game at all levels, and to take our relationship with Saints further in future." Saints Chief Executive, Tony Colquitt, added: "We are delighted to form this partnership with Rhino. The deal is a first in Rugby League and it will allow the Saints to continue to seek perfection in all our training, preparation and planning. Rhino are a proactive leading company and we are already in discussions with them with regards to League specific designs and equipment." Pictured at Knowsley Road following the game between Saints and Wigan, holding the Rugby League Challenge Cup are Rhino Chief Executive Reg Clark and St Helens Chief Executive Tony Colquitt - Rhino Pure Rugby Director Wayne Mumford holds the League Leaders Trophy. Also pictured left to right are Rhino's Abi Ekoku, Steve Chapman, Jason Critchley and Rob Glenister.
September 08, 2008 — 1