25 Nov 2009, Rhino at the Rugby Business Seminar

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Rhino Rugby teamed up with Lewis Silkin solicitors, marketing agency ENS and Running Rugby Magazine to stage the third in a series of annual Rugby Business Seminars at the Chiswick Moran Hotel in West London, on Friday November 20th, the day before the England vs New Zealand game at Twickenham. The seminars are targeted at decision makers in rugby union and league - officials and officers of rugby clubs at all levels of those codes who are involved in the financing and administration of the game. The clubs represented ranged from Bath and London Wasps, Cambridge and Oxford Universities and St Mary’s Old Boys in Bristol in rugby union, St Helens in rugby league and geographically from as far away as Romania. The seminar opened with a keynote address by Paul Vaughan, Business Operations Director of the Rugby Football Union, who gave an overview of the development of rugby union as a professional sport since 1995 and answered a wide variety of questions on current issues facing both England Rugby and the game globally. Owen Eastwood of Lewis Silkin and Rebecca Hopkins of ENS, both of whom had represented clients involved in the ‘Bloodgate’ affair in the summer, then talked about the highly topical issue of Crisis and Reputation Management. Delegates were then given an unscheduled bonus when All Black legend Murray Mexted injected some colour and on-field orientation to the proceedings by speaking after lunch about his activities as Managing Director of the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand. Tony Colquitt, CEO of St Helens RLFC then gave an overview of the challenges facing rugby league as a professional sport, followed by Charlie McEwan of Essentially on the economics of the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa in the summer. Duncan Sandlant and George Koureas of Lewis Silkin then presented on the new rugby agents regulations and immigration, work permits and visas respectively, and finally Bryn Lee of TigerTurf gave an overview of latest developments in artificial pitch technology. Delegates then adjourned to the office/factory of Rhino Rugby Ltd adjacent to the hotel for post-seminar drinks. Charlie McEwan conducted the business card draw - Stewart Eru of Cambridge University winning a Rhino ball signed by England Manager Martin Johnson and Adam Kemp of the Middlesex Charity Sevens winning the hotel weekend kindly donated by the Chiswick Moran. Charlie McEwan conducted the business card draw – Stewart Eru of Cambridge University winning a Rhino ball signed by England Manager Martin Johnson Stewart Eru of Cambridge University wins business card drop of Rhino ball signed by Martin Johnson, drawn by Charlie McEwan
November 25, 2009 — 1

17 Nov 2009, Mr T experiences the Rhino Factor at Saracens

Video: Mr T experiences the Rhino Factor at Saracens

Mr T helps train the Saracens with Rhino Rugby equipment View the video here.
November 17, 2009 — 1

17 Nov 2009, St Pauls boys enjoy England prizewinners day

St Pauls School in Barnes, London were the winners of Rhino’s two places at the England Open Day at Pennyhill Park recently. Under 16 captain Sam Grabiner and his teammate Nick Lovell met and talked to their heroes in the England squad and were given presentations on the various aspects of the training, dietary regimes and general lifestyle of the modern professional footballers.

James Blurton, Master and Coach of their side commented: "It really was a fantastic day out. The boys gained an insight into the level of detail and precision required to make it as an international rugby players." Sam Grabiner, Captain: "We really enjoyed the day. To have the opportunity to meet the players and watch them train was something we thought would never be possible – Thanks Rhino!" Sam Grabiner and Nick Lovell with Johnny Wilkinson Johnny Wilkinson with Sam Grabiner (Captain) and Nick Lovell from St Pauls School in Barnes
November 17, 2009 — 1

22 Oct 2009, Rhino supports Touraid charity game

Rhino was delighted to support the Touraid charity in its game in aid of the ‘For a Child’s Smile’ charity which raises money to help street children in Cambodia. The game was played on October 14th at Esher RFC and featured internationals Mike Catt and Tim Stimpson of England, Rob Henderson and Rob Saunders of Ireland and Damien Cronin of Scotland in addition to Rhino Director and former Bradford Bulls rugby league star Abi Ekoku. John Inverdale provided on field live interviews during the game, which raised in excess of £8,000 for the good cause. The kit for both team and the match and presentation balls were provided by Rhino

Mike Catt in the charity game. Mike Catt in the charity game. Sailen Tudu being tacked by Tim Stimpson Sailen Tudu being tacked by Tim Stimpson. Sailen is a great emerging rugby nation success story - having graduated from the Kolkata Jungle Crows team to India U-20’s, he is now on a two year scholarship at Hartpury College. www.touraid.co.uk
October 22, 2009 — 1
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21 Oct 2009, The Lions 2009 South Africa: Living With The Pride

British & Irish Lions 2009 - Living with the PrideRhino Rugby are the Official Supplier of scrummaging machines and contact training equipment to the British & Irish Lions. Rhino Rugby products play an important role in the recently released DVD "Living with the Pride" The DVD is the perfect gift for a rugby fanatic. It provides a real insight into tour life using footage shot on portable digital video cameras by the players themselves. There is rivetting footage of the inspirational pre match team talks. See the squad using the Rhino Dictator Scrum Machine and Rhino Tackle pads in their rigorous training regime. Watch a clip and purchase the DVD by clicking here
October 21, 2009 — 1

21 Oct 2009, TOUGHNESS - RELIABILTY - INTEGRITY : The Video

Rhino Rugby are delighted to announce their new Corporate video.

We would like to thank Martin Johnson for his contribution. Martin puts into words what Rhino Rugby stands for Toughness, Reliability and Integrity. The video includes footage from Twickenham and the recent British & Irish Lions' Tour of South Africa. We would be pleased to hear your comments about the video Play Video
October 21, 2009 — 1
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24 Sep 2009, OLD ACTONIAN WEDDING BALLS UP!

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Morris of Old Actonians RFC

When Johnny Morris, Old Actonian Chairman for the last two years, married Lisa Fountain at St Mary’s Church, Henley in early September he decided to give part of his day a rugby theme. His many rugby friends present both from his own club and from Chinnor, Aylesbury, Gosforth, KCS Old Boys, Chichester and the Royal Navy formed a wedding arch with Rhino Tornado balls as the bride and groom left the church. It was a honour for Rhino as neighbours and long standing suppliers of Old Actonians to provide the balls for the purpose and we wish the Johnny and Lisa all the best for a happy future together
September 24, 2009 — 1

14 Sep 2009, Rhino at 'Irish Rugby Show'

Irish Rugby Show Reggie Corrigan with boys from Catholic University School at a Rhino scrum masterclass RHINO AT IRISH RUGBY SHOW Rhino was well represented at the Inaugural Irish Rugby Show at the Royal Dublin Showground on the weekend of September 12th and 13th. We exhibited a Rhino Premiersled and were represented by our  Sales Manager Tarryn Coetzee and Sales Agent in Ireland, Grant White,and were also pleased to be assisted greatly by our old friend and IRB Central Asia representative Luke O’Callaghan on his home turf. Leinster and Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan not only gave a Rhino scrummaging masterclass for schoolboys on each day of the Show but in addition kindly made the prize draw for a Rhino Lions ball signed by the whole touring squad to South Africa and which was won by Lisa Carolan from Dundalk. Below: Luke O’Callaghan and Tarryn Coetzee with the Heineken Cup and Rhino Lions prize signed ball

Irish Rugby Show

September 14, 2009 — 1

3 Sep 2009, RHINO helps Chilean student team

Chilean Students Antumapu RFC of Chile is a team of students from the University of Chile’s Antumapu campus on the coast near Santiago. Having won all of the student competitions available to them in recent seasons, they decided one year ago to step up to the Chilean national second division and requested help from Rhino to obtain some contact and training equipment to prepare them for the challenge. Club organiser Matias Rojas commented: “this year has been really good for us, and Rhino has a lot of the responsibility of it, our trainings are better than before, and to have the equipment is something that stimulates the player to go to practice with more energy because every training is a lot more fun”. We wish them all the best for the coming season which we gather has started well for them.
September 03, 2009 — 1

2 Sep 2009, RHINO supports FSRP initiative in S.A.

FSR in S.A. Rhino has joined the newly-formed 'Fans' Social Responsibility Partnership' (FSRP), alongside other benefactors in supporting a grassroots rugby initiative in the Orange Farm Township near Soweto in South Africa. FSRP is the brainchild of Adrian Walton of Old Blues RFC, who was educated in South Africa - it aims to encourage rugby fans to take responsibility for the development of participation in the game in lesser privileged communities by providing the option to add a small sum to the cost of a ticket, be it for major international matches or otherwise. Whilst not strictly limited to beneficiaries in South Africa, the launch event was at Masibambane College, where following funding by HSBC of the turfing of a multi-purpose pitch which was opened by the Lions management and squad during the tour, a training day was held for 70 local children immediately before the 3rd Test in Johannesburg. Reg Clark and Peter Urey of Rhino were delighted to be able to participate in this inaugural event using Rhino equipment supplied to FSRP and brought over by them. It was an inspiring and moving occasion - Rhino is pleased to pay tribute to the efforts of Adrian and his colleagues and we are committed to continuing our support for FSRP generally and this initiative in particular. Pieter Steyn, the Headmaster of the College commented: 'FSRP's vision in initiating a programme to complement the generosity of our other benefactors such as HSBC will leave a legacy for future generations both at Masibambane and the Orange Farm Community, and will benefit many children in the future'. FSRP2 FSRP
September 02, 2009 — 1

26 Aug 2009, Rhino helps Cyprus Pumas

Tim Francis, the inventor of the world’s first scrummaging machine, the Rhino Powerhouse, and founder of Rhino Rugby who is retired and spending part of his time in Northern Cyprus, contacted us some time ago to ask for assistance for the newly formed local team there, the Cyprus Pumas. Rhino accordingly donated some contact and training equipment last season to help the Pumas to win the inaugural Turkish Rugby League, and this season we provided them with a scrum machine which was kindly bought for the club by local solicitors Naomi Mehmet & Partners and recently delivered. Clare Morley, Secretary of the Pumas commented: “we are very grateful to Tim for introducing us to the company he founded and to Rhino for their continued support. We believe this machine will greatly assist our efforts to grow our club and consolidate our position as Turkish champions”. New Pumas coach, Keith Ellor said: “The new scrum machine will be invaluable to help the forwards improve their scrummaging techniques, especially important as we expect a number of touring teams from the UK this season.” See www.cypruspumas.com for further details.
August 26, 2009 — 1

26 Aug 2009, Rhino in Kazakhstan

A Rhino Premiersled machine recently delivered to the Kazakhstan RFU was put into immediate use at a 3 hour Scrum Clinic for the Kazakhstan women’s team organised by Asian RFU Development Manager for Central Asia, Luke O’Callaghan. Former Pumas Prop Fernando Diaz Alberdi, a 1999 Rugby World Cup veteran, gave his time and expert advice to support the session. The session was part of a development plan leading up to the women’s RWC qualifiers in Singapore in November. Valeriy Popov, head coach of the women's team said "We are delighted that someone with Fernando's expertise and experience was available to help us out. We are also very grateful to our sponsors, Nigel Croft at Datoba, Roger Holland at CBRE Richard Ellis and all the team at DHL, for making this possible. We are very grateful also to Rhino for providing the first ever scrum machine in Central Asia". Luke O'Callaghan was delighted with the clinic, "The girls really enjoyed getting to grips with the Rhino scrum machine, which  is a good example of the small improvements we are making in this part of the world and which is sure to have a lasting effect on Kazakhstani players who have the potential to dominate Asian forward play”.
August 26, 2009 — 1