|The launch event involved Easigrass carpeting the Rhino offices with artificial turf and the presence of one their highly recogniseable ‘turfed’ vehicles so familiar to Londoners|
|RHINO-TURF VT60, the flagship product, will be aimed at meeting the requirements of the highest levels of rugby and soccer dual use pitches; featuring long monofilament fibres supported by additional curly yarn it is hard wearing, non-abrasive and visually as close to real turf as you can get, whilst offering excellent performance for all sports.|
|RHINO TURF VT65 is primarily a rugby surface designed for use on training areas or full size pitches, with a pad, to meet IRB standards. Featuring two different monofilament yarns this product is attractive, durable, and soft to touch whilst offering excellent playing characteristics. It can also be used for high level football.|
|CEO of the RFU John Steele|
|Rhino CEO Reg Clark on the company’s signature Dictator scrum machine at Twickenham|
- Bernard Lapasset, IRB
- Sir Ian McGeechan, Bath and former Scotland and Lions Coach
- Jonny Wilkinson, Player
Rhino CEO Reg Clark recently visited Jalandhar City in the Punjab to pay a first visit to our key supplier of rugby balls and other miscellaneous equipment, the Sporting Syndicate group. Owned and run by the Kohli family, the group is India’s leading manufacturer of sporting equipment, employing over 400 people. The group’s Majestic Syndicate subsidiary, acquired in 2006 and operated for 36 years by Harjal Raj, comprises the original Indian manufacturing unit for Gilbert rugby balls which are now made elsewhere. Reg Clark and Sporting Syndicate’s Sales Director Alkesh Kohli had wide ranging discussions concerning future development of Rhino as a force in the global rugby ball market. Sporting Syndicate were responsible for the development and manufacture of Rhino’s range of Official British & Irish Lions 2009 South Africa Tour balls and will be strongly supporting Rhino’s future bids for further major ball contracts.
|Reg Clark and Harjal Raj at the Majestic Syndicate factory|
Brothers 10 year old Shuya and 8 year old Seiji Takahashi were the winners of our 'Spot the Rhino' competition to win places at the England Prizewinners Day at Penny Hill Park in late October.
Based in Orpington, the brothers play their rugby at London Welsh Minis and were accompanied for the occasion by their father Sabro and friend Kazushi Tomita, both prominent members of London Japanese RFC. They were treated to talks by England coaches and staff and were able to watch the England squad train and meet them afterwards to collect autographs... even inclement weather could not dampen their excitement at meeting their heroes.
|Seiji and Shuya meet England Manager Martin Johnson||Together with Kazushi Tomita, captain Lewis Moody|
The CEO-elect of the Rugby Football Union, John Steele has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the 4th Rugby Business Seminar which will be held on Friday November 26th at the Chiswick Moran Hotel. John Steele was recently appointed as successor to Francis Baron and will take up his new post in Autumn this year after concluding his time as Chief Executive of UK Sport, where he has had considerable success. www.rugbybusinessseminar.com
RHINO SUPPORTS ‘GOAL’ LONDON TAG RUGBY EVENT
Rhino have for some years now been a regular supporter of the GOAL charity, an international humanitarian agency with strong support from the world of sport. We were accordingly a sponsor of the inaugural GOAL London Tag Rugby Championship in north London on August 29th. All proceeds from the event went towards funding the construction of basic housing for people living with AIDS/HIV in Uganda. Tamara Gervasoni of GOAL UK expressed her ‘profound thanks’ for Rhino’s support – further information on GOAL’s activities can be found atwww.goal-uk.org.
For over 25 years you’ve known Rhino as a world leader in rugby contact and training equipment, with its core values of ‘toughness, reliability, integrity, heritage and team spirit’. Increasingly, you’ve asked if we could bring those features to clothing that can be worn off the pitch. Our response is The RhinoGB range – fashion wear that brings together stylish quality and rugged comfort, featuring the renowned Rhino brand. The full range will be available very soon onwww.rhinogb.com - watch out for sneak previews on Facebook and Twitter as well as a special launch offer exclusive to a rugby club near you in the coming weeks.
RHINO RUGBY PAYS TRIBUTE TO FORMER CHAIRMAN ANDY RIPLEY
All at Rhino Rugby – staff, directors and shareholders, both past and present – offer their sincere condolences to the family of the legendary Andy Ripley who sadly passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Andy was instrumental in organising the Business Expansion Scheme share issue that followed the incorporation of Rhino’s original holding company (‘The Incredibly Fit Co’, as described in his obituary in today’s Daily Telegraph) in 1988 and was a significant shareholder and Chairman of the board of the company for 18 years. He was a constant source of good advice, humour and inspiration throughout this time , and was delighted at the success of the MBI in 2006, attending with his family the celebration of the deal hosted by Martin Johnson at Twickenham. Rhino CEO Reg Clark was pleased in particular to be able to meet Andy one final time at the recent Rugby Players Association Dinner which featured a highly emotional presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to the England and Lions number 8, who was also recently awarded the OBE for his services to sport. There will be many eulogies and tributes paid to this truly great man in the coming days – Rhino would simply like to add our own small contribution to that in appreciation of everything he did for our company.
Stony Brook University RFC on Long Island bought a Rhino 2000 scrum machine back in 2008, and when we heard that the England Saxons were training in nearby New Jersey during the current Churchill Cup tournament, their head coach Daniel ‘Shags’ Yarusso, generously offered to lend the machine. We send our thanks to Shags, who was delighted to observe a Saxons scrummaging session, and wish the ‘Seawolves’ all the best for the coming season.
England Saxons training on the Rhino 2000 in New Jersey
SPRINGBOKS UNVEIL NEW RHINO DICTATOR IN CAPE TOWN
The Springboks today unveiled their new Rhino Dictator scrum machine to the press in Cape Town. Following its purchase by the South African Rugby Union, Rhino agreed to 're-livery'the machine into Springbok green and SARU's sponsor SASOL alongside the usual Rhino branding. Springbok forward coach Gary Gold, coach Pieter de Villiers and scrum advisor Os du Rand posed for the press alongside the machine. The Dictator is also the current scrum machine of choice of the British & Irish Lions and the England, Wales and Scotland national squads. Rhino is hoping to follow up this flagship sale with a re-launch of our brand into the South African market - the company’s original 'Powerhouse' roller-style machine is still much in evidence in clubs and schools around the country as we had a lot of early success in selling this model there in the 1980's. As we all know, Rhino machines do last forever! Watch the video here