Earlier this year Rhino was put in touch with Teheran RFC by former Cambridge University captain and current Commercial Manager Stewart Eru and we were delighted to be able to supply the club with some second hand equipment, including contact equipment formerly used by the England squad. President Charles Wyley together with coach Idin Norashemi have been instrumental in developing the game in Iran at grass roots level at a time of falling expatriate numbers and TRFC competed once more in the recent Dubai Sevens International Social competition, with their achievements being highlighted in the tournament programme. Unfortunately, their efforts have been put on hold during the recent political upheavals – particularly as there is no current access to their training ground and equipment store in the British Embassy compound in Teheran. We congratulate Charles and his members for their pioneering efforts and wish them well in the current difficult circumstances facing the club.

Teheran RFC members with their Rhino equipment.
Teheran RFC members with their Rhino equipment.

December 05, 2011 — 1
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Rhino once more sponsored the Oku Memorial Trophy tournament played at Iffley Road Oxford on Saturday December 3rd. The event is played to honour the memory of Ambassador Katsuhiko Oku, a founder of London Japanese RFC who was tragically killed whilst on diplomatic duty in Iraq in 2003. The tournament was won by the Kew Occasionals who defeated Hertford College in the final. Ambassador Oku became the first Japanese national to play for the Blues XV at Oxford and become a member of Vincent’s the prestigious university sportsman’s club. He was also very active as a member of the JRFU International Committee in promoting Japan’s ambitions to host the Rugby World Cup. The trophy was presented by Lynn Evans, RFU staff coach who was OURFC’s coach in the early 80’s when Oku played for the Blues XV. You can download a copy of the Oku Trophy programme here
Hertford College 19 London Japanese 5
Kew Occasionals 50 Vincents' Club 5
Vincent's Club 39 London Japanese 10
Kew Occasionals 50 Hertford College 7
Lynn Evans presents the Oku Trophy  to Kew Occasionals joint captions Tom Clark and Tom Quayle after their 50—7 victory over Hertford College,  with sponsor  Rhino Rugby’s CEO Reg Clark,  Hertford captain Andrew Gosling and OURFC General Manager Tim Stevens who refereed the final.

Lynn Evans presents the Oku Trophy to Kew Occasionals joint captains Tom Clark and Tom Quayle after their 50—7 victory over Hertford College, with sponsor Rhino Rugby’s CEO Reg Clark, Hertford captain Andrew Gosling and OURFC General Manager Tim Stevens who refereed the final.

December 05, 2011 — 1
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Dubai Rugby SevensRhino’s first venture into sponsoring  a ‘branded’ sevens side – in the International Open competition of the Dubai Sevens from December 1st to 3rd – turned out to be a somewhat unexpected success.  The ‘Move One Rhinos’, jointly sponsored by the Dubai-headquartered international logistics company Move One and by Sterling Financial Printers in addition to ourselves, proved to be the ‘dark horses’ of this particular tournament in reaching in the final.   Captained and managed by Matt Gupta, a former work experience intern with Rhino, The Rhinos beat sides from Ireland, France, Nigeria and the UAE to reach the final where they went down to pre-tournament favourites the French  ‘Reservoir Group Pyrenees 7s’. They at least had the pleasure of watching England take revenge for them later that same day, beating France 29-12 in the main IRB Sevens Series tournament.   Whilst we have no plans to emulate some of our teamwear rival companies in running sides on the semi-pro sevens circuit, we are delighted at the success of Matt’s squad and there is no doubt that The Rhinos will be re-appearing again in future.


December 05, 2011 — 1
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Richie Gray, inventor of the revolutionary Rhino Collision King rucking machine yesterday won the coveted Technical Innovation Award at the Rugby Expo Awards Dinner at Twickenham. Former England scrum half Peter Richards presented the award to a delighted Gray, who thanked all at Rhino for the support he had received since meeting Rhino CEO Reg Clark at Martin Johnson’s introduction in April this year. Having commenced production in June, the machine was already in use by Wales, England, Scotland and Georgia at the Rugby World Cup and is also already being manufactured under licence in the US and New Zealand.
November 24, 2011 — 1
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Rugby ExpoRhino Rugby is an Official Supplier at the Rugby Expo to be held at Twickenham. The latter day is club open day so please come and visit us at Stand B1. In addition to our mainstream equipment business, staff from Rhino Teamwear and from our fashion brand RhinoGB will be exhibiting alongside us, and Rhino-Turf, our artificial playing surface brand, will be providing the interactive zone feature on day two. We look forward very much to seeing you there. Visit Rhino Rugby at Rugby Expo Stand B1 23-24 NOVEMBER TWICKENHAM
November 18, 2011 — 1
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Rhino Rugby has been shortlisted for two separate awards at Rugby Expo’s Rugby Awards Dinner next week. The company’s long track record of low profile but effective CSR activity through support of charities and programmes such as SCRUMSMART, the not for profit campaign to promote safe and effective fully contested scrummaging in rugby union (which spawned the IRB/RFU sponsored measurement of forces in scrummaging project at Bath University, amongst other things), coupled with our higher profile sponsorship of the British & Irish Lions, England and Wales and a number of professional clubs in both codes, has been recognised by nomination for the Sponsor of the Year Award. Richie Gray’s Rhino Collision King, described by forward coaching guru Jim Telfer as ‘one of the biggest breakthroughs in rugby training equipment in recent years’ has additionally been nominated for the Technical Innovation Award. The above nominations follow on from CEO Reg Clark’s winning the Rugby Business Person of the Year award at the 2008 Expo and election amongst the 20 Most Influential persons in world rugby at the 2010 Expo. We are extremely proud of both nominations this year and will keep our fingers crossed for further success! See Rhino Rugby at the Rugby Expo 2011 November 23 - 24 Visit us on stand B1 UPDATE: Rhino Rugby and Richie Grey won the Technical Innovation award for The Collision King
November 17, 2011 — 1
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RaboDirect Pro12 Rhino Ball In Action

RaboDirect Pro12 - Rhino Vortex Elite Rugby Ball

Reg Clark and Karl Hogan with the newly minted RaboDirect PRO12 trophy at the Aviva Stadium

Reg Clark and Karl Hogan with the newly minted RaboDirect PRO12 trophy at the Aviva Stadium

The recent Leinster vs Munster game in the RaboDirect PRO12 - billed as 'Fever at the Aviva 2' and attended by close to 50,000 fans - developed into a goal kicking contest between Ireland's leading fly halves - Johnny Sexton for Leinster and Ronan O'Gara for Munster, who between them achieved a remarkable strike rate of 13 out of 14 successful kicks at goal from a wide variety of angles and distances. This was extremely gratifying to Rhino CEO Reg Clark and Irish Sales Agent Karl Hogan, attending the event as guests of Celtic Rugby, in the Rhino Vortex Elite's first season as Official Ball of the competition. The reception of players and coaches to the new ball has been overwhelming positive - far be it for us to compare that with ball controversies in other recent high profile rugby tournaments!


The momentum behind the groundbreaking Rhino Collision King machine continues with the signing today of a distribution agreement with Leslie Rugby of New Zealand.  Rhino CEO Reg Clark and Leslie MD John Leslie today signed the distribution agreement for the product to be made in Auckland, which territorially includes Japan and the Pacific Islands in addition to New Zealand.

RCK inventor Richie Gray has recently completed an exhausting 10 day tour of the country demonstrating the machine to all Super 15 franchises and NPC teams and many other coaches and opinion formers during the Rugby World Cup, taking time out to supervise arrangements for the manufacture of the product under license. Included in Richie’s itinerary were demonstrations of the machine at two of Murray Mexted’s International Rugby Academy of New Zealand’s high performance coaching clinics,  at Eden RFC and North Shore RFC in Auckland.

Leslie Rugby was originally founded by legendary All Black full back Bob Scott in the 1950’s, and John Leslie succeeds his father, equally famous  All Black No 8 and captain Andy, who took over in the 1970’s,  in running the company.  After playing 120 games for Otago provincial side  and the Highlanders in the Super 12, John became one of the ‘Kilted Kiwis’ on his debut in the centre for Scotland against South Africa in 1998 alongside his brother Martin on the flank.  He has also played for Fukuoka Sanix Bombs in Japan, and Northampton Saints and the Newcastle Falcons in England.

Rhino would like to take this opportunity to salute the magnificent World Cup performance of Wales, desperately unlucky in their defeat by France in the semi final. Wales were the first side to take delivery of the Rhino Collision King, ordering 6 immediately on demonstration back in May. We hope and believe the machines which they brought with them to New Zealand have contributed to their highly effective performance at the breakdown throughout the tournament and wish them well in the forthcoming 3rd/4th place play off on Friday.

[caption id="attachment_354" align="alignright" width="300" caption="John Leslie and Reg Clark shake hands on the deal outside the Northern Club in Auckland."]John Leslie and Reg Clark[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_353" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Richie Gray checks out the first Rhino Collision King off the production line in New Zealand."]Richie Gray inspects the collision king[/caption]
Collision King New Zealand
Richie Gray and the Rhino Rugby Collision King

Richie Gray demonstrates the Collison King to delegates at the IRANZ high performance coaching clinic at North Shore

October 19, 2011 — 1
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Rhino Rugby Asia

Rhino Rugby today signed a breakthrough distribution agreement with Singapore based Centaurs Group to cover the Asian markets.

Rhino Rugby Asia will be administered by Centaurs and will promote the brands market leading contact and training equipment together with balls, teamwear and other Rhino products across the region from India to mainland China, including such rugby hot spots as Hong Kong and Singapore.

[caption id="attachment_346" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Reg Clark and Tim Lambert conclude Rhino Asia agreement at Centaurs office in Turf City Singapore"]Rhino Rugby Asia - Reg Clark, Tim Lambert[/caption]

The tie up was announced at a press conference held at the Swiss Club in Singapore on October 7th , which also featured the first demonstration in Asia of the Collision King, Rhino’s groundbreaking new product.

‘Geographical expansion into rapidly growing rugby markets such as Asia and the United States is an important part of our strategy at a time when domestic markets remain sluggish’ commented Rhino Group CEO, Reg Clark.

Centaurs Group MD Tim Lambert expressed his delight at the new development –‘this is a very significant development for Centaurs, and we are very confident we can consolidate and strengthen Rhino’s market leading reputation as a rugby brand in the Asian region’.

October 07, 2011 — 1
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Rhino-Turf made its public debut recently at IOG SALTEX the UK's leading open space management industry trade fair, organised by the Institute of Groundsmanship and held at Royal Windsor Racecourse from September 6th - 8th. Easigrass Sports, our licensee and Rhino-Turf project partner assembled a group of sports system companies to jointly exhibit their collective artificial turf capability - including re-bounce, the preferred supplier of 'shock pad' underlay for our range of surfaces for all sports. Rhino-Turf's first major project is well into construction - two full size hockey and football joint use pitches in Battersea Park for the London Borough of Wandsworth, utilising our HF30 product, as displayed at IOG SALTEX.
Artificial turf from Rhino Rugby
Easigrass and Rhino Turf Articial Turf for all sports
September 08, 2011 — 1
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Rhino was proud to be one of the lead sponsors of the inaugural Piotrowice Nyskie International Rugby Festival in Silesia, Poland held over the first weekend in September. The Rhino Trophy for the Women’s Sevens part of the tournament was won by a strong Romanian team who defeated Poland’s strongest club side Lechia Gdansk 26-5 in the final of a very keenly contested event. The Mens Sevens Tournament was sponsored by Rule Financial and was won by Austria who defeated the Czech Republic 28-21 in a strong field which featured a late entry from a side from Loughborough University. The Mens social XV’s tournament was won by the Kew Occasionals, including Rhino’s Jamie Doubleday, who defeated Vienna Celtics 35-3 and the Warsaw Frogs 27-14 to win the Jones Lang LaSalle Trophy. Over 300 people attended the presentation party, from 23 different nationalities in what was a truly international event. Tribute must be paid to hosts Jim and Anna Parton, whose dream the Festival was for pulling off a remarkable inaugural event. Their Silesian schloss, a former Summer Palace for the Prince Bishops of Breslau, the barns and fields of which accommodated the participants Glastonbury-style, was a memorable venue and this looks likely to become not only an annual event but quite possibly a cult one.
Romania defeat Lechia Gdansk to win the Women's SevensThe Romanian and Lechia Gdansk teams after the final with host Jim Parton.
The Romanian girls celebrate winning the Rhino  Rugby TrophyCelebrations after receiving the Rhino Trophy.
The entrance to Schloss PartonSchloss Parton.

September 07, 2011 — 1


Tournament organiser Paul Bickerdike at the prize-giving ceremonyTournament organiser Paul Bickerdike at the prize-giving ceremony

Rhino was delighted to sponsor a recent groundbreaking Tag Rugby tournament staged at the Sri Jayendra School in Tamil Nadu, India.

Paul Bickerdike of Mill Hill School in North London has taken a lead in forging strong links between the Indian school and the UK in the form of a series of scholarships and teacher and pupil exchanges.

The tournament, for which Rhino supplied the equipment via its Indian partner Sports Syndicate of Jalandhar in the Punjab, was just the latest of these initiatives and generated enormous enthusiasm and interest.

Sri Jayendra School - Tag Rugby Tournament
Tag Rugby tournament staged at the Sri Jayendra School in Tamil Nadu, India
Sri Jayendra School - Tag Rugby Tournament
Tag Rugby tournament staged at the Sri Jayendra School in Tamil Nadu, India
August 19, 2011 — 1
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