Teheran RFC members with their Rhino equipment.
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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.
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Reg Clark and Karl Hogan with the newly minted RaboDirect PRO12 trophy at the Aviva Stadium
|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.
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Richie Gray demonstrates the Collison King to delegates at the IRANZ high performance coaching clinic at North Shore
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"][/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’.
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.