Rhino Japan MD Saburo Takahashi and Chairman David Syrad
receive the Award from British Ambassador Tim Hitchens.
Rhino has recently signed a new four year deal to continue as Official Supplier of contact and training equipment to the Welsh Rugby Union. Rhino has occupied this role since 2005 and this deal, which encompasses support for the game in Wales from international level through to grass roots, runs through until 2018. Already this season WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey has announced an initiative which saw 43 schools in Wales appoint full-time school-club hub officers and those schools have directly benefitted from equipment supplied by Rhino. Rhino equipment has also been on offer at significantly reduced rates to each of the WRU’s member clubs via the governing body’s Participation Points scheme – thousands of items have already been ordered by clubs from pitch equipment to tackle bags and training gear, including 272 chrome whistles, 773 corner poles and 689 ‘hit shields’. At international level Rhino Rugby and the Wales national coaches are in close consultation about the equipment needs of the international players, with standard items like scrum machines, jackal and tackle bags on the agenda alongside new product development.
“We are working closely with the Wales national squad to make sure we meet all their training requirements with the kit we provide” , said Rhino Managing Director Anthony Locke. “Training techniques are constantly changing along with the way the game is played and we remain an innovative dynamic company at the cutting edge of design in terms of the equipment we are able to supply to national teams. But we also produce a staple diet of equipment which can enhance training and the matchdays at all levels of the game and we are extremely pleased to be able to announce a continued relationship with Welsh rugby will ensure that every need is catered for from grass roots to international level.” Comments WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis: “Rhino Rugby are a specialist supplier and, put simply, nobody else can do what they do as well as they can do it. The most important thing about Welsh Rugby’s relationship with Rhino is that the national coaches and the players are happy with the equipment they supply, If we have the right supplier at a national level when we filter down the equipment and expertise to our age group sides and directly to grass roots rugby we know we are reaching the right standards to enable our teams and rugby clubs to flourish in their training environments.”
Rhino-Turf MD Jonathan Gallagher with Reggie the Rhino
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|Anthony Locke with the Womens RWC, Junior RWC and Triple Crown trophies|
Rhino Rugby Apparel believes the work undertaken by Save the Rhino is crucial for keeping the rhino population around the world from becoming extinct. For this reason, Rhino Apparel has decided to give out a special discount code for all those wishing to support to Save the Rhino. Whenever buying non-discounted Rhino clothing, customers can enter the discount code SAVETHERHINO15 and Rhino will give 10% of the amount (exc tax and shipping) to the charity. The customer also saves 15% on their clothing products for using the code.It’s a scheme Rhino Apparel hopes will raise plenty of funds to help protect these wonderful creatures. There is also set to be a special edition range of Save the Rhino T-shirt to be launched in due course. Rhino Apparel is very excited to be working alongside such an established charity and hopes all their customers will back this partnership and help Save the Rhino in their amazing work around the globe. Visit www.savetherhino.org for more details about Save the Rhino International (Registered Charity No. 1035072) and their work supporting 17 conservation programmes in Africa and Asia through a range of activities.
The Old Grass Depot Park Avenue London UB1 3AJ T: 0845 094 8880 F: 0845 094 8881The Rhino-Turf sales office continues to be based in Westminster City Hall in Victoria. Recent successes include full pitches at the new London Irish training ground in Sunbury and for the Ealing Trailfinders, and installations in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Wellington, New Zealand.
Reg Clark presents a Rhino Lions jumbo ball to Ambassador Tim Hitchins at the British Embassy in Tokyo today
David Bickle, Reg Clark and Saburo Takahashi at the BCCJ offices.
Carlin Isles runs in one of his six tries in the opening leg of the GB 7s at Allianz Park.
Rhino Group CEO Reg Clark with David Foti and David Romero of Rhino France at the Paris Rugby Show