British Business Awards ceremony
Rhino Japan won the New Market Entrant Award on Friday at the prestigious British Business Awards ceremony held at the Hilton Tokyo Hotel. Rhino Japan Chairman David Syrad and Managing Director Saburo Takahashi received the Award from British Ambassador Tim Hitchens. This follows on from Rhino’s Supplier deal with the Japan RFU and our provision of training equipment to Eddie Jones and his national squad to assist their preparations for the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015. Saburo Takahashi comments: “This award is a tremendous boost to our fledgling business in Japan and makes us even more confident that we can establish our brand and products in the Japanese markets well ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup here”.

Rhino Japan MD Saburo Takahashi and Chairman David Syrad
receive the Award from British Ambassador Tim Hitchens.

November 17, 2014 — 1
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For the second successive year Rhino staged a Global Seminar to bring together staff, sales agents and licensees from all over the world. This time the splendid venue was the newly refurbished Presidential Suite at Twickenham Stadium. As well as our licensees in the teamwear, leisurewear/apparel, artificial turf and male grooming products sectors we were joined by Rhino representatives from the US, Ireland, France, Asia, South Africa and Eastern Europe in addition to our rugby league team. As for last year’s event, it was judged by attendees to be an inspiring and thought provoking day and one which fully demonstrated the massive strides currently being made by the wider Rhino group across a range of geographies and product areas.


November 14, 2014 — 1


JRFUlogoRhino is delighted to announce that it has become a Supplier of contact and training equipment to the Japan RFU. We recently delivered a full set of training equipment to the Japanese national squad training camp ahead of their games with the All Black Maoris in Kobe this Saturday and Tokyo the following week. Japan National Coach Eddie Jones, who has previously guided Australia to the 2003 World Cup Final and was assistant to Jake White when the Springboks triumphed in 2007, has already had a great impact on the fortunes of the Brave Blossoms who have had a good run of recent wins against Canada, the USA and Italy in addition to qualifying for RWC2015 by winning the Asian Championship. Eddie comments: “The Japanese national squad is delighted to be using Rhino’s market leading contact and training equipment. The quality of the kit is well known and it will greatly assist our Rugby World Cup preparations”.
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October 31, 2014 — 1


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.”
October 29, 2014 — 1


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Ryan Hall

Rhino is delighted to have been a Partner and Official Supplier of the European Super League for the last two years and once again our Vortex Elite ball was used at Saturday’s Grand Final at Old Trafford where St Helens defeated Wigan 14-6 in a typically bruising and hard fought game. All at Rhino would like to congratulate St Helens on their long awaited success - we have been Official Supplier of training equipment to the Saints since 2008 and are extremely proud of their achievements this season in particular after a string of near misses in big games in recent years. Saturday also saw the completion of a remarkable double for Rhino’s Rugby League Ambassadors James Roby of St Helens and Ryan Hall of Leeds Rhinos.
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James Roby

The success of James Roby in winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match in the First Utility Super League Grand Final followed on from that of Ryan Hall in winning the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the man in the Tetley’s Bitter Rugby Football League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in August. Hats off to Tony Colquitt, Managing Director of Rhino Rugby League, for his inspired selections – we couldn’t wish for two more successful or high profile Ambassadors in the league code.
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October 13, 2014 — 1
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Artificial turf is one of the biggest growing sectors in the Rhino product portfolio. This season sees the top of the range Rhino-Turf VT60 surface featuring not only on a full size pitch at London Irish's new state of the art training ground in Sunbury, but also on the main playing pitch of National League 1 Ealing Trailfinders. See below for our latest advertising materials in this area, and in particular the resounding testimonial from the London Irish Executive Chairman.
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September 30, 2014 — 1
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Rhino was delighted to support yesterday’s game between Oxford University Greyhounds and Edinburgh University at the Iffley Road ground in Oxford. The match, a thrilling 24 all draw, was instigated by EURFC President Andrew Widdowson, who played for the club as an undergraduate in the late 1970’s, including traditional annual matches home and away against Oxford. He then went on to undertake an education diploma at St Catherine’s College, Oxford but suffered a catastrophic neck injury in an early season college game before he could begin his quest for a Blue. Andrew eventually returned from Stoke Mandeville to complete his studies and embark on a teaching career at Felsted School, from which he recently retired back to Edinburgh. His ambition to reinstate rugby matches between his two universities was shared by a number of friends, including Rhino CEO Reg Clark who played against him for Oxford on a number of occasions, and a group of those friends subscribed together to present a trophy in Andrew’s honour for annual competition. Edinburgh, who are en route to play St Andrews at the Richmond Athletic Ground in their Annual Varsity Match, which now takes place every other year in London, will take heart from a very impressive first half performance which saw them take a 19-7 lead over the Oxford second string side, who included a number of players coming off the University’s recent successful tour to Russia.

OURFC and EURFC captains Jacob Taylor and Cameron Muir with Andrew Widdowson and the new trophy.

Reg Clark with the trophy at the Iffley Road ground.

September 25, 2014 — 1
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Anthony Locke with the Womens RWC, Junior RWC and Triple Crown trophies
Rhino were represented by Group CEO Reg Clark and MD Anthony Locke at the 2014 England Rugby Partners Day at the County Hall Marriott Hotel in central London today. Together with other England Rugby sponsors and suppliers they listened to presentations from CEO Ian Richie, Head Coach Stuart Lancaster and the commericial, marketing and development teams at Twickenham. All thoughts were not only on the forthcoming QBE Internationals and 6 Nations, but of course next year's Rugby World Cup, for which Rhino is an Official Licensee.
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September 24, 2014 — 1
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Ian Madigan receives the Rhino Golden Boot Award from Group CEO Reg Clark, Dublin 2013.

With only 3 rounds of the Guinness PRO12 competition played, some familiar faces are already at the top of the Rhino Golden Boot Award league table. Ian Madigan of Leinster, who took the Award in 2012-13, leads with 11 successful kicks out of 12 for a 90.91% success rate, and is followed by the 2013-14 PRO12 Player of the Season Dan Biggar of Ospreys with 15 out of 17 for 88.24% and Duncan Weir of Glasgow Warriors with 8 out of 10 for 80%. Once again the Rhino Vortex Elite ball is producing successful kicking rates well at the top of global averages.
September 23, 2014 — 1


Rhino took the opportunity today to host an Open Day at Rosslyn Park for our promotional products for corporate and fan engagement. With the Rugby World Cup countdown having started many corporates, facility managers and agencies are looking for activation ideas for events and Rhino has developed a range of products to address this need. In addition to our standard post pad and advertising wedge offering we now provide feather flags and an inventive range of promotional foam and PVC products. In addition we have developed a scrum competition machine and pass accuracy measuring device especially for ‘fan zone’ engagement. These products were all on display at Rosslyn Park’s Rhino-Turf Mini-Park installed last year. In addition we were pleased to demonstrate in the Rosslyn Park bar a mini-rugby post configuration for beer pumps we have developed together with Shepherd Neame.
Rhino’s range of advertising and fan engagement products on display on Rosslyn Park’s Rhino-Turf Mini Park.

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Rhino’s posts and pads beer pump configuration.

Giles Hilton of Shepherd Neame with a new outdoor post and pads based advertising feature.

September 10, 2014 — 1


PNIRF-2014Post-v2Rhino was delighted once more to support the Piotrowice Nyskie International Rugby Festival held last weekend. Hosted by expatriate Englishman Jim Parton and his Polish wife Anna on their fourteenth century estate in Silesia on the Polish-Czech border, the event which was shortlisted in 2012 for the Rugby Event of the Year category at the Rugby Expo Awards, continues to go from strength to strength. The Rhino Trophy for the Womens Sevens section of the tournament was won by powerful club side Lechia Gdansk, who edged out the Polish national side in sudden death extra time after the sides were tied at 17 all at full time. Lechia previously lost in the final to Romania and the Czech Republic in the first two tournaments so finally triumphed over national opposition at the third attempt. Our Polish sales agents moreover were also a tournament sponsor and MD Tom Plenkowski presented the the RugbyPolska.pl Trophy to the winning captain of the Ukrainian Barbarians team who won the Mens 15s tournament.

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Tom Plenkowski presents the Mens 15s Trophy to Ukrainian Barbarians captain Jurij Buchalo Reg Clark presents the Womens Sevens Trophy to the winning Lechia Gdansk team.

August 20, 2014 — 1


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Rhino Rugby has today been announced as the first Partner of the Parliamentary World Cup which will be held in September 2015 in the week immediately before Rugby World Cup in England. Rhino will supply the match balls and pitch kits for the tournament, which will be staged at the Richmond Athletic Ground and in Rugby, and is expected to participate widely in the various events surrounding the tournament in addition to the games themselves.

This is the sixth Parliamentary World Cup, the first having been staged in South Africa in 1995 as a vehicle to foster international relationships through sport. The UK Parliamentary team, the Commons and Lords RUFC are hosts and will be welcoming reigning champions New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, France, Argentina, Japan and South Africa. Scotland and Wales will be represented separately by the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly teams.

Reg Clark, Rhino Group CEO comments: "Having played for the Lords & Commons RUFC for many years I am particularly pleased that Rhino will be heavily involved in helping that club host the Parliamentary World Cup 2015 - especially as we have already been appointed an Official Licensee to the main RWC tournament. I look forward to working with many old teammates and friends to make this a very successful week of events".

Lords & Commons Club Captain, Lord Addington, said "on behalf of Parliamentary Rugby World Cup 2015, I am delighted that Rhino Rugby has become the first tournament partner. The tournament is not supported through public funding and we are grateful to Rhino for supplying us with the quality equipment that means we can take to the pitch and emulate the genuine international players the week after our tournament."

July 24, 2014 — 1