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.”
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.
|Anthony Locke with the Womens RWC, Junior RWC and Triple Crown trophies|
Ian Madigan receives the Rhino Golden Boot Award from Group CEO Reg Clark, Dublin 2013.
|Rhino’s range of advertising and fan engagement products on display on Rosslyn Park’s Rhino-Turf Mini Park.|
Rhino’s posts and pads beer pump configuration.
Giles Hilton of Shepherd Neame with a new outdoor post and pads based advertising feature.
|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.|
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."