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8 things to tick off your rugby club's pre-season checklist

With September just around the corner, the serious business of the new rugby season is upon us, but is your club match-ready? Here are eight things to tick off your checklist.


A ‘magic’ sponge isn’t enough
After countless raids by players in search of tape, sprays and scissors, the club medical kit is often looking far from fit for purpose. Give it the once over now so that you don’t find yourself short of supplies when it matters. Rhino offers complete kits or individual items from hot and cold packs to bandages and tapes. Check out what’s on offer here 

Rhino medical kits 
Rhino offers full medical kits or individual supplies.


Pole position
Replace those snapped corner flags with flexi corner poles and smarten up the tattered flags with some robust moon flags. Or at least make sure there’s 14 of them to mark out the pitch so you don’t find yourself deciding which line is least in need of marking before kick-off. See our range here 

Rhino corner flags and poles 
England Rugby use Rhino corner flags and poles.


Get a grip
Rhino’s matchday balls saw seven of last year’s Guinness Pro12 kickers achieve 80% success rates and in Rugby Europe the conversions have been going over just as easily. To ensure you have training and matchday balls with world-class grip for handling and perfect shape for kicking, bring Rhino to your game. For ball bundles, click here 

Rhino Rugby Ball Bundles 
Rhino supplied the 2017 British & Irish Lions with their training balls.


Cut a dash
Nothing gives a team a boost more ahead of a new campaign than a new set of shirts and Rhino makes bespoke kits for universities and clubs across the country. The likes of Northampton Saints, Barbarians, London Welsh, Edinburgh and Scarlets have all worn Rhino teamwear, not to mention both Oxford and Cambridge universities. Through our My Club service we not only make your kit and leisurewear but also give you a platform to sell it through, making you cash as you smarten up your side. To find out about My Club, click here

Rhino teamwear 
London Welsh turn out in Rhino teamwear.


On the front foot
After weeks of fitness and skills, the serious training work begins and that means practising the setpiece. Only problem is, the machine that your club carpenter built 30 years ago is looking less than up to the job. The British & Irish Lions, England and Wales all use Rhino scrum machines, so they’re tried and tested by the best. If you want to give your forwards the latest in scrum-tech, try the Rhino Scrum 360 – view here. Or view our full range of machines here 

British & Irish Lions and Rhino 
The British & Irish Lions pack down with Rhino.

Hit your post goals
When your kicker hits the post do you groan at missed opportunity or worry for crowd safety as it looks likely to collapse at any time? If it’s the latter, get yourself a new set with Rhino from just £852. You can view our post collection here
And to help pay for them, get a sponsor aboard with some customised post pads – as used by England, Wales and the Lions. Find out more here 

 Rhino rugby posts
England's Rhino customised post pads.


Lost your bottle(s)? Get some more
Yes, we mentioned it in our guide to pre-season (view here), but hydration is key and scrabbling around for bottles that aren’t cracked, missing their lids or just missing completely, isn’t ideal match preparation. Treat yourself to a new set here 

Rhino water bottles 
Ensure your players never go thirsty with Rhino water bottles.


Spoil your coach
While the players get to buy themselves new boots, mouthguards, shirts, baselayers, head gear and armour, what do coaches get? Hard to justify boots, they can’t wear a team shirt on the sideline, and head gear would be ridiculous, so treat your coach to a new piece of essential kit – a shiny, new, whistle. Get yours here 

 Rhino whistle
Every coach's best friend – the whistle. Get a shiny new one with Rhino.

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