Three more Varsity Match years for Rhino

Three more Varsity Match years for Rhino

Rhino will take their sponsorship of the historic Varsity Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University to six years, after signing a new three-year deal.

Rhino, the world's leading rugby training equipment specialist, have been supplying teamwear, apparel and match balls to both clubs for the men’s and women’s Varsity Match at Twickenham since 2017, and the new agreement will take them through to 2022.

“The Varsity Match is one of the most famous club matches in world rugby and is the perfect showcase for not only our elite teamwear but also our Vortex Elite match ball, which is now used by the national teams of 78 rugby-playing countries,” said Dave Reynish, managing director, Rhino. “We’re proud to play such an integral role in this globally renowned fixture with two such historic rugby clubs.”

'The Varsity Match is the perfect showcase for our Vortex Elite match ball, which is used by 78 rugby-playing countries.' - Dave Reynish, managing director, Rhino

Jeremy Macklin, Varsity Match Company Ltd, added: “All four sides have enjoyed playing in the Rhino kit and the off-field collection has delivered on all fronts from athleisure to kit bags and accessories.

“The Rhino Vortex Elite has also proved a major success with the kickers enjoying some excellent performances due to the consistency of its flight. We’re very pleased to continuing our relationship with Rhino for three more years.

This year’s Varsity Match is Thursday 10th December, and once again Rhino will add to the day with the announcement of the 2020 Rhino Prop Star winner.

View the official Varsity Match supporters' range here.

Rhino Varsity Match Sponsors
The 2019 men's and women's captains of Oxford and Cambridge


The 1,211 pieces of training equipment used by The British & Irish Lions in New Zealand

The 1,211 pieces of training equipment used by The British & Irish Lions in New Zealand

As the official training equipment and ball supplier to The British & Irish Lions NZ 2017 Tour, Rhino has kitted the squad out with a fair bit of gear. 1,211 bits to be precise.

From scrum machines to tackle bags to different types of hit shields, not to mention the Ruck Warrior, rugby balls and an awful lot of cones, The British & Irish Lions have always been well stocked with Rhino equipment.

To cover all bases, The Lions have three identical sets of equipment in three locations each consisting of 337 items, one in the UK, and then two in New Zealand (one on each island). Throw in 200 official training balls that move with them, and you've got your ultimate 1,211-piece inventory fit for The Lions. And don't forget let us know which piece of Rhino equipment is your favourite, by commenting below the post.

So if you're planning your own Lions tour, this is what you'll need to replicate the legends.


3 x Rhino PowaSleds

A steel-framed, classic scrum machine with vertical pads that enable to move independently to replicate the realistic hit. Want to practise like Furlong, George and Vunipola? More info here.

British & Irish Lions hit the Rhino Powa Scrum Sled

Tadgh Furlong, Rory Best, Joe Marler and Sam Warburton are among Lions packing down with Rhino. Pic: Inpho


3 x Rhino One-Man Scrum Machine Sled

For the forward that likes to train alone! Focus on technique and power of your props, either on their own or in pairs with a second row. Can add weights as required. Find out more here.

Rhino one man scrum sled

The Rhino One-Man Scrum Machine Sled. Pic: Inpho


69 x Tackle Suits

Nobody wants to see a Lion get injured in training, and the Rhino Tackle Suits (with leg protectors), help absorb the hits. Find out more here.

Rhino Tackle Suits 

The Lions' Rhino Senior Tackle Suits. Pic: Inpho


45 x World Cup Hit Shields

Another classic, the premium shield for contact work, the World Cup Hit Shield. A snip at £62 too. Find out more here.

45 x International Hit Shields

Slightly smaller sibling of the World Cup Hit Shield. £57.85. Find out more here.


Rhino World Cup Hit Shield

The Lions bundle into training with Rhino hit shields. Pic: Inpho


30 x Tackle Bags

The most popular tackle bag in Rhino's collection. Find out more here.

Rhino Round Tackle Bag

Rory Best tackles Rhino. Pic: Inpho


18 x Collision King Low Tackle Bags

Keeping the tackles low and helping at the breakdown, the Collision King is a flankers' favourite bit of training kit. Give your backrows a helping hand here.

Collision King bag low

Tadgh Furlong eyes up the Collision King Low Bag. Pic: Inpho


6 x Ruck Warriors

This is the ultimate bit of kit for mastering the breakdown, specifically the ruck, helping you to improve clearing out techniques and practise rucking at full speed. More here

Ruck Warrior

Jonathan Joseph begins to get the hang of this rucking business. Pic: Inpho


200 x Training Balls

The official training ball of The British & Irish Lions 2017 NZ Tour. Find yours here.

Official British & Irish Lions training ball

You can purchase the exact same ball the Lions train with or a replica via Pic: Inpho


6 x Lineout Nets

Thanks to hours of practise with these nets, Rory Best, Jamie George and Ken Owens have been finding their jumpers (give or take the odd one). Get yours here.

180 x Grid Marker Discs 

Classic 'cones' to you and me. Get yours here

300 x Cones

Actual cone-shaped cones. Get yours here

90 x Soft Cones

Softer versions of the cone-shaped cones. Get yours here

138 x Agility Poles

The secret training weapon that no doubt helped Liam Williams weave his way through the All Blacks in the first Test! Get practising now for the next tour here

12 x Post Protectors

Because posts need protection too. See ours here

6 x Climbing Bags

Whether you want your back three practising under the high ball or the forwards working on kick-offs and line outs, the climbing bags have been put to good use by The Lions. Find out more here 

60 x Moon Flags and Corner Pole Protectors

Ensuring The Lions know where the tryline is – seems to be working. More here.

Rhino Flags


Rugby Israel partners with Rhino

Rugby Israel partners with Rhino

Rhino Rugby has signed a four-year partnership deal with Rugby Israel to supply playing kit across all representative sides, training kit, equipment and matchday rugby balls for all home international games.
The fast-improving European nation join the likes of Guinness Pro12 Rugby, the British & Irish Lions, England Rugby, the Welsh Rugby Union, the RBS 6 Nations and, of course, Rugby Europe, as official partners of Rhino. “It is a remarkable milestone for us to have a partnership with a fantastic brand like Rhino Rugby,” explains Amir Tito, chief executive, Rugby Israel. “We believe that the combination of great motivation and colourful experience will lead us to conquer the highest peaks. It will be a great privilege to climb there with Rhino Rugby.”
Israel currently play in the Rugby Europe Conference 1 South – the fourth tier of European rugby – with their recent campaign including victories over Croatia, Cyprus and Andorra, before falling to Malta in April. They currently sit second in the table, a point behind Malta.
Rhino’s role will also include support of Rugby Israel’s initiative to get more children playing rugby schools. “We’re very pleased to be working with Rugby Israel,” explains Anthony Locke, managing director, Rhino Rugby. “We hope that our products will help the players and coaches achieve the success they’re aiming for and we’re very happy to help promote the playing of rugby more widely around the world.”
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