Posted on July 06 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
You can purchase the exact same ball the Lions train with or a replica via rhino.direct. 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.