My coaching life – Steve Boden

My coaching life – Steve Boden

Former hooker Steve Boden, now head coach of Doncaster Knights, talks about his love of the front row, his dream pack, his greatest scrum and why the scrum doesn’t get enough credit. He talks to Jon Newcombe for Rhino.Direct...
October 07, 2021
Vote for your Rugby Ball for Tŷ Hafan

Vote for your Rugby Ball for Tŷ Hafan

After hours of debate, our judging panel of Adam Jones, Meg Jones, Zoe Aldcroft, Ben John, Rhys Webb and Richard Hibbard has chosen four finalists – vote for your favourite now and the winner will see their creation turned into a real-life Rhino rugby ball, available for sale with all proceeds going to Tŷ Hafan...
June 02, 2021
Rhino launch A Rugby Ball for Tŷ Hafan

Rhino launch A Rugby Ball for Tŷ Hafan

A nationwide competition has been launched to design a rugby ball, which will go into production, in aid of children’s hospice Tŷ Hafan.

February 04, 2021
A Rugby Ball for Tŷ Hafan

A Rugby Ball for Tŷ Hafan

Put crayon, pen or pencil to paper and your winning design could end up as a real-life rugby ball!

February 04, 2021
Richmond win Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award 2020

Richmond win Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award 2020

Richmond Rugby has won the prestigious Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award for its work in the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

December 08, 2020
Austrian rugby refugee project completes Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award shortlist

Austrian rugby refugee project completes Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award shortlist

A unique initiative in Austria that saw rugby clubs engage with refugee detention centres to bring about social change has become the fourth finalist in the 2020 Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award.

December 03, 2020
Witney Wolves join Rhino Grassroots Rugby Awards shortlist

Witney Wolves join Rhino Grassroots Rugby Awards shortlist

Witney Wolves special educational needs tag rugby team, part of Witney RFC, have joined the shortlist for the 2020 Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) or mixed-ability rugby is still at an early stage in terms of its development and the Witney Wolves tag rugby team can justifiably claim to be a pioneer of this area of the game. 

Founded 12 years ago by a group that included the parent of a child with Down's syndrome, the section is now run by Kate Nicholls and a dedicated group of volunteers, and they cater for players both male and female, aged nine to 26 and across a wide range of ability. They now have upwards of 25 regular players.

Kate says of her role with the side:  “I honestly think that the Wolves have given as much to Witney RFC as the club have given to them. Everyone benefits from this kind of outreach to the SEN community. It shows the game of rugby at its best – it’s life-enhancing for everyone involved."

Reg Clark, CEO, Rhino, says: "Rugby should be accessible to everyone and the Witney Wolves demonstrate how this can be made possible. What they've achieved already is incredible and hopefully other clubs will take inspiration from their work and set up their own sides to create further opportunities for fixtures across the UK and beyond."

Witney Wolves, Richmond FC and The Czech Strong Girls are part of a four-strong shortlist with the next finalist set to be announced on 3rd December, 2020. 

Past Winners: 

2015                TAG RUGBY TRUST (UK)
2016                KAMPUCHEA BALOPP (Cambodia)
2017                SKRUM (Eswatini/Swaziland)
2018                SHIBUYA INTERNATIONAL RUGBY CLUB (Japan)
2019                KHELO RUGBY (India) 

November 26, 2020
Richmond FC shortlisted for Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award

Richmond FC shortlisted for Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award

Championship rugby club Richmond FC have joined The Czech Strong Girls project as finalists for the Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award for their community work during lockdown which included the delivery of 380 free meals for children across their local borough.

Headed up by Dom Palacio, the Richmond Community Department, the club ran campaigns in both spring and summer to deliver free meals every day during the lockdown and holiday months to local school children in addition to a wide range of other support offered to their local community. At the time, Dom said: “We firmly believe all children deserve access to free school meals throughout the holidays and we are extremely proud to be in a position to support those that need it most. This is not about politics or picking sides, it’s about doing the right thing at a challenging time and supporting those in our community who find themselves in the most vulnerable of situations.”

Receiving the nomination on behalf of Richmond FC, Dom said: “We are extremely proud to be nominated for the Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award. This nomination is fantastic recognition for our club and our army of volunteers who have been at the forefront of delivering our many community initiatives, including our free school meals programme and our food and collection points. Our thanks must also go to our club partner Community Group, our sponsors and suppliers, as well as our partner schools who have been hugely supportive throughout the year.”


Members of Richmond FC preparing meals for local children

Reg Clark, CEO of Rhino, said: “At a time when their local community really needed support, it was fantastic to see Richmond FC step up to the mark and give back to their community. They in many ways represent similar efforts many rugby clubs have given throughout the country. No club could have done more than Richmond has, however, and they are thoroughly deserving of this nomination.”

Richmond FC and The Czech Strong Girls are part of a four-strong shortlist with the next finalist set to be announced on 26th November, 2020. 

Past Winners: 

2015                TAG RUGBY TRUST (UK)
2016                KAMPUCHEA BALOPP (Cambodia)
2017                SKRUM (Eswatini/Swaziland)
2018                SHIBUYA INTERNATIONAL RUGBY CLUB (Japan)
2019                KHELO RUGBY (India) 

November 19, 2020
Rhino announce first Grassroots Rugby Awards Finalist

Rhino announce first Grassroots Rugby Awards Finalist

The Czech Strong Girls has been announced as the first nominee for the 2020 Rhino Grassroots Rugby Awards.

Rhino’s Grassroots Rugby Award is back for its sixth year, and the first organisation to be revealed as a contender for taking the crown – won by Khelo Rugby of India in 2019 – is The Czech Strong Girls project, based in Velké Popovice, 20km outside of Prague.

Launched at his home-town club in 2019 with the aim of introducing girls to rugby, organiser Josef Bláha, has gone from 11 members to more than 70 in less than 18 months. The scheme, aimed at girls aged from three years of age upwards, has worked so well, he’s now aiming to roll the project out across the country, starting with a second girls-only club in a neighbouring town

Announcing the nomination, Rhino CEO Reg Clark, said: “Josef’s project has really caught the imagination in the Czech Republic, and it’s clearly that the start of something very special.

“Although still in its comparative infancy what Czech Strong Girls has already achieved is nothing short of remarkable and it is a very worth contender for the Rhino Grassroots Rugby Award.”

Josef commented:  “After just one year to have been nominated for this is amazing, it was just an idea but it seems to be working and we’re now looking to expand this – to go to new towns and find more competition for the girls to play against in this part of Europe.
“My aim is to have more than 20 girls in every age group because Czech girls need activities – they’re encouraged to take up dancing and athletics, but very little else, and I want to ensure they have access to rugby too.”

The Czech Strong Girls are part of a four-strong shortlist with the next finalist set to be announced on 20thNovember, 2020. 

 

Past Winners: 

2015                TAG RUGBY TRUST (UK)
2016                KAMPUCHEA BALOPP (Cambodia)
2017                SKRUM (Eswatini/Swaziland)
2018                SHIBUYA INTERNATIONAL RUGBY CLUB (Japan)
2019                KHELO RUGBY (India) 

 

November 12, 2020
LIONS AGREE RHINO PARTNERSHIP FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TOUR

LIONS AGREE RHINO PARTNERSHIP FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TOUR

The British and Irish Lions has today announced Rhino as an Official Supplier of the Tour to South Africa in 2021, the agreement sees the world’s leading supplier of technical rugby training equipment support the Lions for a fourth consecutive Tour.

 

Under the agreement, Rhino will provide a full range of technical training equipment, including scrum machines and contact and skill products, in addition to the pitch kits for both the Lions and Springbok training and for the Test Series.

New to the inventory will be a body protection suit, which has been developed by Rhino alongside leading coaches in New Zealand. The light, fully protective training top uses the latest material technology to allow full body movement and fast transitioning during training and has already been acclaimed by leading international sides.

As part of the partnership, all of the training equipment used by the Lions in the UK, Ireland and on Tour in South Africa will be donated to local schools and rugby clubs.

“Rhino is the leading brand in its field, renowned for the quality of its equipment, as well as developing innovative new products,” said Ben Calveley, British and Irish Lions Managing Director.

“We are excited to continue a successful partnership that will not only enhance the quality of training, but will also benefit the grassroots of the game too.”  

Rhino first partnered with the Lions in 2009 when head coach, Ian McGeechan, led a tour party to South Africa to take on a Springbok side who had been crowned world champions two years earlier. Still smarting from their defeat in 1997, the ‘Boks exacted their revenge with a 2-1 Test series victory.

“We are absolutely delighted to be supporting the Lions for a fourth consecutive Tour,” said Reg Clark, chief executive of Rhino.

 “A Lions tour is the pinnacle of the game, so to be partnering with them once again underlines our world-leading credentials in this product area.

“The Lions will be using the very best equipment, developed by working closely with the world’s best coaches to meet the latest developments on the playing and training field.” 

 

September 04, 2020
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

 

March 12, 2020
Rhino signs five-year match ball deal with Asia Rugby

Rhino signs five-year match ball deal with Asia Rugby


The Rhino Vortex Elite will be the official match ball for the Asia Rugby Championship, Asia Rugby 7s Series and all official Asia Rugby tournaments for the next five years.

Rhino was first appointed by Asia Rugby two years ago and this new deal will see the world’s No.1 rugby training equipment supplier continue its partnership with the governing body until 2024.

There are 31 member unions of Asia Rugby including Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan. Combined with Rhino’s current deal with Rugby Europe it means that 78 rugby-playing countries now play matches with the Rhino Vortex Elite. Rhino also provides the official match ball of the Major Rugby League in the USA, Global Rapid Rugby across Australasia and Asia and a number of domestic leagues across the UK and Ireland, where it recently signed an official supplier deal with Leinster Rugby.

'The Rhino Vortex ball is our choice for more than 30 international matches and competitions we host every year' QAIS ABDULLA AL DHALAI, PRESIDENT, ASIA RUGBY

 “Asia Rugby is delighted to sign a five-year deal with Rhino Rugby, home of superior kit quality,” said Qais Abdulla Al Dhalai, President, Asia Rugby. “The Rhino Vortex ball is our choice for more than 30 international matches and competitions we host every year, including our iconic Asia Rugby Championship & Asia Rugby 7s Series.

“We are confident Rhino Rugby is capable of assisting us delivering to our promise to grow the game together with 'Equality, Transparency and Accountability'.”

Rhino Vortex Elite Rugby Europe

South Korea qualify for the sevens at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by beating Asia Rugby rivals Hong Kong 12-7

Reg Clark, CEO of Rhino, added: “Asia Rugby have been using the Rhino Vortex Elite for two years for all international competition so this is confirmation of its position as one of the world’s best match balls. Combined with our recent deal with Major League Rugby in the USA and ongoing relationship with Rugby Europe, our position in the rugby match ball market continues to thrive and strengthen.

“We’re proud of being the longest-serving partner of both England Rugby and the Welsh Rugby Union for our world-class training and contact equipment, and now our rugby match balls are very much on the same level.”

The Rhino Vortex Elite is part of an extensive range of match and training balls, and was also the Official Ball of the 2017 British and Irish Lions.

View Rhino's collection of match and training balls here.

 

January 23, 2020