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#1 EastLondonMike

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:45 PM

Rhino become official ball supplier for SL..


The RFL and Super League (Europe) Ltdhave agreed a three-year contract withRhino that will see the contact and training equipment company become the official ball supplier for all Super League and Championship club matches until the end of the 2015 season.

Rhino, who supplied the post protectors for Super League and RFL matches in 2012, have been the official supplier of training equipment to St Helens in recent years, as well as supplying teamwear to a number of rugby league clubs.

RFL Commercial Director James Mercer said he was delighted to welcome Rhino to the sport’s expanding stable of commercial partners.

“I would like to congratulate Rhino on winning what was a very competitive commercial process to become the official ball supplier to Super League and the Championships,” said Mercer.

“Rhino are an established brand in rugby union and we look forward to working with them over the next three years as they look to replicate that success in Rugby League.”

Rhino Chief Executive Reg Clark commented: “This is an important breakthrough for Rhino and follows on from us being appointed official ball supplier to the British and Irish Lions for the second successive tour and to the RaboDirect PRO12 competition.

“We are very excited about this partnership which gives us immediate contact and coverage of Rugby League clubs at all levels of the game – from community upwards.”

On the strength of this close association, Rhino expects to gain valuable credibility in the sport and is planning to grow a significant share of the market in balls, team- and training-wear over the next three years.

Steeden will remain the offcial ball supplier to international games hosted by the RFL as well as the RL World Cup in 2013.

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#2 Hornetto

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:53 PM

"Rhino are an established brand in rugby union and we look forward to working with them over the next three years as they look to replicate that success in Rugby League.”
Rhino Chief Executive Reg Clark commented: “This is an important breakthrough for Rhino and follows on from us being appointed official ball supplier to the British and Irish Lions for the second successive tour and to the RaboDirect PRO12 competition."

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#3 Gav Wilson

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:20 PM

Bring back Gilbert's 8 panel beach ball I say...
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#4 EastLondonMike

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:22 PM

i always liked Steeden rugby balls.. better than any other rugby ball i've used. Hopefully Rhino will be as decent..

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:29 PM

Bring back the Mitre balls with no studs caked in ####. Would love to see the modern day players so called better handling skills

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:47 PM

Bring back the Mitre balls with no studs caked in ####. Would love to see the modern day players so called better handling skills


bring back the original rugby balls that had carrying handles I say
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:11 PM

what about them placky orange balls that we used as kids, they'd liven up the kick on the fifth tackle. especially if it were windy lol

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:01 PM

Probably will be the same ball with a different name as most rugby balls are now made in sweatshops in India.
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#9 Wellsy4HullFC

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:05 PM

Foam balls, I say. The players would risk less injury then. It's farcical that hard leather balls and shoulder charges are still in our game!
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:35 PM

Foam balls,

Didn't someone try that in the Grand Final?

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#11 manofthematch

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 11:06 PM

what about them placky orange balls that we used as kids, they'd liven up the kick on the fifth tackle. especially if it were windy lol

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#12 manofthematch

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 11:07 PM

Probably will be the same ball with a different name as most rugby balls are now made in sweatshops in India.

I must have missed that documentry :o

#13 HappyDave

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:11 AM

i always liked Steeden rugby balls.. better than any other rugby ball i've used. Hopefully Rhino will be as decent..


As an amateur Rugby League player I really like Steedens. I own a Super League 'The Steeden' Match Ball, the type they used in the early 2000s and its a fantastic design for throwing about. I hope the new (?) Rhino balls are Rugby League specific balls, the quality of the Steeden 'Symmetry' that is currently used in the NRL and Super League. I wouldn't like to see Super League using the same balls they use in the RaboDirect PRO12, as they're designed for RU and I personally prefer the flight of a Rugby League specific ball when it is passed.


http://gnsports.digitalvirtue.net/products/steeden/balls/match-balls/nrl-telstra-premiership-match

http://www.rhinorugb...tch-ball-P.html

Seeing as they're machine made I think it's more likely they're made in hi-tech factories with far smaller production factories in Japan/South Korea/South East Asia rather than Aus or in the West, however somehow I don't think they're handstitched in India. :lol:

I like still like the Adidas Torpedo they use in the ITM Cup in NZ and the Heiniken/Amlin Cups in Europe however as they're Rugby Union balls they would be too 'fat' to be used as Rugby League balls.


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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:34 AM

it is surprising that a lot of people do not know that league and union balls are different, I hope rhino realise!


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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:28 AM

Didn't Sheffield just use standard Gilbert balls during the late 90's?

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#16 Wiltshire Rhino

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:51 AM



As an amateur Rugby League player I really like Steedens. I own a Super League 'The Steeden' Match Ball, the type they used in the early 2000s and its a fantastic design for throwing about. I hope the new (?) Rhino balls are Rugby League specific balls, the quality of the Steeden 'Symmetry' that is currently used in the NRL and Super League. I wouldn't like to see Super League using the same balls they use in the RaboDirect PRO12, as they're designed for RU and I personally prefer the flight of a Rugby League specific ball when it is passed.


http://gnsports.digitalvirtue.net/products/steeden/balls/match-balls/nrl-telstra-premiership-match

http://www.rhinorugb...tch-ball-P.html

Seeing as they're machine made I think it's more likely they're made in hi-tech factories with far smaller production factories in Japan/South Korea/South East Asia rather than Aus or in the West, however somehow I don't think they're handstitched in India. :lol:

I like still like the Adidas Torpedo they use in the ITM Cup in NZ and the Heiniken/Amlin Cups in Europe however as they're Rugby Union balls they would be too 'fat' to be used as Rugby League balls.



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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:59 AM

it is surprising that a lot of people do not know that league and union balls are different, I hope rhino realise!

I sent them a message on Twitter last night to check :)

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#18 Gav Wilson

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:21 AM

it is surprising that a lot of people do not know that league and union balls are different, I hope rhino realise!


I'm pretty sure they will have an idea...
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:35 AM

I'm pretty sure they will have an idea...


This is unlikely. I doubt any of them have read an internet messageboard.
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:54 AM

Bring back the Mitre balls with no studs caked in ####. Would love to see the modern day players so called better handling skills


Don't bring back the Grey and Blue Kukri ball used in the National Leagues about five years ago. Couldn't see the bl00dy thing.

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