Not at all. Whoever can provide the best service for the best price should get the gig.
In the same way that the likes of Adidas supply products instead of the likes of kookaburra in cricket.
Bang on! I'm guessing they will retail about £40 - £60 for 1 ball at retail price, rather that £90 for a Gilbert Virtuo used in the Aviva [RU] premiership, but I'm sure the RFL will have worked ot a really good deal for buying in bulk. Hopefully the training balls will retail for £8 - £ 12 as Steedens currently do.
Seeing as they're based in Somerset, I wonder if Somerset Vikings and Bristol Sonic [I know Bristol isn't Somerset, but close enough] will manage to wing themselve some really good deal?
Btw, its not exactly 'the end' of Steeden in RL, as I'm guessing they will be used in the Challenge Cup next year, the RLWC 2012 Balls are Steedens, and the Aussies will still use Steedens at all levels.
The Rhino CEO talks about 'Community RL' on the Super League website but I expect us amateurs will be using the good old £10 Steeden Match Balls, which are excellent balls if the grip hasn't worn off.
Edited by HappyDave, 17 October 2012 - 12:28 PM.
"I've never seen a woman with hairy ears... And I've been to St Helens" - John Bishop