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#1 hindle xiii

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:47 AM

Oh balls

Quite a few more players don't seem to be fans of the new Rhino rugby balls either.

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#2 RidingPie

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:14 AM

Is this ball going to be used in the world cup?

If it was I bet it would be quickly changed if/when the aussies whinged.

#3 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:37 AM

Is this ball going to be used in the world cup?

If it was I bet it would be quickly changed if/when the aussies whinged.

Steeden ball for the World Cup.
It seems that the RFL don't let the players trial the ball until a deal has been done with the supplier,which is very odd,you would think player input would be important.

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#4 RidingPie

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:51 AM

oh great that's going to disadvanatge us further in the world cup then.

Not that the Aussies need any help that is.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

Steeden ball for the World Cup.
It seems that the RFL don't let the players trial the ball until a deal has been done with the supplier,which is very odd,you would think player input would be important.


Given its them who play with it, you'd think it should be vital that they are consulted. Unfortunately a ball is not just a ball and can really affect the quality of play.

#6 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:03 AM

Given its them who play with it, you'd think it should be vital that they are consulted. Unfortunately a ball is not just a ball and can really affect the quality of play.

As the players are now finding out.
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#7 brooza

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:18 AM

oh great that's going to disadvanatge us further in the world cup then.

Not that the Aussies need any help that is.

Surely it would help us?

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#8 saints10coach

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:28 AM

Its a bad work man that blames his tools.

#9 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:46 AM

Its a bad work man that blames his tools.

Players from every club are saying the ball isn't fit for use.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:11 AM

Its a bad work man that blames his tools.


that saying assumes the quality of the tools doesn't effect the quality of the product. In some instances that probably is true, but for a spectator sport anything that could harm the quality of the product should be addressed by something more than a sound bite from days gone by.

#11 HappyDave

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:25 PM

Has it got a different grip to the ones they use in Rugby Union? As surely it should be the same as the Celtic League ball other than the shape?
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:41 AM

Does anyone know what Greg Eden is whiny about as surely they must have exactly the same grip as the tried and tested Rugby Union balls? Is he just making excuses early? :huh:
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#13 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:52 PM

Does anyone know what Greg Eden is whiny about as surely they must have exactly the same grip as the tried and tested Rugby Union balls? Is he just making excuses early? :huh:

It's not just Eden being "whiny",quite a few players have complained about the ball.
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#14 OMEGA

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

A poor decision made by blokes who never played the game.

I understand the need for commercial partners but to force elite athletes to use inferior equipment, especially something as VITAL as the ball, so that you can secure a few quid is absolutely moronic.

#15 HappyDave

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:24 PM

It's not just Eden being "whiny",quite a few players have complained about the ball.


Like whom? How comes the Celtic League RU players have no problem with Think balls?...
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#16 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

Like whom? How comes the Celtic League RU players have no problem with Think balls?...

Leon Price for one,quite a few of the Leigh and Wigan players after the recent friendly,similarly Cas and Hull players after their recent game.Maybe RL players are more particular about the ball they use,after all,it's all about handling.
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#17 noname6

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:27 AM

if you want to know why rhino got the deal, just check out the directors

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:30 PM

you'd think it would be pretty easy to replicate a ball like the Steedan's.. Which if i remember rightly we'll be using in the World cup, and not the rhino balls.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

if you want to know why rhino got the deal, just check out the directors


Who are the directors?




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