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No more Steeden..

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Pretty poor as Steeden is a RL company in the same way Kookaburra is a cricketing company... Getting sold out for a Union mob is bad form from the RFL

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.

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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.

God, I remember training with those. They had the most lethal grip bobbles on them - it was like catching sandpaper.

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Pretty poor as Steeden is a RL company in the same way Kookaburra is a cricketing company... Getting sold out for a Union mob is bad form from the RFL

No room for sentiment in business mate. Rhino offerred the best deal, and they will rightly got the gig.

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its very difficult keeping tabs on factories over in parts of Asia. i work in an industry that deals with these factories on a regular basis.. all factories we deal with have to go through a strict process to qualify, but often over a period of time these factories will look to outsource some of their work to ease their workload, this is where 'sweatshops' sometimes come into play.. we've had instances of well known and well respected factories getting caught out in this fashion.. it happens less and less these days and most companies working with these factories work hard not to let it happen. As bad as it seems to us, in large parts of Asia its considered the norm and not such a bad thing, hence the continuous troubles..

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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? :D

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.

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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.

Rhino will be supplying the Challenge Cup balls as well

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Rhino will be supplying the Challenge Cup balls as well

Are you sure? As that's not how the press release reads. No mention of the NR Cup or Rugby League Nines either.

I meant RLWC 2013. Oops!

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Are you sure? As that's not how the press release reads. No mention of the NR Cup or Rugby League Nines either.

I meant RLWC 2013. Oops!

This is where I got it from: http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/super_league_signs_with_rhino/#.UH68xEscmI4.twitter
Sports equipment and apparel brand Rhino Rugby is to become the official ball supplier to the Super League, the Challenge Cup and all domestic rugby league competitions for the next three seasons.

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http://www.rhinorugby.com/store/blog/?p=1019

The Rugby Football League and Super League Europe have today announced three year deals with Rhino Rugby in respect of match balls for the Super League, the Challenge Cup and all domestic rugby league competitions. This represents a significant breakthrough for Rhino not just in the rugby league code but also in the rugby ball product area.

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Yeah, saw that a little bit earlier. I guess that means all amateur Summer RL comps from next year and Winter comps from the 2013-2014 season onwards will use Rhino balls?

I must admit I thought modern Rugby balls were factory made in SE Asia. Didn't realise Steeden balls were made in India.

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Not all factories in India are illegal sweatshops you know...

True,just to show that they are made in India, when on poster thought they weren't.

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True,just to show that they are made in India, when on poster thought they weren't.

Yep, my mistake.

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Whatever you may think of the decision to dump an RL company in favour of one associated with RU, there is something positive about this deal, a decent RL mention in the Times' business pages.

Page 48 of today's paper features the deal, worded as a 'breakthrough ..deal with the Rugby Football League and Super League Europe to supply match balls for the Super League, the Challenge Cup and all domestic rugby league competitions.' Quite something it would seem.

Apparently the chairman of Rhino, Andrew Moss, was former chief executive at Aviva who obviously sponsor the English RU Premiership. He obviously sees value in the sport, hopefully he found the RFL a decent organisation to deal with, and maybe someone like that can help get other companies on board with the game.

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Just received this message from Rhino Rugby:

The Rhino Vortex XIII match ball is specifically designed for the league code and was extensively tested by the RFL as part of the approval/appointment process.

Fret ye not. ;)

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Support British Business. B)

May as well light your cigars with $100 notes. ;)

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At least the RFL are finally being open about their relationship with Headingley and Hetherington...

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At least the RFL are finally being open about their relationship with Headingley and Hetherington...

Spot on,balls to everyone else. ;)

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At least the RFL are finally being open about their relationship with Headingley and Hetherington...

What the fudge has that got to do with a new Ball supplier?? :huh:

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What the fudge has that got to do with a new Ball supplier?? :huh:

Erm...Rhino....Rhinos....

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