Connacht Rugby is delighted to announce a new partnership with Rhino Rugby, who are world rugby’s leading supplier of technical training equipment.

Official supplier to the British & Irish Lions and the RaboDirect PRO12, Rhino Rugby will now supply all contact equipment and training/match balls to the Connacht senior squad based in Galway.


Commenting on the three-year partnership, Head of Marketing & Commercial Alex Saul said:

“Rhino Rugby is the leader in its field and a brand that we are delighted to be associated with. They place huge importance on toughness, reliability, integrity, heritage and team spirit and these core values are central to the culture at Connacht Rugby.

“Rhino is best known for its scrummaging machines and contact training equipment and it’s fantastic that the coaching staff here have been very impressed with the equipment the squad have been using over the last five weeks of pre-season.”
Barry Brennan, Director of Rhino Rugby Ireland Ltd added:

“We are delighted that Pat Lam and his team are really impressed with the Rhino Range of Training Equipment. We look forward to developing a successful partnership with Connacht Rugby as we grow the Rhino Rugby Brand throughout Ireland.”  

Commenting on the new equipment, Connacht Rugby Head Coach Pat Lam said:

First and foremost the Rhino equipment is outstanding. When introducing new skills and techniques it is really important to have excellent equipment. “The players and coaching staff are really impressed with the Rhino gear and noticed its effect in preseason already”

 “I was very keen to get hold of the Rhino Collision King as the breakdown is one of the most important parts of the game and being effective in this area is vital.”

About Rhino Rugby

Rhino is the world’s leading supplier of contact and training equipment for rugby. The company was re-appointed by The Lions this summer to the dual role of Official Supplier of both the training equipment the squad used at all training bases for the 2013 Tour to Australia, and also supplier of The Official Tour Training Ball and commemorative ball collection. Rhino also fulfilled both roles on the 2009 Lions Tour to South Africa.

Since the success of Rhino’s Official Ball of the 2009 Lions Tour, the company has been appointed to the RaboDirect PRO12 ball contract – the company’s Vortex Elite model has been a great success in the last two seasons with the professional sides of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy, and was the match ball used in the historic opening game of the Tour against the Barbarians in Hong Kong.

Rhino has also for many years been an Official Supplier to England Rugby, the Welsh Rugby Union, Cardiff Blues, Bath Rugby and London Wasps, in addition to St Helens in Rugby League and to the 2011 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. The company is also prominent in the supply of mobile floodlighting, artificial turf, teamwear & leisurewear.

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