Reg Clark, Chief Executive of Rhino Rugby and Octavian Morariu, President of Rugby Europe, signed an agreement on Friday December 9th 2016 during Rugby Europe General Assembly meeting, appointing the manufacturer as “Rugby Europe Official Balls Supplier” for the 2017-2021 period.
As a part of the contract, Rhino Rugby will provide all balls necessary to Rugby Europe official competitions, meaning around 80 international games and 20 European tournaments each season, in fifteen-a-side, seven-a-side and beach-rugby for men and women played throughout the 48 member unions.
In addition to the provision of balls, Rhino Rugby will assist Rugby Europe and its union members to grow the game via balls and additional technical equipment preferential offers, necessary for the practice of rugby.
Octavian Morariu, President of Rugby Europe and IOC Member declared: “We are thrilled that RHINO Rugby joins Rugby Europe with this long-term partnership. Their proven expertise in top-level tournaments and championships will be very useful in the upgrade of our competitions. This is also a huge opportunity for Rugby Europe to support the unions in their development.”
Reg Clark, Chief Executive of Rhino Rugby comments : “Rhino is delighted to become Official Ball Supplier to Rugby Europe and in addition to assist the 48 unions in its membership with the technical equipment needed to develop the game in those territories. We operate at the highest levels of the game across many product categories but are equally committed to grass roots rugby. We are looking forward enormously to working with Rugby Europe and its member unions.”
The first competition to be played with the Rhino Vortex Elite ball will be the first match-day of Rugby Europe Championship, the European Tier2 including Georgia, Romania, Russia, Spain, Germany and Belgium which will start on February 11th 2017.