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DALLAS (February 3, 2023) – Major League Rugby (MLR) has announced that Rhino Rugby will remain the Official Ball and Preferred Equipment Supplier for the 2023 season. Extending a partnership that began in 2020, MLR is excited to continue the partnership through the 2023 MLR season.
“We are proud to represent North America’s highest level of rugby competition. As such, the ability to provide first-class equipment and balls to our athletes is of the utmost importance,” said Chief Commercial Officer Harry Hardy. “Rhino Rugby is unrivaled in quality and technical expertise, and we are thrilled to partner with them for the 2023 MLR season.”
Currently the official ball of Rugby Europe and Asia Rugby and domestically used in the Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) the past several years, the Vortex Elite ball will continue to be used by all 12 teams as the official MLR match ball. Its unsurpassed high-quality construction features Rhino’s signature Aerosensa Technology, a patented laminate that includes unique aerodynamic properties. Rhino has also provided Hurricane practice balls as well as their new Recyclone training balls, which are part of their new Recycled Rugby Ball range, a new first of its kind green initiative.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Major League Rugby for the fourth consecutive year”, said Rhino Chief Marketing Officer Jim Kozack. “At Rhino, we are dedicated to providing top-notch rugby balls and equipment, and our partnership with MLR allows us to further our commitment to the growth and success of the sport. We are proud to be a part of MLR’s journey and look forward to another great year ahead.”
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its sixth season that represents the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018 to 12 teams in 2023, featuring 11 from the United States and one from Canada. Matches are televised on Fox Sports, among other national and local market platforms. Select matches are available to stream live in North America on The Rugby Network, and all matches are available on The Rugby Network for international fans. MLR prides itself in fostering intense and high-stakes competition, while bringing together a passionate community built on the values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition. For more information about MLR, visit www.MajorLeague.Rugby
For over 40 years Rhino Rugby has been outfitting the world’s best rugby athletes with the balls, equipment and apparel needed to compete at the highest levels of the game, while representing the core values of rugby; toughness, reliability, integrity, heritage, and team spirit. With a proven record of delivering superior rugby products, leading universities, clubs, and professional and international teams turn to Rhino for their rugby needs. Rhino is currently Official Supplier of technical training equipment to England, Wales and France. It is Official Ball Supplier to the Rugby Europe and Asia Rugby divisions of World Rugby – over two thirds of rugby nations play international games under their jurisdiction with the Rhino Vortex Elite ball. Rhino has supplied the last four British & Irish Lions tours, and five Rugby World Cups, including the last three. Rhino is currently teamwear and ball supplier to Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the last 6 Varsity Rugby Matches. Additionally, Rhino is the 2023 official ball sponsor for the Super Rugby Americas, a new league which includes teams from North and South America. Domestically, Rhino is the Official Ball and Equipment Supplier of Major League Rugby as well as the National Collegiate Rugby 15’s and 7’s Championships. Rhino is a truly global brand which is part of the very fabric of the rugby game.
Visit RhinoRugby.com to learn more about how Rhino Rugby’s innovative balls, equipment and apparel are revolutionizing sports.