Go All Blacks … and while on the rugby theme, there have been 7 patents published this year listing the word ‘rugby’ in the title.  Some of the more interesting ones are:

Ball with transmitter

Just what we needed, a rugby ball with a transmitter inside as described in European patent EP2367603 – a great way to add more statistics to keep the commentators occupied.


Tee device

A French inventor has decided to bring in some further trickery with another variation on the traditional pile of sand with a new tee device FR2955778 that looks like it was designed for skewering frogs legs.


Hot water bottle

And when the temperature drops in the stadium, there is GB201107586D0 that describes a new rugby hot water bottle cover design will keep you warm and supporting of your home team.