Tiger cubs prepare for life after rugby

The Leicester Tigers Development Squad had an interesting twist to their usual training schedule recently, in the company of employee engagement specialists Purple Monster.  Organised by Lynsey Hyslop, Senior Personal Development Manager for Leicester Tigers, the session formed part of the RPA’s Personal Development Programme (PDP), and looked to work on key skills such as […]


Career Moves: Lee Mears

We catch up with former England, British & Irish Lions and Bath hooker, Lee Mears, to find out exactly what the 37-year-old has been up to since his playing days. Firstly Lee, how do you make your living? I’m an Executive Coach for Preston Associates in London, working with both individuals and teams covering everything […]


Tonks eyes future goals

Retirement may not be at the forefront of RPA member Greig Tonks’ mind at present, but the 27-year-old fly-half is already making plans for the future. Tonks, who joined London Irish from Edinburgh at the end of last season, is looking to follow in the footsteps of a whole host of players that have carved […]


Nine Feet Tall deliver communication session to RPA PDMs

Nine Feet Tall recently led a training session with the Rugby Players’ Association’s Personal Development Managers (PDMs) to enable them to develop critical business communication skills across their respective clubs as part of the RPA Personal Development Programme (PDP). Nine Feet Tall have worked closely with the RPA and Julian Springer (PDM for Bath Rugby […]


RFU and RPA agree new four-year EPS Deal

The RFU and RPA have agreed a new four-year Elite Player Squad (EPS) deal from 2016 to 2020. The financial terms of the deal are confidential. The deal includes match fees, training fees, image rights payments and squad performance bonuses. Ian Ritchie, RFU CEO commented: “These are exciting times for English Rugby, and the deal […]


The Jolly Hog launches PIGSTY restaurant

Eight years since it was first officially launched, The Jolly Hog has today taken a major step in expanding their renowned pork sausage business by opening a flagship restaurant in Bristol. PIGSTY today opened its doors to the public, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and focusing on great tasting and local produce. Launched by the […]



Name: Gareth Mason Position: Managing Consultant, Michael Page Finance How did you get started in your chosen career? After retiring from rugby I spent six years in corporate finance. I noticed that Michael Page were looking for ex-sportspeople to join the business and applied for a role that was being advertised. Over the course of […]


Vickerman and Bentley named RPA Alumni Player Representatives

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) have today announced former players Rob Vickerman and Chris Bentley as RPA Alumni Player Representatives. It’s the first time in the Association’s history that Alumni members have been represented and will ensure that players both past and present have a voice when shaping the future of the professional game. Former […]


Alex Tait: My Chemistry Journey

It’s been six years in the making but Newcastle Falcons’ versatile back, Alex Tait, has finally gained his ultimate reward. The 28-year-old recently graduated from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in chemistry and chats to the RPA to explain exactly how he achieved such a fantastic result. Firstly Alex, congratulations on gaining a 2:1 in […]


Santa Teresa Rum partners with The Rugby Players’ Association

Leading Venezuelan premium Rum producer, Santa Teresa, has today been confirmed as a business partner of The Rugby Players’ Association. A family run, independent business, with the tag line “We play Rugby. We Make Rum”, Santa Teresa have been producing rums in Hacienda Santa Teresa, Venezuela, for more than two centuries and are present in […]