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2019 RPA AWARDS ARE COMING HOME

The Rugby Players Association (RPA) has today announced that the 2019 RPA Awards are moving to the spiritual home of English Rugby, Twickenham Stadium...

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ENGLAND WOMEN'S 7s PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Congratulations to our three nominees for the England Women’s 7s Player of the Year Award!

 

Holly Aitchison: “I’m so surprised to receive recogniti...

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ENGLAND MEN'S 7s PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Congratulations to our three nominees for the England Men’s 7s Player of the Year Award in association with Emirates Holidays!

 

Tom Bowen: “It’s al...

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Date: 12th Apr 2019 - 14th Apr 2019

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MEMBERSHIP

The Rugby Players Association is committed to supporting professional rugby players, helping them to fulfil their potential off the field as well as on it.

Our members enjoy a wide range of benefits, including: independent representation; legal advice; personal and professional development; playing insurance; education; confidential counselling; transition support; and much more. Members can also access the support of our official charity, Restart, in the event of serious illness, injury or hardship.

ABOUT US

The Rugby Players Association is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England. We represent more than 800 male and female rugby players, as well as more than 400 former players.

It’s our mission is to support, promote and protect the interests of our members, from the moment they sign their first professional contracts, throughout their playing careers, and beyond as they embark on the next phase of their lives.

 

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Lift-the-weight

One in four people in the UK will be affected by mental illness in any given year. Rugby players are no different. Through Lift the Weight, the RPA is committed to reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health issues while providing support to those that need it.

 

Confidential Counselling Service: 01373 858 080

 

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marklambert

From our members

Mark Lambert

RPA CHAIRMAN + HARLEQUINS

“The need for a trade union in the game has never been greater in my opinion. Not only does the RPA offer support and guidance in many areas, it also fights for the big issues that define the life of the modern professional rugby player.”

james haskell

From our members

James Haskell

Northampton Saints

“The biggest difficulty facing professional rugby players is what to do post career, as well as what to do to achieve life balance. The RPA’s help with the players at Wasps and also with me personally has been invaluable.”

rob vickerman

From our members

Rob Vickerman

RPA Club Member, former England 7s + Newcastle Falcons

“As somebody who was forced to retire through injury, I can’t begin to describe how important planning for life after rugby was for me so that when the worst happened, I could continue to support my family.”

christian day

From our members

Christian Day

RPA Player Liaison Officer

“As our game continues to evolve and grow, it has never been more important for the players’ voices to be heard. It’s the only way to ensure our rights and welfare are protected. Through the RPA Players’ Board, we have a unique opportunity to shape the game and determine how it’s run.”

tom arscott

From our members

Tom Arscott

Newcastle Falcons

“When I most needed support and particularly legal advice, the RPA were there to help and provide guidance at a very difficult time.”

ed jackson

From our members

Ed Jackson

RPA Club Member, former Wasps + Bath Rugby

“The support I have received from the RPA and Restart from day one has been incredible. It made such a difference to my recovery and how positive and motivated you see me today.”

emily scarratt

From our members

Emily Scarratt

England

“As professional players it’s really important for us to always keep one eye on what career we are going to do post rugby so to be offered opportunities to gain experience and insight into a wide variety of industries through the RPA whilst still playing is invaluable.”