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Restart Round is back for 2023

The Rugby Players Association (RPA) and Premiership Rugby are pleased to confirm that Restart Round will be back in December, running from December 1-...

26th Nov 2023

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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.


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.




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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From our members

Emily Scarratt


“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.”

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From our members

Rob Vickerman

RPA Retired Player 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.”

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From our members

Elliott Stooke


"The RPA have always been there for me, especially when I’ve needed it most. Their support and guidance, across a number of areas, have helped me develop as a player and as a person."

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From our members

Chris Ashton

Leicester Tigers

"Professional rugby will always come with its highs and lows. At a time of need the RPA was there to help me get back on track."

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From our members

Ed Jackson

Restart Rugby Trustee, 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.”

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From our members

Joe Simpson

Former Wasps, Gloucester, Bath & Sale Sharks scrum half

"The RPA were brilliant when I needed them with contractual advice. They were easy to get hold of, proactive and gave balanced and well informed advice. I felt far more comfortable after speaking to them."