The Rugby Players’ Association is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England. The RPA offers its members Player Welfare and Representation services as well as a comprehensive Personal Development Programme.

Our Aims

Rights

To safeguard the rights of players past, present and future

Employment

To establish and maintain better conditions of employment

Representation

To provide members with representation at the highest level

Financial Assistance

To provide financial or other assistance to our members in respect of matters arising due to serious injury, illness or hardship

Promote Rugby

To promote the sport of Rugby Union in England

Career Education

To assist with career and educational training for our members

“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.”

Mark Lambert - Harlequins

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Mark Lambert of Harlequins poses for a portrait during the Harlequins squad photo call for the 2016-2017 Aviva Premiership Rugby season at Twickenham Stoop on August 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

“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.”

James Haskell - Wasps

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:  James Haskell poses for a portrait during the Wasps squad photocall for the 2016-2017 Aviva Premiership Rugby season on August 17, 2016 in Coventry, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

“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.”

Christian Day - Northampton Saints

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Christian Day poses for a portrait during the Northampton Saints squad photocall for the 2016-2017 Aviva Premiership Rugby season on August 18, 2016 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)