The RPA Players' Board 2017/18
The 2017/18 season will be Harlequins’ prop Mark Lambert’s first season as RPA Chairman, after serving the last two seasons as Vice-Chairman to Christian Day. A graduate of the Harlequins academy, Mark has made over 215 appearances for the London club and will embark on his fifth season on the RPA Players’ Board.
After three successful seasons as RPA Chairman, Christian Day will serve as RPA Vice-Chairman for 2017/18. Christian joined Northampton Saints in 2008 from Sale Sharks and has been a standout contributor both on and off the pitch ever since. The hard-working lock also had a short spell for Stade Francais during the 2007/08 season.
Bath Rugby prop, Kane Palma-Newport, continues as the club’s RPA Player Representative after replacing Guy Mercer at the beginning of the 2014/15 season. Kane has made over 80 first team appearances and captained Bath United to the 2013 Aviva A League title.
Nick Fenton-Wells has been elected as Bristol Rugby’s RPA Player Representative, replacing Kyle Traynor. The 31-year-old South African born flanker joined Bristol ahead of the 2016/17 season after spells with Western Provence and the Stormers in Cape Town.
Exeter Chiefs prop, Carl Rimmer starts his first season as an RPA Player Representative after taking over the reins from the long-serving, Haydn Thomas. Making his debut for the Chiefs in 2012, Carl has become a regular starter for Rob Baxter’s men and has now amassed over 120 appearances for the newly crowned Premiership champions.
Gloucester Rugby centre Mark Atkinson will commence his first season as an RPA Player Rep after taking over from Charlie Sharples. With over 60 appearances for Gloucester, the 27-year-old appeared in 20 matches for the club in 2016/17.
The 2017/18 season will be Harry Wells’ first as Leicester’s RPA Player Representative after replacing Lachlan McCaffrey. The 23-year-old, who is a Leicester Tigers Academy graduate, re-joined the club in 2016/17 after a two year spell with the Bedford Blues.
London Irish winger, Ben Ransom will begin his first season as London Irish’s RPA Player Rep after replacing teammate Alex Lewington. Joining the Exiles for the 2015/16 season, Ben played a huge part in the club’s promotion back to the Aviva Premiership, scoring nine tries during the 2016/17 season.
Sam Lockwood takes over the outgoing Harrison Orr as the latest RPA Player Representative for Newcastle. Sam joined the Falcons in the summer of 2016 from Jersey after three years on the Channel Island and has been an impressive addition to the club’s front-row stocks ever since.
Josh Beaumont replaces Neil Briggs as Sale Sharks’ RPA Player Representative for the 2017/18 season. Making his England debut against the Barbarians last season, Josh had a standout 2016/17 campaign for Sale, making 23 club appearances.
George Kruis will serve his sixth season as Saracens’ RPA Player Rep after first being appointed ahead of the 2012/13 season. Making his debut for the club in 2009, George has thrived in the Sarries pack, with over 90 Aviva Premiership appearances now under his belt.
Season 2016/17 will be Alex Rieder’s second on the RPA Players’ Board after replacing former teammate James Cannon. Alex joined Wasps ahead of the 2015/16 campaign and has thrived at his new club, adding significant depth to the club’s back-row.
Worcester Warriors scrum-half, Luke Baldwin, starts his first season as the club’s RPA Player Representative. Luke who joined Worcester ahead of the 2015/16 season, represented the club on 16 occasions last season.
This is Phil Burgess’ fifth season as an RPA Player Representative and his fourth as a member of the England Sevens squad. Phil was an ever present on the Sevens circuit for England last season and also helped Great Britain secure a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Natasha Hunt begins her second season as the RPA Player Representative for England Women. With over 38 caps for the Red Roses, the talented scrum-half also represented Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.