CHESTER, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Mark Wilson #6 of the Newcastle Falcons and teammates scrum with Saracens players during a Aviva Premiership match between the Newcastle Falcons and the Saracens at Talen Energy Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Professional Rugby in England taking action on player injuries

The Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby (PRL) and the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) have today set out the focus areas for their continued action to mitigate the risk of player injuries in the English professional game. The Professional Game Action Plan on Player Injuries, endorsed by the Professional Game Board (PGB), was launched last […]


RPA statement regarding proposed Premiership season changes

The Rugby Players’ Association (The RPA) has always sought to work collaboratively with Premiership Rugby to address player welfare concerns. It therefore caused significant concern and disappointment to our members to learn of Premiership Rugby’s plans to extend the domestic season via a press release in late March. This proposal had not previously been discussed […]

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Restart Rugby to support Ed Jackson

The Rugby Players’ Association was deeply saddened by the news of the neck injury recently sustained by our member Ed Jackson. We have also been wholly inspired by Ed’s indominable strength of character as he continues to make progress with his rehabilitation. As with any significant injuries to our members, The RPA is committed to […]


Tom Arscott Statement

Tom Arscott wishes to release the following statement via The RPA: “Following the conclusion of the RFU’s investigation into the complaint made against me by Sale Sharks, I wish to state that although I am disappointed with the outcome, I would now like to draw a line under this episode. This has been an extremely […]

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 08:  Brumbies win a line out during the Super Rugby trial match between the Brumbies and the ACT XV at Viking Park on February 8, 2014 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

RPA Statement on the CMRG Report

The RPA has noted today’s report of the Concussion Management Review Group (CMRG) and has the following statement to make: Player welfare is the number one priority of the Rugby Players’ Association and our primary concern around this unfortunate incident is that George North has fully recovered. In speaking to our members, it’s clear they […]