The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) staged the first players networking evening of the season at the Bath Cricket Club last night.
The event was designed by the RPA to develop stronger links between the commercial world and rugby players and was supported by business and management consultants, Nine Feet Tall.
Bath players and local businesses turned out in force as guests heard from a variety of speakers including Bath Rugby’s RPA Player Development Manager and former Scotland International Budge Pountney, Bath Rugby captain Stuart Hooper and founders of Friska Food Griff Holland and Ed Brown.
Stuart Hooper was keen to highlight the benefits of the evening: “Tonight’s event provides a fantastic opportunity for players to mix with local businesses in the Bath region. As rugby players we learn skills every day that are incredibly transferable in the business world. Therefore it’s nights like tonight where we can speak to people and make those contacts as early as possible, in readiness for life after professional rugby.