The Rugby Players’ Association today announced former Bath, Bridgend, Newport Gwent Dragons and Leeds flanker, Richard Bryan, as its new Rugby Director.
Bryan has been working as the Player Development Manager at Bath Rugby and London Irish for the last three years and makes the progression to RPA Rugby Director following a rigorous search and interview process.
RPA Group CEO, Damian Hopley, said of Bryan’s appointment: “As a lawyer who studied and qualified whilst playing Richard has first-hand experience of some of the toughest challenges facing professional players in England and his legal and employment knowledge will be a huge asset to supporting the players.
“I have every confidence in Richard’s ability to take the RPA forward and the widespread respect he has amongst the players and rugby stakeholders will ensure that player welfare will continue to be the number one priority in our sport.”
Bryan, who will begin his new role as of 2nd June 2014, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed the Rugby Director of the RPA, at what is a truly exciting time for rugby in England. Over the course of the past three years I have had the privilege of working closely with my predecessor David Barnes and have seen first hand the excellent work he produced on behalf of the players.
“I am fortunate to be a part of a great team at the RPA and also to work with a group of outstanding Player Development Managers who provide a world class service to our members on a daily basis. Building on those foundations will be a great challenge and one I look forward to immensely.