Established in 2004, the Gain Line programme is delivered by the Rugby Players Association (RPA) and supported by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Premiership Rugby.

Through Gain Line, players across both the men’s and women’s game are able to access individualised support with their welfare, off-field personal development, education and career planning by a team of independent and Mental Health First Aid Trained, RPA Player Development Managers.

Personal development initiatives driven through the Gain Line Programme not only benefit players by encouraging them to pursue a balanced lifestyle and prepare for life after rugby, but research has also been demonstrated to enhance on-field playing performance.


The RPA Gain Line Programme is in place to support the holistic development of the players, and works towards our three key objectives;

  • To provide essential welfare, personal development and transition support to current, retired and future professional rugby players;
  • work with the clubs, the RFU, Premiership Rugby and Premiership Women’s Rugby to help our sport meet it’s duty of care to players; and
  • to positively influence the professional game.

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As always, we welcome the opportunity to speak with any individuals or organisations who feel they can add value to the RPA Gain Line Programme or provide opportunities for our players to develop as part of the RPA Career Development Pathway.

If you are interested to find out any more, then please email Luke Cheyne, the RPA Head of Player Development and Wellbeing below...

Email Luke Cheyne