Gloucester Rugby explore future career opportunities


An excellent mix of Gloucester players, RPA Partners and business people were in attendance last night as The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) hosted a networking evening for members of the Gloucester Rugby squad, hosted by Shadowplay, at The Old Bakery in Cheltenham.

The event was organised as part of the RPA’s Player Development Programme (PDP) which is designed to individually support and assist its members in their personal and professional development and provide them with the skills needed to make a successful transition into life after rugby.

Shadowplay are a creative studio who specialise in high-end still and moving image production, and were more than happy to showcase the artwork throughout the evening of Gloucester’s very own ‘Rugby Artist’, Shane Monahan.

Monahan started painting during his first season at Gloucester in 2012/13 and has since painted several well-known players including James Simpson-Daniel, Jimmy Cowan and Gloucester’s RPA’s Player Representative, Jonny May.

Cherry and Whites wing, Monahan, said: “As rugby players the opportunity to network and speak to different business people remains a fundamentally important tool for players, and tonight was no different. The event was extremely well received and it was fantastic to see so many of my fellow Gloucester team-mates in attendance. I would also like to personally thank the RPA and Shadowplay for allowing my artwork to be on display throughout the evening.