MEMBERSHIP

The Rugby Players Association is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England. We represent more than 800 male and female rugby players in England, as well as more than 400 former players.

JOIN THE R-P-A

Join the RPA today to access a host of exclusive benefits, including: playing insurance; independent representation; personal and professional development programmes; education; financial and legal advice; dedicated transition support; exclusive member offers and much more. Members can also access our 24/7 confidential counselling service as well as the support of our official charity, Restart, in the event of serious illness, injury or hardship.

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Personal Development

The RPA’s Gain Line programme (formerly known as the PDP) was created to support and guide players with their personal and professional development, providing bespoke opportunities to fulfil their potential while preparing them for their transition into their next career. Whether you are an academy player just starting out, in middle of your playing career, or already retired from the game, the RPA is here to support you through your journey with consistent, clear and relevant support that is tailored to your needs.

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Education

No matter where your interests lie, the RPA can offer a range of bespoke courses and qualifications that can help prepare you for life after rugby. Whether you are interested in gaining a qualification, want to apply for an education grant, or if you need inspiration about what you’d like to do when you retire, this section gives more information about the type of education opportunities that are available to you.

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Health + Wellbeing

It is important to take care of yourself and to talk to others if you’re struggling – whether that’s due to injury, contractual uncertainty, relocation or other areas of your life. In this section you can find a range of articles and information relating to your wellbeing, from coping with stress to addiction, as well as details of how to access the RPA’s confidential counselling service.

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Contracts + Agents

Confused about your contract or need help finding the right agent? This section contains the most up-to-date information relating to the Standard Contract, as well as key dos and donts to consider when employing an agent. Taking the time to ensure you are covered off the field can give you the peace of mind to flourish on it.

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Financial

From financial planning and premium banking to tax advice and foreign currency exchange, the RPA can assist you with all manner of financial matters. RPA members can take advantage of further benefits and offers through our official partnerships with a number of leading financial institutions. You will also find articles and information, with top tips on how best to manage your money.

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Transition

The RPA is committed to not only supporting members when they are still playing but also once they have hung up their boots. Whether you are retiring prematurely through injury or your career has come to a natural end, transition can be an extremely tough process. The RPA is here to support you every step of the way to help ensure your transition from the game a positive experience.

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