LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Newcastle Falcons player Doddie Weir celebrates with the trophy after the Falcons had beaten Harlequins to claim the 1997/98 Allied Dunbar Premiership Title at the Stoop on May 17, 1998 in London, England. (Photo David Rogers/Allsport/Getty Images)

Doddie Weir to be honoured with the RPA Blyth Spirit Award

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today announced it will honour former Newcastle Falcons and Scotland legend Doddie Weir at the 2018 RPA Players’ Awards, in association with England Rugby, which takes place on Wednesday 9th May at Battersea Evolution, London. Doddie has been confirmed as one of two recipients of the RPA Blyth Spirit Award, […]


Andy Hazell wins RPA Personal Development Award

Former Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell has today been named the latest winner of the RPA’s quarterly Personal Development Award, which is designed to reward and celebrate the off-field development achievements of RPA members taking part in the RPA Personal Development Programme. RPA Alumni member Hazell notched more than 250 appearances for his hometown club during […]

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2016-17 Anti-Doping Report Published

The 2016/17 anti-doping annual report for rugby in England has been released on behalf of the RFU anti-doping advisory group today. (Click here to view report) This is the seventh year rugby’s anti-doping programme has published the findings of its activity in England.   The report is separated into professional and community rugby and reflects […]


Restart Rugby Launches ‘Scrum Bake With Me’ Challenge

MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace has thrown his support behind a new fundraising initiative which will see professional players from across the country donning their aprons in an effort to raise vital funds and awareness for Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association. Launched in Cheltenham today with members of the Gloucester Rugby […]


The RPA launches Transition Talks initiative

The Rugby Players’ Association (The RPA) has today announced the launch of a new initiative that will see retired players returning to their former clubs to offer current squads first-hand insight into the challenges and opportunities facing them when they have finished playing. Taking place throughout the 2017-18 season, Transition Talks will form part of […]

SUNBURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14:  Petrus Du Plessis of London Irish poses for a portrait during the London Irish squad photo call for the 2017-2018 Aviva Premiership Rugby season on August 14, 2017 in Sunbury, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Meeting Borislav: Petrus Du Plessis

Meet Petrus Du Plessis, a man with a stacked trophy cabinet, a physio qualification under his belt and an alter-ego called Borislav. We dive into his wonderful world to hear more about his fascinating life off the pitch. Petrus is it true you’re the only qualified physiotherapist currently playing in the Premiership? It’s definitely a […]


RPA Partners with Canterbury

Canterbury of New Zealand has today been confirmed as the official teamwear partner of The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA), signing a new multiyear deal. The world’s leading rugby brand will supply the RPA with highly functional team clothing for use across a range of different activities within the organisation, while also supporting the RPA’s many player […]


Where Are They Now? Dean Mumm

Fresh from hanging up his boots in 2017, we catch up with former Exeter Chiefs captain Dean Mumm to hear more about his new career in Sydney and find out why he’s trekking across the North Pole in April. Congratulations on the new job. Can you explain how it all came about? I’ve just started […]

KITAKYUSHU, JAPAN - APRIL 22:  Heather Fisher of England during the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2016/17 Kitakyushu pool match between USA and England at Kitakyushu Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Kitakyushu, Japan.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Making Airwaves: Heather Fisher

Renowned for terrorising defences around the world, England 7s star Heather Fisher has taken on a new challenge. The experienced flanker has started working part-time as a co-presenter for Marlow FM. We sit down with Heather to find out more. Can you talk us through your experience so far at Marlow FM? It’s been a […]


Alex Gray: Rising Up

Fresh from making his Atlanta Falcons debut in a pre-season match against Miami last August, former England 7s star Alex Gray gives an exclusive insight into his new career in the NFL. An Epic Experience It’s been an incredible journey so far. I can’t deny it’s been a difficult challenge, but it’s been a hugely […]