CHESTER, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Mark Wilson #6 of the Newcastle Falcons and teammates scrum with Saracens players during a Aviva Premiership match between the Newcastle Falcons and the Saracens at Talen Energy Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Professional Rugby in England taking action on player injuries

The Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby (PRL) and the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) have today set out the focus areas for their continued action to mitigate the risk of player injuries in the English professional game. The Professional Game Action Plan on Player Injuries, endorsed by the Professional Game Board (PGB), was launched last […]


Restart Rugby Alpine Challenge 2019: Book Now

Date: 15th -19th September 2019 Location: Courmayeur, Italy to Chamonix, France Fundraising target: £1,500 Trek cost: £700 plus VAT *Flights and transfers to and from the airport are not included. Trek one of the world’s most iconic trails in the Mont Blanc massif alongside rugby legends Ed Jackson and Damian Hopley for an extraordinary challenge in aid of Restart […]


Judith Batchelar Appointed RPA Non-Executive Director

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) announced today that Judith Batchelar OBE has joined the organisation’s Management Board with immediate effect as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Judith has worked in the food and drink industry for more than 35 years and is a Biochemist and Nutritionist. She has been Director of Sainsbury’s Brand since 2004 and […]


RPA Launches New #LiftTheWeight Campaign

As part of its continued commitment to player welfare, The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has today officially launched a new #LiftTheWeight campaign in which players share their experiences of a range of personal topics, including race, religion, sexuality and identity. Featuring seven current and former professionals, the campaign aims to promote an inclusive environment within […]

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 03: Keven Mealamu and Nathan Harris of the All Blacks arrive for a New Zealand All Blacks training session at Trusts Stadium on June 3, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Transition: A Partner’s Perspective

  In an exclusive RPA insight, the partner of a former professional rugby player speaks openly about the challenges placed on family, friends and teammates when an athlete experiences the process of transition. This is their story. 2012 was the year he was told his rugby playing days would need to end. Recurrent concussion is […]


Where Are They Now? Shane Monahan

  With the RPA recently joining ‘Limor’, an exciting new social media platform for audio and podcasting, we chat to the man behind the business, former Gloucester Rugby, Munster, Leinster and Connacht wing Shane Monahan.   First things first, what is Limor and what does it do? Limor is the next evolution of social media […]

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Lambert & Burgess Elected Chairman & Vice-Chairman

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today announced that Harlequins prop Mark Lambert has been re-elected as RPA Chairman, while experienced England 7s player Phil Burgess has been appointed Vice-Chairman.    Lambert who has made more than 235 appearances for Harlequins during a distinguished club career received the unanimous backing of the RPA Players’ Board and will embark […]

SALFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22:  Josh Beaumont of Sale Sharks before the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Sale Sharks and Wasps at AJ Bell Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Salford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

Get To Know: Josh Beaumont

We sit down with RPA Player Representative for Sale Sharks, Josh Beaumont.   Your experience so far as an RPA Player Representative? It’s been extremely positive, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Players’ Board so far. It’s been well documented how big the last couple of years have been for the RPA and […]


Rising Stars: RPA Academy Induction Day

The first season as an academy player can be the hardest, toughest, and most exciting experience of the professional rugby journey. For more than 100 of the most talented young players in the country, the annual RPA Academy Induction Day provides an opportunity to gain important education, guidance and support as they embark on their […]