The Rugby Players Association (RPA) is giving its full support to a new campaign to tackle online hate from BT called Draw The Line, a campaign that aims to step up and stand against hate speech and abuse on social media.
To show our support for this campaign, the RPA and our entire membership will unite alongside Premiership Rugby and with other sports including football for a social media boycott from 15.00 on Friday 30 April to 23.59 on Monday 3 May.
This boycott is just the beginning of the Draw the Line campaign. It is clear that the boycott action in isolation will not eradicate the source of online discriminatory abuse, but it will demonstrate that alongside other rugby organisations, the RPA is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight to protect our players, who we exist to support.
"Ethan Waller, RPA Chair said: “Our Players Board and Diversity & Inclusion Board have both unanimously supported a player boycott to join the Draw The Line campaign. There is no place for hate speech or abuse online or anywhere. Players will not stand for it. It’s time to Draw The Line.”