Official Statement

The RPA has announced the appointment of Nick Byrom as its Commercial Director, following the departure of Commercial Manager Alex Anderson earlier this month.

Nick joins the RPA with an excellent commercial track record having started his career with corporate hospitality agent Match Point before progressing to become Sales Manager at Wembley Stadium and at IMG Hospitality. He then went onto work for Thomas Cook Sport as Commercial Director. Nick has worked on the travel and hospitality programmes at three Rugby World Cups and the last Lions Tour in South Africa as well as Thomas Cook Sport’s sponsorship of the WRU. Nick’s most recent role was as Commercial Director of Portsmouth Football Club who are currently the Football League’s Family Club of the year.

RPA CEO Damian Hopley commented “We are very excited to have someone of Nick’s outstanding pedigree joining the RPA in what is one of the most remarkable eras for sport in this country. With RWC 2015 only 3 years away, Nick has been bought in to build on the strong commercial partnerships we have with a number of leading blue chip brands who have been involved with the RPA and our 600 members for a number of years. The RPA offers an excellent range of commercial benefits from VIP Match Day Hospitality in The Players’ Lounge at Twickenham, through to a number of key partnerships who deliver invaluable services and programmes to our members. I have every confidence that rugby’s profile will grow significantly in the next few years, so it is imperative that the RPA is in a position to capitalise on this, thus increasing the support we give our past, present and future members.”

On his appointment Nick Byrom said: “I’m delighted to join the RPA at this time. I look forward to developing some new, long term partnerships to compliment the incredible roster of existing RPA Partners. We will look to introduce some innovative events and opportunities for both commercial partners and RPA members whilst providing commercial support to the outstanding work that the RPA Player Development Programme currently does”.

For more information about the RPA’s commercial and hospitality programme, please contact
Nick Byrom, RPA Commercial Director on 020 8831 7935 or 07850 914 836 or nbyrom@therpa.co.uk


Patrick Giffney


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