RPA confirm latest recruits for 2016/17 season

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The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today confirmed the appointment of former Worcester Warriors and England Sevens player, Jake Abbott, as its new Personal Development Manager for Newcastle Falcons, RPA Alumni North and Yorkshire Carnegie Academy.

The 28-year-old flanker who made 72 first team appearances for Worcester from 2008 to 2014 and represented England Sevens during the 2009 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, will draw from his experience as a former RPA Player Representative to assist members with their personal development and welfare away from the game.

A graduate of the RPA’s Leadership and Management degree from Northumbria University, Jake previously worked as a Business Development Manager for his former club, Griffins Rugby, in Dallas.

The RPA also announced the appointment of Tom McDowell as its new Head of Communications. Tom spent nine years in-house at Sky in various PR and communications roles, including three as a Department Head.

During his time at Sky, Tom worked on a number of high-profile campaigns, including Game of Thrones, The Premier League, The Ryder Cup and the launches of Sky Atlantic and Sky Sports F1.

RPA Founder and Group CEO, Damian Hopley, said: “We are always seeking to enhance the quality of our service to the players and both Jake and Tom’s appointments come at a very exciting time for both the game in England and the Rugby Players’ Association. Jake has come full circle since being a Player Rep at Worcester and his enthusiasm, insight and knowledge of the game will be invaluable to progressing the support we offer to our 1,000 past and present members.”

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