RPA STATEMENT ON CRITICISM AIMED AT ENGLAND’S 2011 RWC CAMPAIGN
The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today responded to the recent adverse comments aimed at England’s 2011 RWC campaign.
“With regard to the off field incidents that have been widely reported, there has been significant misinformation fed into the press that has compromised some of the players, and this is considerably harmful in undermining the players’ positions. Indeed the very public outpouring of disapproval heaped on these players over the past month is disproportionate to the actual events that happened.
“The RPA are here to support the players. That doesn’t mean we condone any inappropriate behaviour but it means we listen to the players first, we work out what was wrong and what was embellished. If any player has made a mistake we trust them to hold their hand up and accept full responsibility for their actions. It’s imperative that all stakeholders work together to make sure mistakes aren’t repeated. Our fundamental concern is that we don’t make scapegoats of the players or hang individuals out to dry, especially in the current clamour for bloodletting across the game. This PGB review is all about identifying collective responsibility and rebuilding trust and confidence in our players, the England team and the RFU. Everyone must be accountable for their actions.”