The Rugby Paper Recognises Error Regarding The RPA PRESS RELEASE
Following the front page article printed in The Rugby Paper this weekend concerning former Wales and Scarlets prop Rhys Thomas, the RPA would like to clarify that this matter in no way relates to the Rugby Players Association in England, nor its Benevolent Fund, despite the article using its name and quoting its mission statement from the RPA website www.theRPA.co.uk
The Rugby Paper has recognised the mistake made and the potential damage caused by the inaccurate information contained within the report. The Rugby Paper has agreed to make clear in the next publication that the RPA (Rugby Players Association) is an entirely separate organisation to the WRPA (Welsh Rugby Players Association) and is not responsible for the on-going welfare of the player quoted.
The Rugby Players Association, as clearly stated on its website, is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England, created to promote and protect the interests of past, present and future professional rugby players in England.
The RPA has 720 members, made up of current players from the Aviva Premiership, England 7s, Championship and alumni members.
The WRPA is a separate Association which is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in Wales who play for the four professional regions;the Blues, the Scarlets, the Ospreys and the Dragons. Membership also includes Wales 7s, alumni members and current Welsh Internationals who play outside of Wales.