Sale Sharks’ players turned out in force for the first RPA (Rugby Players’ Association) Business Club Networking Evening in Manchester. The event was held at the Malmaison hotel, Piccadilly and was attended by 20 members of the Sharks’ first-team squad, as well as an array of businesses from the North-West.
This season The RPA will hold a Business Club Networking Evening at each of the 12 Aviva Premiership clubs. The evenings are part of the RPA Player Development Programme (PDP), which aims to individually assist players in their personal and professional development, helping them to identify a second career and providing them with skills for a smooth transition into life after rugby.
Amongst the players in attendance were: Mark Cueto, Dwayne Peel, James Gaskell, Nick Macleod, Rob Miller, Sam Tuitupou, Tom Brady, Will Cliff, Mark Easter, Tom Holmes, David Seymour, James Doyle, Marc Jones, Fraser McKenzie, Aston Croall, Tommy Taylor, Kearnan Myall, Henry Thomas, Corne Uys and Hendre Fourie.
England international Cueto certainly felt the night was a success and of a great benefit to the players: “When the question was first raised there was a huge amount of interest from all the boys and the great thing was it wasn’t just players like myself who are coming to the end of their careers, there were a lot of young lads who wanted to see what options were available to them.