Battling My Transition: Glyn Hughes

When London Welsh went into liquidation in January this year, Glyn Hughes’ world was turned upside down. The talented fly-half found his career in jeopardy and his life in disarray. Six months and 6,000 miles later, Glyn explains how he tackled transition head-on, offering first-hand advice to those who may be struggling. This is something […]


Tigers look to their futures

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) last night hosted a business networking evening for members of the Leicester Tigers’ squad, facilitated by employee engagement consultancy, Purple Monster, and hosted at The Exchange, Leicester. The evening was organised as part of the RPA’s Player Development Programme (PDP) which is designed to individually support and assist its members […]


Bath Rugby try their hand at plumbing and stonemasonry

A group of Bath Rugby players recently spent the day at City of Bath College learning the basics of plumbing and stonemasonry. With the support of their RPA Player Development Manager, Budge Pountney, the seven players were rotated through the various aspects of the trades by the college’s specialist teachers. They learnt about water pipes, […]


Bath Rugby Academy cook up a storm at Bertinet Kitchen

We all know that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. When that man is a professional rugby player, making sure he’s getting the right kind of food can be a tricky proposition – especially when he’s cooking for himself. The pace of modern life can often make us reluctant to spend too […]

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The RPA pays tribute to Chris Cracknell

The Rugby Players’ Association today paid tribute to Chris Cracknell who has announced his retirement from the England 7’s programme. RPA Group CEO and former England 7’s captain Damian Hopley said: “Chris has been an outstanding member of the England Sevens squad for a number of years and can look back on his stellar career […]


Olly Kohn and his Hogateer’s

It’s been five years since Olly Kohn first featured on the front cover of The RPA’s Players’ Room magazine and while we’ve grown in that time, his Jolly Hog business has hit new heights. After starting out in the Harlequins car park in 2008, Olly along with the help of brothers Josh and Max have […]

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Bath Rugby benefit from RPA Networking Evening

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) staged the first players networking evening of the season at the Bath Cricket Club last night. The event was designed by the RPA to develop stronger links between the commercial world and rugby players and was supported by business and management consultants, Nine Feet Tall. Bath players and local businesses […]


The RPA and Macfarlanes LLP host Brand Ambassador Breakfast

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) yesterday staged a Business Breakfast with Macfarlanes LLP, at their London Offices. The attendees enjoyed a panel discussion and networking session chaired by RPA Group CEO, Damian Hopley, BT Sport Ambassador and 2003 England Rugby World Cup winner, Ben Kay, and industry experts Louisa Cheetham, Senior Sponsorship and CR Manager […]


Players trade places for Restart

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) recently teamed up with Official Foreign Exchange Business Club partner, AFEX, to raise over £10,000 for Restart – The Rugby Players’ Charity. Current and former Players turned out in force to show their support for Restart and, following a brief tutorial from members of AFEX’s transactions team, they took to […]


Mike Blair: Media Mogul

He’s Scotland’s most capped scrum half and is one of Edinburgh’s favourite sons. He has captained his country and represented the British & Irish Lions during the 2009 tour to South Africa. He has played at and home and abroad and now Mike Blair finds himself plying his trade in the Aviva Premiership for the […]