NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07:  Aviva branded rugby ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bristol Rugby at Franklin's Gardens on January 7, 2017 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project Report published for 2015/16

The Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP) report for the 2015-16 season has been published [click here]. The project is the most comprehensive and longest-running injury surveillance study in professional rugby and has monitored the injury risk of Premiership Rugby players in Premiership Rugby, European and national competition as well as training for the last […]

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 08:  Brumbies win a line out during the Super Rugby trial match between the Brumbies and the ACT XV at Viking Park on February 8, 2014 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

RPA Statement on the CMRG Report

The RPA has noted today’s report of the Concussion Management Review Group (CMRG) and has the following statement to make: Player welfare is the number one priority of the Rugby Players’ Association and our primary concern around this unfortunate incident is that George North has fully recovered. In speaking to our members, it’s clear they […]

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Concussion education module enjoys more success

English rugby’s three main stakeholders, Premiership Rugby, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) have today announced that all professional players, coaches and referees have completed this season’s mandatory online concussion education module within the required five-week window for the second successive year. The joint initiative, which was first launched in […]

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Concussion top of the agenda at IRPA NH Conference

The International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) hosted a Conference of its Northern Hemisphere members in London this week.  The Conference was attended by representatives from member associations including the Rugby Players Association (England), IRUPA (Ireland), WRPA (Wales), GIRA (Italy) and EU Athletes UniSportPro, the World Athletes Association. The purpose of the assembly was to share […]

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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 […]

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Online concussion education module success

Professional rugby in England welcomed the news that all professional players, coaches and referees have completed the new mandatory online concussion education module within the required two month window. A joint initiative between Premiership Rugby, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) produced a world-first for the game with an on-line […]

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Concussion programme kicks off new era

A CULTURE change is taking place in English rugby according to RPA Rugby Director Richard Bryan after this week’s announcement of a pioneering new set of concussion protocols. A joint venture between the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) focuses on awareness surrounding concussion, management in games and ‘return […]

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O’Shea backs new concussion programme

HARLEQUINS director of rugby Conor O’Shea insists that coaches as well as players must sit up and take note after major changes to the way concussion is managed in this country were announced. A joint venture between Premiership Rugby, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Rugby Players Association (RPA) has produced a new set […]

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Players back new concussion programme

Pioneering changes to the way concussion is managed across professional rugby in England will result in a significant step forward in players’ attitudes, according to Harlequins prop Mark Lambert. A joint venture between Premiership Rugby, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and The Rugby Players Association (RPA) has produced a comprehensive package of processes designed to […]