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Judith Batchelar Appointed RPA Non-Executive Director

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) announced today that Judith Batchelar OBE has joined the organisation’s Management Board with immediate effect as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Judith has worked in the food and drink industry for more than 35 years and is a Biochemist and Nutritionist. She has been Director of Sainsbury’s Brand since 2004 and […]

BARNET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Ball in a scrum during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Saracens and Bath Rugby at Allianz Park on September 29, 2018 in Barnet, United Kingdom. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

In-season breaks introduced as English professional rugby season confirmed

ENGLISH RUGBY will introduce guaranteed in-season breaks for players as part of the structure for the next three seasons announced today by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby and Rugby Players’ Association (RPA).   Starting with 2019-20, the improved season structures will see a number of extra player welfare driven initiatives and a reduced number of international/club overlaps for the top-level professional game in England.   The changes include […]

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RPA recognised as Best Sports Association 

The RPA has today been recognised with the Gold Prize in the Best Sports Association category at the Association Excellence Awards.  Now in its fifth year, the Association Excellence Awards recognise and reward the achievements of UK trade bodies, professionals membership organisations and associations. The award comes in what is a landmark year for the […]

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Barclays named Official Banking Partner of The RPA

Barclays has today been named the official banking partner of the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA), signing a three-year partnership. The multi-year deal will provide all RPA members with a dedicated banking service assisting with their retail banking needs. In addition, new members arriving from overseas will benefit from expert support and guidance to ensure their […]

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RPA joins Limor conspiracy

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has today joined Limor, an exciting new social media platform for audio and podcasting. Launched by former Gloucester Rugby, Leinster and Connacht wing Shane Monahan, the Limor app combines the best aspects of social media with audio and podcasting in a way that has never been done before. Limor removes the […]

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RPA welcomes England Women’s contract announcement

The RPA welcomes this morning’s announcement that the RFU is to introduce women’s full-time 15s contracts this season. As one of the game’s most successful national teams, we are excited that they now have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and challenge to become the number one team in the world. We would like to […]

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PFK Francis Clark becomes latest official partner of the RPA

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today announced an exciting new partnership with specialist accountants and business advisors, PKF Francis Clark. PKF Francis Clark’s Professional Sports Services team provide specialist personal accounting tax and business advice to the professional sport sector in the UK and internationally. The multi-year partnership will see PKF Francis Clark working closely with […]

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Book Now & Support Restart Rugby

The Killik Cup Barbarians v Argentina – 1st December, Twickenham   Buy a match ticket and 10% of the price will be donated to Restart Rugby, the official charity of The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA). Restart Rugby have teamed up with the Barbarians following their recent sensational 63-45 win against England. Tickets have just gone […]

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The RPA partners with All Sport Insurance

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has today confirmed a new partnership with specialist sports insurance provider, All Sport Insurance. The multi-year partnership will see All Sport Insurance working closely with RPA members to help them obtain suitable insurance protection, that complements their lifestyle and routine, at an affordable price. All Sport Insurance offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ for insurance whether it be […]

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Ed Jackson joins Restart Rugby Alpine Challenge​

Ed Jackson will embark on the latest chapter of his incredible story after confirming he will take on the Restart Rugby Alpine Challenge on 9th – 12th September. The former Dragons, Wasps, London Welsh and Bath forward will join a team of trekkers including RPA Group CEO Damian Hopley and Restart Rugby ambassador Charlie Hodgson […]