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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 […]

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RPA Launches New #LiftTheWeight Campaign

As part of its continued commitment to player welfare, The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has today officially launched a new #LiftTheWeight campaign in which players share their experiences of a range of personal topics, including race, religion, sexuality and identity. Featuring seven current and former professionals, the campaign aims to promote an inclusive environment within […]

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Lambert & Burgess Elected Chairman & Vice-Chairman

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today announced that Harlequins prop Mark Lambert has been re-elected as RPA Chairman, while experienced England 7s player Phil Burgess has been appointed Vice-Chairman.    Lambert who has made more than 235 appearances for Harlequins during a distinguished club career received the unanimous backing of the RPA Players’ Board and will embark […]

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 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 […]

DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 13:  England team huddle following the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 between England and Italy on August 13, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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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Matt Hopper launches Iconic Workspace

Former Harlequins centre Matt Hopper has teamed up with good friend and former Cardiff Blues and Leicester Tigers lock Iain Dickson to launch Iconic Workspace, a unique start-up company which offers modern spacious office space at some of the best sporting arenas in the UK. We sit down with Matt to find out more.   […]

PERTH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 18: Mark Lambert of Harlequins in action during the Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge between Glasgow Warriors and Harlequins at the North Inch Ground on 18th August, 2018 in Perth, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Get to Know: Mark Lambert

Embarking on his second season as RPA Chairman, we chat to long-serving Harlequins prop Mark Lambert.   First season as RPA Chairman? It’s been hugely interesting and a terrific experience so far. Rugby is going through an interesting period and to be at the coalface of a range of different player issues, in particular the […]

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 12: Ethan Waddleton #11 and Dan Bibby #7 of England celebrate after defeating South Africa in the Cup Final on day 2 of the 2017 Canada Sevens Rugby Tournament on March 12, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)

Being Dad: Dan Bibby

At the age of 27 and with more than 190 matches and 520 points to his name, Dan Bibby is recognised as one of the senior members of the England 7s squad. However, when it comes to parenting Dan reveals he is very much a rookie. In this interview, Dan chats through his career to […]