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 […]

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16:  Danielle Waterman of England in action during the IRB Womens Sevens match between England and Canada on May 16, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Saluting A Legend: Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman

Renowned as one of the finest Red Roses to have ever graced the rugby pitch, Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman, chats through her incredible England career, pinpointing her greatest highlights and explaining why she felt it was the perfect time to retire.   Nolli, your illustrious international career is over, how does it feel? I’m extremely proud […]

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The O2 England Women’s Player of the Year 2018 Nominees

Congratulations to our three nominees for the O2 England Women’s Player of the Year Award!    Katy Daley-Mclean: “It’s a massive honour to nominated for this award, rugby is obviously a team sport and to have the respect and recognition from your peers on an individual level is very exciting and a fantastic feeling. Knowing […]

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Heather Fisher wins RPA Personal Development Award

England Sevens star Heather Fisher has today been named the latest winner of the RPA’s quarterly Personal Development Award, which is designed to reward and celebrate the off-field development achievements of RPA members taking part in the RPA Personal Development Programme. Heather has shown the same commitment, determination and tenacity off the field that she’s […]

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RPA Pays Tribute to Paul Van-Zandvliet

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and teammates of former Newcastle Falcons prop, Paul Van-Zandvliet. A Premiership champion during his time at Falcons, Paul passed away on Wednesday morning following a battle against an inoperable brain tumour and cancer in his kidneys and liver. Since […]

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RPA Cooking Masterclass a Success

Over 18 players were in attendance last night as the RPA hosted a nutritional skills workshop at the Main Ingredient cooking school in Berkhamsted. A range of players from England Women, England Men’s 7s, London Irish and Saracens took to the kitchen to brush up on their cooking skills and learn a variety of easy […]

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Career Moves: Lee Mears

We catch up with former England, British & Irish Lions and Bath hooker, Lee Mears, to find out exactly what the 37-year-old has been up to since his playing days. Firstly Lee, how do you make your living? I’m an Executive Coach for Preston Associates in London, working with both individuals and teams covering everything […]

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Rhead Group hosts Project Management Insight Day

With project management experiencing an industry boom in the UK, a group of players recently attended a Career Insight Day hosted by RPA Partner, Rhead Group, at their Head Office in Coventry. Delivered as part of the RPA’s Player Development Programme (PDP), the Insight Day presented a terrific opportunity for the players in attendance to […]