The RPA Players’ Player of the Year 2018 Nominees

Congratulations to our five nominees for the RPA Players’ Player of the Year 2018 in association with England Rugby!    Don Armand (Exeter Chiefs): “It’s an unbelievably special award to be nominated for considering it’s voted by the guys we play week in week out. I am extremely grateful for the nomination and very thankful for […]

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RPA VACANCY: Personal Development Manager

Vacancy – RPA Personal Development Manager, Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester Rugby   The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England which was established in 1998 to look after the interests of all professional players, from Academy players to the superstars of the international game. The […]


Young Chiefs cook up a treat

By Mark Stevens (Exeter Chiefs – http://exeterchiefs.co.uk/) Members of the Exeter Chiefs Academy have been honing their culinary skills of late thanks to the help of the Rugby Players’ Association. As part of the RPA Personal Development Programme (PDP), the group have been taking part in a four-week cooking course at Exeter College’s 34 Restaurant. […]


Vickerman and Bentley named RPA Alumni Player Representatives

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) have today announced former players Rob Vickerman and Chris Bentley as RPA Alumni Player Representatives. It’s the first time in the Association’s history that Alumni members have been represented and will ensure that players both past and present have a voice when shaping the future of the professional game. Former […]


Chiefs get fruity at Frobishers

It seems Exeter Chiefs players aren’t afraid to get a bit fruity when it comes to looking at life after rugby. Organised as part of The RPA’s Personal Development Programme (PDP), which aims to support and guide players with their personal and professional development, a section of Rob Baxter’s Chiefs’ squad visited Exeter-based, Frobishers, to […]

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The RPA Players’ Player of the Year Award 2015 Nominees

The Rugby Players’ Association (The RPA) is delighted to announce the nominees for the RPA Players’ Player of the Year Award 2015, as voted for by Aviva Premiership players based on performances in domestic rugby this season. This prestigious award recognises the outstanding talent in English rugby union and the winner will be announced at […]


Chiefs enhance future skills

Members of Exeter Chiefs’ squad recently completed the final session of a series working with former Royal Marines Mountain Leader Officer and founder of Wilderness Solutions, Paul Mattin. Held in conjunction with the RPA’s Player Development Programme (PDP) and organised by RPA Player Development Manager for Exeter Chiefs, Josh Frape, the players undertook four sessions […]


Exeter players join local business chiefs

Members of the Exeter Chiefs rugby team turned out in force last night for a business forum hosted by The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) at Sapphire Spaces in Topsham. Organised as part of the Player Development Programme (PDP), players from the Senior and Academy squads met representatives from local industry sectors including Sapphire Spaces, Rhead […]


A recipe for success

While some rugby players spend their day off resting up, an enthusiastic group of Exeter Chiefs players recently took the day out to experience life inside local drinks manufacturer Frobishers. Returning for the second time after a very successful first event last year, the 11 players were invited inside the ‘Juice House’ to try their […]


Future rugby stars flourish at RPA Academy Induction Day

As another season of rugby fast approaches, the RPA staged its annual Academy Induction Day in partnership with the Tom Maynard Trust at Loughborough University on Monday 11th August. Over 70 of the country’s brightest young stars from the Aviva Premiership and Greene King IPA Championship took part in the day aimed to educate and […]