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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 […]

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Andy Hazell wins RPA Personal Development Award

Former Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell 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. RPA Alumni member Hazell notched more than 250 appearances for his hometown club during […]

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Restart Rugby Launches ‘Scrum Bake With Me’ Challenge

MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace has thrown his support behind a new fundraising initiative which will see professional players from across the country donning their aprons in an effort to raise vital funds and awareness for Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association. Launched in Cheltenham today with members of the Gloucester Rugby […]

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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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The RPA Players’ Awards 2017 Nominees

Congratulations to all our nominees for The RPA Players’ Awards 2017 in association with England Rugby. The winners will be announced during our awards ceremony on Wednesday 10th May at Battersea Evolution in London.   The RPA Players’ Player of the Year in association with England Rugby Elliot Daly – Wasps Owen Farrell – Saracens […]

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RPA Young Player of the Year Nominees 2017

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today confirmed the nominees for the RPA Young Player of the Year 2017 as voted for by Aviva Premiership players based on performances in domestic rugby this season. To qualify for the RPA Young Player of the Year Award players must have been 23 or under at the start of […]

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Rob Hawkins secures first PDP Award

Following the success of Wednesday’s 18th annual RPA Players’ Awards 2016 in association with England Rugby we speak exclusively to the inaugural winner of the Nine Feet Tall Personal Development Programme Award, Rob Hawkins. The 33-year-old former Newcastle, Leicester and Bath hooker retired from professional rugby at the end of the 2015/16 season and will […]

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Gloucester Rugby players build DIY skills at Gloucestershire College

Members of the Gloucester Rugby team have swapped their studs for saws, wrenches and trowels in order to complete an eight-week construction taster course at Gloucestershire College. Organised by The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA), the course was created with the players’ personal and professional development in mind, to help them gain DIY skills for the […]

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RPA Player Rep Charlie Sharples completes BALM degree

RPA Player Representative for Gloucester Rugby, Charlie Sharples, will become the latest RPA member set to graduate from the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management degree (BALM) at Northumbria University in December. We recently sat down with Charlie to find out how he found the course and how he balanced it around a full-time playing career. […]