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 […]

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Ride for Restart Rugby at Vélo South

100 miles | Closed roads | 15,000 riders Where: Goodwood, West Sussex When: 23rd September 2018 Registration fee: £40 Fundraising target: £400 Gear up to clock a cycling century on a brand new closed road, 100 mile sportive at the second event of the Vélo series to raise vital funds for Restart Rugby. With general entry now sold out, don’t […]


Man in the Middle: Karl Dickson

Fresh from hanging up his playing boots, former Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson is now making the big calls in the middle. The 35-year-old, who retired from playing at the end of the 2016/17 season after 167 appearances for Quins, has made the successful transition from professional rugby player to full-time referee. We catch up with Karl […]

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Mark Lambert Elected RPA Chairman

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today announced Mark Lambert has been elected the new Chairman of the RPA. Having previously served as Vice-Chairman, the Harlequins prop received the unanimous backing of his fellow professionals on the RPA Players’ Board. A graduate of the Harlequins academy, Mark has made more than 215 appearances for the London […]


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 […]

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Nick Easter of Harlequins looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Leicester Tigers at the Twickenham Stoop on January 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Nick Easter Honoured with RPA Special Merit Award

Former Harlequins and England number eight, Nick Easter, has been named as the 2017 recipient of the RPA Special Merit Award to be presented at the RPA Players’ Awards in association with England Rugby, on Wednesday 10th May at Battersea Evolution, London.  The RPA Special Merit Award recognises an outstanding contribution to rugby in England […]


RPA members attend Aviva Insight Day

With life after rugby fast becoming a crucial focal point for the modern professional player, a group of RPA members from London Welsh, Harlequins and England 7’s recently attended an insight day at Aviva’s Digital Garage in Shoreditch, London. Organised as part of the RPA’s Personal Development Programme (PDP), Official General Insurance and Pension Partner […]

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RPA statement on Joe Marler

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has released the following statement in regards to Joe Marler. RPA Group CEO, Damian Hopley, said: “Now that the World Rugby hearing date has finally been set, over three weeks since the matter was concluded by the 6 Nations, it is important to place on the record how we have […]


Christian Day re-elected RPA Chairman

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today announced Northampton Saints’ Christian Day has been re-elected as RPA Chairman. Saints and England second row Day, who has been a member of the RPA Players’ Board as a Player Representative and Chairman for four years, will continue the role having been unanimously re-elected. Of his appointment Christian said: […]