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McCaw and Sexton drive IRPA’s move to Dublin

Co-presidents of the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA), Richie McCaw and Jonathan Sexton have helped drive an historic deal with World Rugby that gives professional players an even stronger voice in the game and sees the organisation relocate to Dublin to work closely with rugby’s governing body. The new deal which is a Memorandum of Understanding […]


Rugby Athletes Commission Brings Global Elite Players Together To Discuss And Help Shape The Game

On Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th November, the International Rugby Players’ Association (“IRPA”) including international player representatives from around the world and World Rugby took part in the second annual Rugby Athletes Commission (“RAC”) held in London. This forum was jointly created by IRPA and World Rugby with the purpose of addressing issues of importance […]


International Rugby Players Association release #RugbyPlayersUnited – ‘For the good of the game’ video

During the recent Rugby World Cup in England, the International Rugby Players Association ‘IRPA’ got the opportunity to get on the road and visit some of the participating teams to help shoot their ‘#RugbyPlayersUnited’ video. In the video IRPA members talk about the benefits of having a global association supporting them on issues of international […]



In what is seen as an historical step forward for a Tier 2 level team, The Pacific Island Players Association (PIPA) acting on behalf of their Samoan player members, have signed their first ever Relationship Agreement with the Samoan Rugby Union (SRU) The agreement outlines how both parties will work together in the best interests of […]


Sexton and McCaw champion global player welfare through IRPA Presidency

The International Rugby Players Association (IRPA) today announced the appointments of Johnny Sexton and Richie McCaw as the inaugural President’s for North and President South respectively. As two of the most recognised and respected players from around the world, both are seen as ideally placed to oversee and represent the collective voice of their fellow […]


Concussion top of the agenda at IRPA NH Conference

The International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) hosted a Conference of its Northern Hemisphere members in London this week.  The Conference was attended by representatives from member associations including the Rugby Players Association (England), IRUPA (Ireland), WRPA (Wales), GIRA (Italy) and EU Athletes UniSportPro, the World Athletes Association. The purpose of the assembly was to share […]


IRPA congratulates departing RUPA CEO

Greg Harris appointed CEO of NSW Waratahs IRPA would like to extend its sincere gratitude and best wishes to former RUPA CEO Greg Harris on the announcement of his appointment to Chief Executive of NSW Waratahs.  During his term at RUPA he has been a strong advocate for player welfare and his contribution to IRPA […]



On October 27, Samoa International Rugby players raised serious concerns with the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA) regarding the governance and management of the Samoan Rugby Union (SRU). Members of the squad indicated that they would withdraw from their Test against England on November 22nd if their concerns were […]