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 […]


A Cut Above: Blair Cowan

Meet Blair Cowan. The powerful London Irish and Scotland flanker who is now a fully qualified barber. Blair chats to the RPA about completing the 28-week course, his aspirations for life after rugby and explains the support he received through the RPA Personal Development Programme.    Sparking the Interest There’s always been a big elephant […]

SUNBURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14:  Petrus Du Plessis of London Irish poses for a portrait during the London Irish squad photo call for the 2017-2018 Aviva Premiership Rugby season on August 14, 2017 in Sunbury, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Meeting Borislav: Petrus Du Plessis

Meet Petrus Du Plessis, a man with a stacked trophy cabinet, a physio qualification under his belt and an alter-ego called Borislav. We dive into his wonderful world to hear more about his fascinating life off the pitch. Petrus is it true you’re the only qualified physiotherapist currently playing in the Premiership? It’s definitely a […]


RPA PDP Benefits London Irish Players

London Irish players have been engaged in a number of activities outside of rugby as part of the RPA Personal Development Programme. Recently the RPA ran two activities, the first of which was a one week course to gain theory, practice and exposure to real time markets at the London Academy of Trading. Conor Gilsenan, Tom […]

SUNBURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Sebastian De Chaves of London Irish poses for a photograph during the London Irish Photocall on August 14, 2017 in Sunbury, England.  (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

De Chaves Means Business

Sebastian De Chaves means business in every sense of the word, the industrious South African second row having recently embarked on a Business and Sports Management degree. Undertaking the course in conjunction with the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA), De Chaves works from home in between his rigorous training schedule as he sets out his plan […]


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 […]

RPA Awards Dinner Battersea

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 […]


Three Players Nominated for Personal Development Programme Award

The Rugby Players’ Association has today announced the three nominees for the Personal Development Programme Award to be presented at the RPA Players’ Awards 2017 in association with England Rugby on Wednesday 10th May in London. Tom Court (London Irish), Nick De Luca (Wasps) and Sam Smith (Former Worcester Warriors and Harlequins) have all been […]


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 […]


Tonks eyes future goals

Retirement may not be at the forefront of RPA member Greig Tonks’ mind at present, but the 27-year-old fly-half is already making plans for the future. Tonks, who joined London Irish from Edinburgh at the end of last season, is looking to follow in the footsteps of a whole host of players that have carved […]