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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 […]


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. […]


16 current and former players set to graduate from BALM degree

With the 2015/16 season now in full swing, the latest cohort of RPA members are set to graduate from the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management degree (BALM) at Northumbria University, through engaging in our Personal Development Programme (PDP). The 16 current and former players due to graduate in December include Ben Mosses, Louis Grimoldby, Charlie […]


From the pitch to the beat – Rob Hawkins volunteers for special role

Our very own RPA Player Representative for Newcastle Falcons, Rob Hawkins, has joined Northumbria Police’s Special Constabulary. At a ceremony at Middle Engine Lane Police Station on Wednesday November 4th, Rob was sworn in as a Special Constable and will now volunteer and give up his own time to support Northumbria Police. Rob decided to […]


RPA invited to join Alumni at Falcons Legends Match

As the Rugby World Cup pool stage drew to an enthralling climax, The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) were invited to join over 50 former players at the recent Newcastle Falcons’ Legends game to present an informative RPA Alumni Forum. Held at the home of Falcons’ Rugby, Kingston Park, and hosted the night before the Pool […]


Falcons Academy Sharpen their Kitchen Skills

With the 2015/16 season fast approaching, a group of Newcastle Falcons’ Academy players recently undertook a Cooking Skills Session delivered by professional chef, Anthony Brown. Held at the The Beacon in Newcastle, the session was set up in conjunction with the RPA’s Player Development Programme (PDP), to help the players brush up on their kitchen […]


Fantastic Eight: The latest BALM Graduates

With the 2014/15 season officially over, a group of RPA Members including current players and alumni recently graduated from the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management degree (BALM) at Northumbria University. Developed in 2012 with help from RPA Player Development Manager for Newcastle Falcons, Yorkshire Carnegie EAP and RPA Alumni Manager, Mandy Thompson, the degree is […]


Falcons whip up a Christmas feast

A group of Newcastle Falcons’ players recently undertook a Jamie’s Ministry of Food Christmas Cookery class at the Food Nation Cooking Skills Centre in Heaton, Newcastle. Food Nation is a social enterprise passionate about food, nutrition and health and provides innovative food and nutrition services to schools, businesses and communities across the North-East of England. […]


Falcons test their hand at tiling

Newcastle Falcons’ players recently spent the afternoon at UK Trades Training learning the intricacies of wall and floor tiling. Organised as part of The Rugby Players’ Association’s (RPA) Player Development Programme the players participated in a Trade and Business Skills session where they were given the chance to learn the basic fundamentals of tiling and […]