The RPA Players’ Player of the Year 2018 Nominees

Congratulations to our five nominees for the RPA Players’ Player of the Year 2018 in association with England Rugby!    Don Armand (Exeter Chiefs): “It’s an unbelievably special award to be nominated for considering it’s voted by the guys we play week in week out. I am extremely grateful for the nomination and very thankful for […]

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Newcastle Falcons player Doddie Weir celebrates with the trophy after the Falcons had beaten Harlequins to claim the 1997/98 Allied Dunbar Premiership Title at the Stoop on May 17, 1998 in London, England. (Photo David Rogers/Allsport/Getty Images)

Doddie Weir to be honoured with the RPA Blyth Spirit Award

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today announced it will honour former Newcastle Falcons and Scotland legend Doddie Weir at the 2018 RPA Players’ Awards, in association with England Rugby, which takes place on Wednesday 9th May at Battersea Evolution, London. Doddie has been confirmed as one of two recipients of the RPA Blyth Spirit Award, […]


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 […]


Rugby hero Paul Van-Zandvliet to receive RPA honour

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has today announced it will honour former Newcastle Falcon Paul Van-Zandvliet at the 2017 RPA Players’ Awards in association with England Rugby, which takes place on Wednesday 10th May at Battersea Evolution, London. Paul has been confirmed as the recipient of this year’s RPA Blyth Spirit Award in association with […]


Career Moves: Lee Mears

We catch up with former England, British & Irish Lions and Bath hooker, Lee Mears, to find out exactly what the 37-year-old has been up to since his playing days. Firstly Lee, how do you make your living? I’m an Executive Coach for Preston Associates in London, working with both individuals and teams covering everything […]


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 […]


Vickerman and Bentley named RPA Alumni Player Representatives

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) have today announced former players Rob Vickerman and Chris Bentley as RPA Alumni Player Representatives. It’s the first time in the Association’s history that Alumni members have been represented and will ensure that players both past and present have a voice when shaping the future of the professional game. Former […]


Alex Tait: My Chemistry Journey

It’s been six years in the making but Newcastle Falcons’ versatile back, Alex Tait, has finally gained his ultimate reward. The 28-year-old recently graduated from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in chemistry and chats to the RPA to explain exactly how he achieved such a fantastic result. Firstly Alex, congratulations on gaining a 2:1 in […]