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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 […]


RPA appoint Josh Frape as dedicated Transition Manager

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) is pleased to announce that Josh Frape has been appointed to the newly created role of Transition Manager. Reporting into the Head of the Personal Development Programme Ben McGregor, Josh will play an integral role supporting retired and transitioning players with their welfare, education, personal development and career transition. The […]

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RPA VACANCY: Personal Development Manager

Vacancy – RPA Personal Development Manager, Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester Rugby   The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England which was established in 1998 to look after the interests of all professional players, from Academy players to the superstars of the international game. The […]

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The Sanlam Young Player of the Year 2018 Nominees

Congratulations to our five nominees for the Sanlam Young Player of the Year 2018!    Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors): “This is a big honour for me. I am extremely delighted and definitely didn’t expect this recognition from my peers. It’s been an amazing season and I have been working really hard to improve my game. A […]

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England Women’s Sevens Player of the Year 2018 Nominees

Congratulations to our three nominees for the England Women’s Sevens Player of the Year Award!   Holly Aitchison: “I’m extremely surprised to be nominated. To receive recognition from my teammates is the biggest honour there is and I’m so proud to be part of such a talented and supportive team.”   Megan Jones: “It’s an […]


Heather Fisher wins RPA Personal Development Award

England Sevens star Heather Fisher has today been named the latest winner of the RPA’s quarterly Personal Development Award, which is designed to reward and celebrate the off-field development achievements of RPA members taking part in the RPA Personal Development Programme. Heather has shown the same commitment, determination and tenacity off the field that she’s […]


RPA Personal Development Programme – Annual Report 2016/17 Season

Please CLICK HERE to read the RPA’s Personal Development Programme Annual Report for the 2016/17 Season.  The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) Personal Development Programme provides essential wellbeing and personal development support to RPA members, including off-field education, personal development, career transition opportunities and welfare support. This report: – Highlights the work undertaken by the RPA’s team of Personal […]


Lift the Weight: One Year On

One year on from the launch of the RPA’s Lift the Weight campaign, we examine the full extent of its impact and hear from four of the main participants to understand why the mental health initiative has achieved such a huge response.   “It is arguably the most important move made by the RPA since […]