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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 […]

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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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The O2 England Women’s Player of the Year 2018 Nominees

Congratulations to our three nominees for the O2 England Women’s Player of the Year Award!    Katy Daley-Mclean: “It’s a massive honour to nominated for this award, rugby is obviously a team sport and to have the respect and recognition from your peers on an individual level is very exciting and a fantastic feeling. Knowing […]

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Christian Day to join Rugby Players’ Association

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) can today announce that Northampton Saints lock Christian Day will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season and will be taking up a new, full-time position as Player Liaison Officer at the RPA in July.   Reporting into the RPA’s Rugby Director Richard Bryan, Christian will be a […]

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: BBC Radio rugby commentator Ian Robertson poses ahead of the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on February 25, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Ian Robertson to be recognised with RPA Special Merit Award

Renowned rugby union commentator Ian Robertson is to be honoured with the RPA Special Merit Award at the upcoming RPA Players’ Awards 2018 in association with England Rugby, on Wednesday 9th May at Battersea Evolution, London.   The former Scotland fly-half who has spent 46 years with the BBC will join a distinguished list of […]

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Giving Back: Rob Vickerman

Former Newcastle Falcon and England 7s captain and current Alumni Representative Rob Vickerman shared his experiences at the inaugural RPA Transition Talk, given to England 7s earlier this year. We sat down with Rob to hear why he believes the initiative is so important.   Why did you want to get involved with the Transition […]

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Braving the Shave: Alex Davis

After losing his dad to leukaemia two years ago, England 7s flyer Alex Davis wanted to do something to honour his memory in the best possible fashion. Teaming up with his fellow 7s squad members, Alex led the way as they braved the shave and raised more than £13,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. In his […]

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, […]

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The RPA launches Transition Talks initiative

The Rugby Players’ Association (The RPA) has today announced the launch of a new initiative that will see retired players returning to their former clubs to offer current squads first-hand insight into the challenges and opportunities facing them when they have finished playing. Taking place throughout the 2017-18 season, Transition Talks will form part of […]