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2016-17 Anti-Doping Report Published

The 2016/17 anti-doping annual report for rugby in England has been released on behalf of the RFU anti-doping advisory group today. (Click here to view report) This is the seventh year rugby’s anti-doping programme has published the findings of its activity in England.   The report is separated into professional and community rugby and reflects […]

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Restart Rugby Launches ‘Scrum Bake With Me’ Challenge

MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace has thrown his support behind a new fundraising initiative which will see professional players from across the country donning their aprons in an effort to raise vital funds and awareness for Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association. Launched in Cheltenham today with members of the Gloucester Rugby […]

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Chris Wyles wins RPA Personal Development Award

Saracens back Chris Wyles has today been named the winner of the first RPA Personal Development Award of the 2017/18 season, which is designed to reward and celebrate the off-field development achievements of RPA members taking part in the RPA Personal Development Programme. The highly versatile back who has made more than 235 appearances for […]

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RPA Launches Alcohol Awareness Programme

To coincide with Alcohol Awareness Week, the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) is pleased to announce the launch of an alcohol awareness programme for the 2017/18 season. This education programme forms part of the RPA’s Personal Development Programme, supported by Premiership Rugby and the RFU. The sessions are being delivered to RPA members at all Aviva Premiership clubs, Bristol […]

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RPA Backs Rainbow Laces Campaign

Premiership Rugby and England Rugby today announced a commitment to work with Stonewall, which will see the three organisations support and promote LGBT inclusion in rugby.   The game-wide initiative will see Premiership Rugby and England Rugby work with Stonewall to assess current inclusion programmes and practises and to work on integrating best practise into […]

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Study highlights high prevalence of hip and knee replacements for former elite rugby players

In a new study published in journal Scientific Reports, scientists at NDORMS and the University of Bath have identified a high prevalence of osteoarthritis, hip and knee replacement among former elite rugby players. Rugby is played globally, by over 7 million participants. Despite a growing body of research supporting current player health, and the understanding […]

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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 […]

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RPA statement regarding proposed Premiership season changes

The Rugby Players’ Association (The RPA) has always sought to work collaboratively with Premiership Rugby to address player welfare concerns. It therefore caused significant concern and disappointment to our members to learn of Premiership Rugby’s plans to extend the domestic season via a press release in late March. This proposal had not previously been discussed […]