LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17:  The England team sing the national anthem prior to the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Rugby Players’ Association signs deal with England Rugby Hospitality​

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has today been announced as the Official Supplier of Match Day Talent for England Rugby Hospitality™, the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) new hospitality offering. With the current redevelopment of the East Stand, Twickenham is further cementing its reputation as a world class sports hospitality venue. This new agreement will ensure […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

SUNBURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14:  Petrus Du Plessis of London Irish poses for a portrait during the London Irish squad photo call for the 2017-2018 Aviva Premiership Rugby season on August 14, 2017 in Sunbury, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Meeting Borislav: Petrus Du Plessis

Meet Petrus Du Plessis, a man with a stacked trophy cabinet, a physio qualification under his belt and an alter-ego called Borislav. We dive into his wonderful world to hear more about his fascinating life off the pitch. Petrus is it true you’re the only qualified physiotherapist currently playing in the Premiership? It’s definitely a […]

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Fighting Back: Tom Fitzsimons

At the age of just 13, Tom Fitzsimons’ world spiralled out of control. The loss of his father led to a deep alcohol addiction which fractured relationships and ruined his career. From finally getting sober in 2007, to running across the Sahara Desert, to working with the RPA to deliver alcohol awareness to our members, […]

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07:  Aviva branded rugby ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bristol Rugby at Franklin's Gardens on January 7, 2017 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project Report published for 2015/16

The Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP) report for the 2015-16 season has been published [click here]. The project is the most comprehensive and longest-running injury surveillance study in professional rugby and has monitored the injury risk of Premiership Rugby players in Premiership Rugby, European and national competition as well as training for the last […]


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 […]


The Jolly Hog launches PIGSTY restaurant

Eight years since it was first officially launched, The Jolly Hog has today taken a major step in expanding their renowned pork sausage business by opening a flagship restaurant in Bristol. PIGSTY today opened its doors to the public, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and focusing on great tasting and local produce. Launched by the […]