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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 […]

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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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 […]

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  A silhouette of the Northampton  Saints practicing their lineouts during the Northampton Saints training session held at Franklin's Gardens on December 9, 2015 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Sixth Anti-Doping Annual Report Released

The Anti-Doping annual report for the 2015/16 season has been published on behalf of RFU Anti-Doping Advisory Group. This is the sixth year rugby’s anti-doping programme has released the findings of its activity in England. TESTING The intelligence-led testing programme comprised of 1,001 anti-doping tests – both in- and out-of-competition – and included both targeted […]

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RPA Career Insight – AfterSport

Matt Lockwood – Senior Associate (Property Investment), Aftersport Ltd Former PFA Player Representative and Dundee United/Leyton Orient Defender, Matt Lockwood, gives us an insight into his career as a Senior Associate with RPA Official Partner, property investment firm, Aftersport. How did you get started in your chosen career? I was always very keen to invest […]

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Tom Arscott Statement

Following his release by Sale Sharks, Tom Arscott wishes to release the following statement via The RPA: “While I am extremely disappointed with the outcome of the club’s internal disciplinary hearing, I would like to thank those that have supported me through the process to date. This has been a very difficult time for myself […]

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 […]

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 08:  Brumbies win a line out during the Super Rugby trial match between the Brumbies and the ACT XV at Viking Park on February 8, 2014 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

RPA Statement on the CMRG Report

The RPA has noted today’s report of the Concussion Management Review Group (CMRG) and has the following statement to make: Player welfare is the number one priority of the Rugby Players’ Association and our primary concern around this unfortunate incident is that George North has fully recovered. In speaking to our members, it’s clear they […]

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RFU and RPA agree new four-year EPS Deal

The RFU and RPA have agreed a new four-year Elite Player Squad (EPS) deal from 2016 to 2020. The financial terms of the deal are confidential. The deal includes match fees, training fees, image rights payments and squad performance bonuses. Ian Ritchie, RFU CEO commented: “These are exciting times for English Rugby, and the deal […]

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Dan Leo to deliver RPA Cultural Diversity Programme

Former Wasps, London Irish and Samoa second row, Dan Leo, has linked up with The Rugby Players’ Association to lead a new initiative that will provide special assistance to Pacific Island and overseas players, offering support and practical advice as they transition to a life and career in the UK. The RPA Cultural Diversity Programme […]