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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 […]

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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 […]

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Andy Hazell wins RPA Personal Development Award

Former Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell 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. RPA Alumni member Hazell notched more than 250 appearances for his hometown club during […]

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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 Members Complete Groundbreaking Gambling Education Programme

The RPA can announce the completion of a groundbreaking Gambling Awareness Education programme, delivered to RPA members across the country. The first of its kind, the programme was delivered by EPIC Risk Management who used first-hand experience to educate players about problematic gambling and the potential risks it poses, while illustrating when and how to […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]