AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 03: Keven Mealamu and Nathan Harris of the All Blacks arrive for a New Zealand All Blacks training session at Trusts Stadium on June 3, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Transition: A Partner’s Perspective

  In an exclusive RPA insight, the partner of a former professional rugby player speaks openly about the challenges placed on family, friends and teammates when an athlete experiences the process of transition. This is their story. 2012 was the year he was told his rugby playing days would need to end. Recurrent concussion is […]

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RPA joins Limor conspiracy

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has today joined Limor, an exciting new social media platform for audio and podcasting. Launched by former Gloucester Rugby, Leinster and Connacht wing Shane Monahan, the Limor app combines the best aspects of social media with audio and podcasting in a way that has never been done before. Limor removes the […]

DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 13:  England team huddle following the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 between England and Italy on August 13, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

RPA welcomes England Women’s contract announcement

The RPA welcomes this morning’s announcement that the RFU is to introduce women’s full-time 15s contracts this season. As one of the game’s most successful national teams, we are excited that they now have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and challenge to become the number one team in the world. We would like to […]

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Matt Hopper launches Iconic Workspace

Former Harlequins centre Matt Hopper has teamed up with good friend and former Cardiff Blues and Leicester Tigers lock Iain Dickson to launch Iconic Workspace, a unique start-up company which offers modern spacious office space at some of the best sporting arenas in the UK. We sit down with Matt to find out more.   […]

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16:  Danielle Waterman of England in action during the IRB Womens Sevens match between England and Canada on May 16, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Saluting A Legend: Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman

Renowned as one of the finest Red Roses to have ever graced the rugby pitch, Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman, chats through her incredible England career, pinpointing her greatest highlights and explaining why she felt it was the perfect time to retire.   Nolli, your illustrious international career is over, how does it feel? I’m extremely proud […]

PERTH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 18: Mark Lambert of Harlequins in action during the Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge between Glasgow Warriors and Harlequins at the North Inch Ground on 18th August, 2018 in Perth, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Get to Know: Mark Lambert

Embarking on his second season as RPA Chairman, we chat to long-serving Harlequins prop Mark Lambert.   First season as RPA Chairman? It’s been hugely interesting and a terrific experience so far. Rugby is going through an interesting period and to be at the coalface of a range of different player issues, in particular the […]

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Raw Spirit: Mike Ellery & Tim Streather

Earlier this year Mike Ellery and Tim Streather founded a boutique cocktail company called Raw Spirit Cocktails, a natural, no added sugar, guilt-free business. We catch up with Mike to find out more. Can you explain what inspired you to launch the business? Tim and I are great mates, and during our time at Saracens […]

EXETER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Johnny Leota of Sale Sharks during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks at Sandy Park on April 28, 2018 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Building My Future: Johnny Leota

At the age of 34 Johnny Leota has his sights firmly set on the future. The experienced Sale Sharks centre has been busy preparing for a successful transition from rugby. With a degree under his belt, the Samoan international has also been gaining valuable work experience in local schools and has been producing a regular […]

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Danny Cipriani runs with the ball during the Gloucester training session held at Kingsholm Stadium on August 9, 2018 in Gloucester, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

RPA Statement regarding Danny Cipriani

The RPA was surprised to learn the RFU had charged Danny Cipriani with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game contrary to RFU Rule 5.12. Given that it related to an off-field, non-rugby related incident that occurred on club time, and had already been dealt with by the Jersey courts, we believe that it […]

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Protect your social media from hackers

Turning on “Two-factor authentication” could save you a lot of heartache after countless sports stars have been targeted. In recent weeks a number of sports stars, including RPA members, have been targeted by hackers who are accessing accounts and causing mayhem. Some hackers resort to blackmail whereas others are simply deleting posts, followers and generally […]