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RPA recognised as Best Sports Association 

The RPA has today been recognised with the Gold Prize in the Best Sports Association category at the Association Excellence Awards.  Now in its fifth year, the Association Excellence Awards recognise and reward the achievements of UK trade bodies, professionals membership organisations and associations. The award comes in what is a landmark year for the […]

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Barclays named Official Banking Partner of The RPA

Barclays has today been named the official banking partner of the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA), signing a three-year partnership. The multi-year deal will provide all RPA members with a dedicated banking service assisting with their retail banking needs. In addition, new members arriving from overseas will benefit from expert support and guidance to ensure their […]

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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 […]

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 12: Ethan Waddleton #11 and Dan Bibby #7 of England celebrate after defeating South Africa in the Cup Final on day 2 of the 2017 Canada Sevens Rugby Tournament on March 12, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)

Being Dad: Dan Bibby

At the age of 27 and with more than 190 matches and 520 points to his name, Dan Bibby is recognised as one of the senior members of the England 7s squad. However, when it comes to parenting Dan reveals he is very much a rookie. In this interview, Dan chats through his career to […]

EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Chris Bentley of Exeter Chiefs is tackled by Vassili Bost of Montpellier during the Amlin Challenge Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Montpellier at Sandy Park Stadium on October 09, 2010 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Where Are They Now? Chris Bentley

Chris Bentley, the towering 6ft 6ins lock who graced the Exeter Chiefs shirt for the best part of 10 years chats to the RPA about his transition from the game and explains why he believes the rugby family plays such an important role post-retirement.  Where has life taken you since we last saw you on […]

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 […]