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Judith Batchelar Appointed RPA Non-Executive Director

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) announced today that Judith Batchelar OBE has joined the organisation’s Management Board with immediate effect as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Judith has worked in the food and drink industry for more than 35 years and is a Biochemist and Nutritionist. She has been Director of Sainsbury’s Brand since 2004 and […]

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RPA Launches New #LiftTheWeight Campaign

As part of its continued commitment to player welfare, The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has today officially launched a new #LiftTheWeight campaign in which players share their experiences of a range of personal topics, including race, religion, sexuality and identity. Featuring seven current and former professionals, the campaign aims to promote an inclusive environment within […]

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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Where Are They Now? Shane Monahan

  With the RPA recently joining ‘Limor’, an exciting new social media platform for audio and podcasting, we chat to the man behind the business, former Gloucester Rugby, Munster, Leinster and Connacht wing Shane Monahan.   First things first, what is Limor and what does it do? Limor is the next evolution of social media […]

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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 […]