Omar Hassanein

  • Hassanein To Become CEO Of International Players' Union

    Rugby Players Ireland (formerly IRUPA) confirmed that CEO, Omar Hassanein is to leave the organisation to take up a position as CEO of the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA). Omar was appointed in April 2011 serving six years as CEO. Hassanein’s appointment to the International Association comes after a period of growth for Rugby Players Ireland, now regarded internationally as one of the world’s leading player associations. The organisation’s staff has grown from 2 to 13 durin...

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  • International Players Union Moves HQ To Dublin

    ... professional players and the future of the game. The IRPA have relocated their head office from Auckland to Dublin to be in closer proximity to World Rugby’s headquarters in the Irish capital, and recruited a dedicated CEO in former Rugby Players Ireland head Omar Hassanein. Areas relating to concussion, game training and playing load, injury prevention and rehabilitation and player health and safety will be discussed on an ongoing basis and, in particular, at the annual World Rugby Medical C...

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  • IRUPA Report 50% of Players Have Hidden Concussion

    ... defeat to New Zealand last month after he was found to have taken a concussive blow. O’Driscoll admitted he had been eager to return to the fray but paid credit to the Irish medical staff for ‘making the tough call’. IRUPA’s chief executive, Omar Hassanein told In Touch magazine, “This is clearly an area of concern for our members and, as such, it is essential that we take the right measures to ensure we accurately represent and address them.” Hassanein has pointed to a dramatic inc...

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  • The Boss - Omar Hassanein, IRUPA

    Omar Hassanein cuts an imposing figure but is keen to stress that he does not set out to be an enforcer in his role as chief executive of the Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association (IRUPA). “I see myself as a facilitator trying to ensure players and administrators understand each other,” the 6ft 5in tall former Australia `A` forward tells Running Rugby. “The player view will not always agree with the administrator view but I don’t see myself as a gatekeeper - the only point of contact...

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  • IRFU Insurance Costs Soar

    ... home and indeed motor insurance policy in Ireland, the IRFU’s various insurance premiums, across our entire insurance portfolio have increased, and that such increases are never due to any one factor,” it said in a statement. Irupa chief executive, Omar Hassanein, speaking at the launch Headway’s nationwide concussion aware campaign in Dublin, believes the area of concussion and affordable player insurance has become an area of contention. “It’s an interesting point,” he says “A l...

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  • Keogh Appointed Rugby Players Ireland CEO

    ... recently rebranded to Rugby Players Ireland). Since joining the Irish players’ association in 2013, Keogh held the position of operations manager and head of legal affairs. Earlier this year, Keogh was appointed acting CEO, following the departure of Omar Hassanein. Keogh has also provided support to players internationally through his work with the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA), and has been central to the establishment and development of new player associations worldwide. A...

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  • Former Bulls Boss Khan Pursued For £905,000 By RFL

    Former Bradford Bulls boss Omar Khan is being pursued for the repayment of £905,000 the club received for playing in Super League, according to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Super League (Europe) Ltd, via the Rugby Football League (RFL), has reportedly lodged a claim for the cash with the administrators of doomed company OK Bulls Ltd. Blake Solly, the RFL’s director of standards and licensing, said the figure was money from Sky for playing in the Super League. Mr Khan has, however, contes...

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  • Khan Slams Clubs For Taking Bradford’s TV Money

    Bradford owner Omar Khan has condemned his club's Super League rivals for pocketing the television income forfeited by the Bulls, according to Mail Online. The Bulls agreed to forgo this year's Sky TV revenue as part of the deal to enable them to keep their place in Super League on a 12-month provisional license, after coming out of administration towards the end of last season. Khan, a Bradford restaurant owner, and local MP Gerry Sutcliffe brought the club back from the brink of bankruptcy wit...

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  • Bradford Bulls granted RFL membership

    The RFL Board of Directors has agreed to grant membership of the RFL to Bradford Bulls under the club’s new owners, Omar Khan and Gerry Sutcliffe MP. Membership was suspended earlier this year when the club went into administration. The club was accepted as a member of the RFL today after Mr Khan and Mr Sutcliffe provided all the information required for the governing body to complete its due diligence into their financial status. RFL Director of Standards and Licensing Blake Solly said: “Th...

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  • Bulls Owner Leaves As Hunter-Paul Becomes CEO

    Bradford Bulls owner Omar Khan is set to sell the club due to ‘ill health’, it has been reported, and Mark Moore and Ryan Whitcut of Bedzruz will take over as new owners subject to Rugby Football League (RFL) approval. The deal will also see former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe and Vipin Joshi leave their positions as directors as Moore and Whitcut will take up the position of joint chairmen. According to Robbie Hunter-Paul, who becomes CEO as part of the changes, the club will look for m...

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