Rugby League Players Association

  • Players Form Super League Union

    A new union called ‘1eagu3' has been formed to represent the views of Super League Players. The union pledges to: Effectively represent the Players both inside and outside the sport; Protect, advance and enrich each and every member, regardless of club affiliation; Enshrine the democratic right of 1eagu3 through the engagement of all Players; Ensure that Players have the opportunity to play their part in the advancement of their profession and sport working in partnership with other key stakeh...

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  • IRUPA Becomes Rugby Players Ireland

    The Irish Rugby Union Players Association has been re-named 'Rugby Players Ireland'. Rugby Players Ireland, the member Association for Ireland's past and present professional Rugby and female international Players, has stated their intention of making Ireland the best place in the world to play the game - on and off the pitch. Chairman Rob Kearney unveiled the new name and vision founded on their belief of the important role Ireland's Players have as key stakeholders in developing Rugby in the c...

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  • Keogh Appointed Rugby Players Ireland CEO

    Rugby Players Ireland, the official Players’ union for all professional Rugby Players in Ireland, has announced the appointment of Simon Keogh as chief executive officer. After a thorough recruitment process, the board concluded that Keogh’s leadership skills and considerable experience and achievements in the area of player welfare made him the ideal candidate for the role. Keogh, a Heineken Cup winner with Leinster in 2009 and one of the original signatories in the establishment of the Iri...

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  • ARA Brings In Copsey As CEO

    The Association of Rugby Agents (ARA) has confirmed that it has enlisted the help of former London Welsh CEO Tony Copsey to act as chief executive and help drive the future direction of the organisation. The ARA, which is the representative body of those representing professional Rugby union Players in the United Kingdom and Ireland, is a non-profit unincorporated trade body governed by its members and Copsey's consultancy company will now be responsible for conducting a strategic review and at...

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  • Carvell To Revive RL Players Union

    Former Leeds, Warrington and Hull prop Garreth Carvell is relaunching the Rugby League PlayersAssociation, with financial backing from the GMB trade union the Daily Star has reported. The article claims that Players are not currently consulted in formal talks over their working lives, including over how many games they play, any rule changes or the structure of the season. Carvell, 37, said: “It is all about fairness and the Players having a positive input in their game. Players are curren...

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  • BARLA Elects First Ever Female Chair

    The British Amateur Rugby League Association has broken new ground by appointing the first female chair in its 40 year history. Sue Taylor from the Huddersfield ARL has been elected to succeed Spen Allison, who is stepping down after eight and a half years at the helm, and Steve Manning of the Women’s Rugby League Association (WRLA) will be the new BARLA vice chair. The decision was made at the 40th BARLA AGM on Sunday 23 June at Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield and the outgoing chairman Al...

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  • RPA Launch List Of Available Players

    The Rugby Players Association has launched a new free agents list, which is designed to inform clubs of Players that might be available to them due to them being out of contract at the end of the season. All RPA members will be able to upload their details on to the new the RPA Free Agent List and they will be made available via a secure server to numerous clubs, including those in the Aviva Premiership and Greene King IPA Championship. RPA Chairman Will James said: "We believe this is yet a...

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  • David Barnes To Leave Rugby Players' Association

    The Rugby Players' Association (RPA) have announced that Rugby Director David Barnes will be leaving the organisation to pursue a career in the financial services sector. The former Bath Rugby prop has had over a decade’s involvement with the RPA, fulfilling the role of Bath Rugby Player Representative, then RPA Chairman and finally RPA Rugby Director, a position he has filled for the last 3 years. RPA Group CEO Damian Hopley commented: "David has been a stalwart of the RPA for nearly 11 yea...

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  • Players Poll Reveals Exodus Fears In Rugby League

    Three quarters of Super League Players are considering leaving the competition for the NRL or Rugby union – and over a third have dealt with depression. Those are just two of the startling statistics revealed by the first ever poll of top flight Players in this country, carried out by Rugby League World and Players Association 1eague3. Other head-turning results include the fact that a staggering 97 per cent of those polled believe that the sport in this country is not well enough marketed –...

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  • Ben McGregor Talks Life After Rugby

    Ben McGregor, who is the player development manager at the Rugby PlayersAssociation talks to The Rugby Business Network about the increasing number of career-ending injuries being suffered in Rugby. He says it is important for Players to anticipate the future and start planning early because their playing career may not even last until they are in their mid thirties and it is advisable to have something to fall back on. Please click here to watch the video on The Rugby Business Network…...

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