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  • International Players Union Moves HQ To Dublin

    The International Rugby Players Association (IRPA) has entered into an agreement with World Rugby that gives professional Rugby union Players a stronger voice in The game and sees The organisation relocate to Dublin to work closely with Rugby’s governing body. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) covers a four-year agreement running from 2017 – 2020 and ensures Players will be represented and consulted on key issues and decisions affecting The professional Players and The future of The game...

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  • IRPA Introduces Player Advisory Group

    The International Rugby Players' Associations (IRPA) has confirmed The establishment of a Player Advisory Group with The aim of ensuring that The Association remains player welfare driven and game focussed. In The new group, There will be 48 Players from 21 countries with representatives coming from The world’s highest performing male and female 15’s and 7’s teams. The Players will give direct elite player input on issues of importance and The group will give feedback to The IRPA board a...

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  • 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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  • IRPA Calls For Integrated Global Season

    The International Rugby PlayersAssociation (IRPA) is calling for an integrated global Rugby season to be established and thinks now is The perfect time to make a change. The body tasked with representing professional Rugby Players worldwide is proposing that NorThern Hemisphere clubs begin Their season a month later and Super Rugby sides no longer have a month-long break but have an extended pre-season instead, with The June test match window moving to The last three weeks in July. It is hop...

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  • IRB To Establish Athlete's Commission

    The International Rugby Board (IRB) has underscored its commitment to ensure that The world’s top Players are included within its decision-making structures with The establishment of The first World Rugby Athletes’ Commission. The Executive Committee approved The commission’s terms of reference at its meeting in Singapore on Thursday and establishment comes with The full support of Member Unions and The International Rugby PlayersAssociation (IRPA). The commission will advise The IRB R...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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