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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Richard Bryan Appointed New RPA Rugby Director

    Former Bath and Newport Gwent Dragons flanker Richard Bryan has been appointed as The new Rugby director at The Rugby Players' Association (RPA), taking up The position vacated by David Barnes last month. Bryan, who also represented Bridgend and Leeds during his playing days, has been working as The player development manager at Bath and London Irish for The last three years and now makes The progression to RPA Rugby Director. RPA Group CEO Damian Hopley said: "As a lawyer who studied and qualif...

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  • Munday Becomes RPA COO

    The Rugby Players Association (RPA) finance and HR director, Stuart Munday, has been promoted to The newly created role of chief operating officer (COO) following a restructure. Munday will be responsible for The management of The daily business operations of The RPA Group as well as assuming responsibility on all performance management aspects of its respective departments. Reporting directly to The group CEO, Damian Hopley, The COO is a member of The RPA executive management team and RPA manag...

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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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