International Players Union Moves HQ To Dublin

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14 November 2017

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.

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 Commission conference.

The Rugby Athletes’ Commission, which was established in 2014, is a key forum for players to voice their opinions and work with World Rugby to help with the provision of development and support programmes in the key areas of career, education and work experience, financial management, professional rugby obligations and mental health and wellness.

New IRPA CEO Omar Hassanein, said “This MOU greatly enhances our relationship with World Rugby and is fantastic news, for not only all professional players at the elite level but also for the game itself. It is a huge positive

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