NZRPA – Who we ar e an d what we do

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The New Zealand Rugby Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion was founded by New Zealand’s pro­fes­sional play­ers as their in­de­pen­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive body in 1999.

Through the NZRPA, the play­ers work with the game’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to ad­dress player wel­fare and to con­trib­ute to the on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment of the game. The NZRPA helps play­ers sup­port each other, helps them take ad­van­tage of com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties and helps them un­der­stand and deal with life as pro­fes­sional sports­peo­ple, and en­sures they have an or­gan­ised and cred­i­ble voice at the de­ci­sion-mak­ing ta­ble.

Pro­fes­sional rugby play­ers are tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als who, with the right en­vi­ron­ment, lead­er­ship and sup­port, have the abil­ity to achieve and in­spire suc­cess in the game and, more im­por­tantly, in life. The NZRPA helps make this a re­al­ity. As well as the con­test on the field, play­ers face many chal­lenges off it. The NZRPA pro­vides the ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port needed for play­ers to bet­ter han­dle those de­mands, in­clud­ing a net­work of providers of­fer­ing ex­pert ad­vice on a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing: fi­nan­cial plan­ning, bank­ing, in­sur­ance, con­tracts, le­gal, prop­erty, per­sonal sup­port, per­sonal en­dorse­ments, public re­la­tions/ media (in­clud­ing so­cial media), be­havioural risk, anti-dop­ing, wa­ger­ing, dis­ci­plinary mat­ters and prob­lem solv­ing.

Part of the NZRPA’s job is to en­sure those re­spon­si­ble for es­tab­lish­ing and en­forc­ing cer­tain rules and reg­u­la­tions (such as anti-dop­ing and wa­ger­ing) put an equal fo­cus on pro­vid­ing play­ers with ef­fec­tive ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes.

We en­cour­age and chal­lenge pro­fes­sional play­ers to be proac­tive about their de­vel­op­ment on and off the field; to think about their ca­reer prospects out­side rugby, to put a strong fi­nan­cial plan in place and take re­spon­si­bil­ity for self­im­prove­ment.

One of our goals is to help all play­ers de­velop the skills needed to thrive as an in­di­vid­ual and a player. Through our rugby net­work we pro­vide ac­cess to the nec­es­sary ex­pe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and re­sources that help play­ers achieve suc­cess in all as­pects of life.

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