During November 2015 at the Rugby Athletes Commission (RAC) meeting, the following actions were agreed between IRPA ans World Rugby:
A joint commitment to developing revised memorandum of understanding between World Rugby and IRPA to provide a stronger blueprint of collaboration on international issues affecting players and the game as a whole. This comes at a time when rugby continues to enjoy unprecedented growth on all fronts.
A joint commitment to collaborate on strengthening the regulatory framework that governs agent activity in the game and in developing initiatives that support and educate players in respect of agents and contractual agreements.
A joint commitment to consult and collaborate on matters regarding the expansion and development of the womens’ game.
A joint commitment to involve the world’s top players in supporting World Rugby’s Get Into Rugby mass participation programme which has successfully attracted a million children to the sport worldwide in 2015.
A commitment to continued player involvement through IRPA in relation to law review and medical working groups among other key player welfare topics
A joint commitment to consult on the development of best-practice guidelines for application within high performance rugby environments. This will include guidelines around a players’ rugby development plan covering areas such as education, financial management. Player education and awareness programmes will cover key integrity topics such as anti-doping, wagering and corruption, concussion management and social media.
In March 2016, IRPA player representatives Paul O’Connell and Sophie Spence attended the World Rugby Committee meeting in Dublin. In addition to providing a player input into other relevant agenda items, they spoke positively on the value of the 2015 RAC and the need to progress the commitments made. Work continues.
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