The Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) was incorporated in October 1995 in direct response to the professionalism of Rugby.
It was established to directly promote and safeguard the interests of its members, namely the professional Rugby players of Australia, as well as to help members prepare to transition into the next phase of their life post-Rugby through actively encouraging them to pursue their interests and future careers away from the game.
Currently 100% of Australia’s full time professional players are members.
RUPA’s operations can be divided into two key service arms. These are:
- industrial representation and player advocacy; and
- player education and wellbeing
RUPA’S MISSION & OBJECTIVES
RUPA’s purpose is to support our members to be better people, better players and to live better lives.
They do this by:
Protecting the workplace standards of professional players – allowing them to have a secure and stable foundation for their Rugby careers and to allow them to thrive on and off the field
Preparing players for their lives outside of Rugby – encouraging education and post-Rugby career planning whilst supporting their wellbeing at all times
Promoting the interests of the players and the game – raising the profile of all players and Rugby in Australia through effective thought leadership