Rugby union and players draw closer

The Irish Rugby Football Union and the Irish Rugby Union Players Association have signed a new three year partnership agreement which will see both organisations working more constructively together on various initiatives.
There will be increased funding for an expanded player services programme; a greater focus on education and financial planning among players and a new accredited agent scheme by the end of 2012.

IRUPA appointed a new Chief Executive, Omar Hassanein, last year and also brough Irish Captains Brian O’Driscoll, Paul O’Connel and Rory Best onto the board as part of an overall review of structure and management.

The IRFU has committed to actively and financially support the new range of IRUPA driven initiatives. There is also an agreement to engage more regularly and openly, allowing for greater mutual understanding on ongoing issues facing professional rugby players.

Commenting on the announcement IRUPA Chief Executive Omar Hassanein said: “The Player Services Program is particularly important as it provides the entire off field support structure that players require in their lives including career development, personal development, financial structuring and Player brand awareness to name but a few key areas. This certainly is a step in the right direction.”

IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne also welcomed the new agreement and said: “I believe the last 12 months have been a watershed in terms of the co-operation and understanding between both the IRFU and IRUPA. The IRFU is totally committed to assisting IRUPA in delivering key services to players to support them as professionally off the pitch as on the pitch.


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