International Rugby Players is the global representative body on issues of importance to professional Rugby players.

By Representing, Supporting and Unifying players, we serve them in areas such as:

  • Player Welfare 
  • Season structure
  • Laws of the Game
  • Education and Personal Development Programs
  • Anti-doping and the WADA code
  • Player Movement and Tournament Terms of Participation (i.e. RWC, Sevens)
  • Injury, Illness and Insurances
  • Agents
  • International Eligibility
  • World Rugby regulations


National Rugby Player Associations from across the globe are members of International Rugby Players.

Our membership is currently made up of the national Professional Rugby Players’ Associations from each of South Africa, England, Australia, Ireland, Wales, France, and New Zealand. All member Associations have representation on the International Rugby Players Board, which has monthly meetings by conference call and at least six-monthly conferences in person.

While other nations are currently in the process of setting up associations, Countries without established player associations are represented by their Player Council representative, which is made up of men’s and women’s players across all major rugby competitions in both the 15’s and 7’s game.