International knowledge sharing of best practice
International Rugby Players believes in obtaining and sharing knowledge, bettering ourselves and each other.
Our member Player Associations from around the world have a wealth of information and experience. Twice a year we host a knowledge-sharing conference where member Player Associations share information and ideas to ensure the game and players continue to thrive.
International Rugby Players is also a founding member of World Players Association – the independent worldwide representative body for elite athletes.
International research projects
International Rugby Players engages in a range of research projects, both internally conducted and through external partners. The information gathered from such projects helps our positioning on a range of welfare and rights related matters.
Establishment of new players associations
Countries without established player associations are represented by their national player representative on the International Rugby Players Advisory Group. In this way, our representative mandate covers male and female players across all the major rugby competitions and playing nations in both the 15’s and 7’s games. We are consistently working hard to set up new member associations where demand exists to do so.
International Player Leader Group
Our International Player Leader Group is set up to represent players globally in a range of different forums. Perhaps the most significant of these is the Rugby Athletes Commission (RAC), which meets at least once per year a year to discuss issues of importance to the players, in an open exchange with World Rugby representatives. More than 30 player representatives from every “elite level” international team in men’s, women’s and Sevens rugby make up our group.
Acting on behalf of their fellow players, the Advisory Group are aware of the issues facing the game and provide feedback on their welfare and professional rugby environments, allowing us to target the most pressing issues facing the game’s participants.
International Collective Campaigns
Our domestic associations engage in various forms of campaigns, including those that promote positive mental health and campaigns that promote greater concussion awareness.
We act as a conduit to amplifying the messages of these various campaigns, and in future, we plan to develop international campaigns driven via our global player base.
Collective Player Commercialisation
Utilising different pockets of our collective global player base, we are able to offer a unique commercial platform that no other stakeholder in the game can replicate. We are able to bring together profile players across different rugby regions in the world, whether in a physical sense or via social media.
International Constitution & Governance
To coincide with our recent relocation to Dublin, we’ve undertaken a constitutional overhaul to allow us to be more dynamic and also more reflective of our member’s needs.
Our governance model has introduced greater player involvement as well as greater external expertise, which compliments the unique skillset of CEOs in our domestic associations.
Demanding quality governance and management.
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