Monday, October 31, 2016

National Team Athletes Form Players Association

Members of all the senior U.S. rugby teams have banded together to form the United States Rugby Players Association (USRPA). The idea behind the organization, which has been in the works for awhile is provide a better voice and protected for the players. That means a unified voice on compensation, injury management, and more.

Blaine Scully was a major driver of the organization and in a U.S.A. Rugby press release said: "It is important for the success of the game in the United States that the elite players have a collective voice. The relationship between USAR and the USRPA is fundamentally founded on a strong sense of partnership and shared purpose. Both parties are committed to dialogue and collaboration which will allow the players to have input in key issues, but also take ownership in the development of the game."

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Kelly Griffin said: "As players, we highly value the opportunity to provide input into issues that affect our playing environment and welfare. USRPA will provide us with a collective means to do this. It is so important that all four national teams work together to progress our sport."

U.S.A. CEO Dan Payne added, "What a great way to start off what will prove to be a historic week for rugby in our country. First and foremost, I want to state how proud I am of the players that have invested a lot of time and energy into this agreement. The development of USRPA is a positive event for rugby in our country. In addition to ensuring there are open and clear lines of established communication between the union and the players, this agreement will further define a large number of processes and expectations as we move forward. USA Rugby fully supports our players' intent and motive for forming this association. I want to thank all that were involved in this process. One that has been collaborative, respectful and always put the progress of our game at the forefront. The word partnership has been prominent and frequent in all discussions"

The move helps the players fall in line with international norms and should help the team moving forward more coherently address issues.

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