Entries by Dave Williams

Jackson Says Champs Players Need RPA Help

The Rugby Paper has interviewed Nottingham legend, Dave Jackson who reckons it is high time Championship professionals were properly represented by the Rugby Players’ Association. While Premiership players receive a full range of services from the RPA, who last month signed a new £7m, five-year funding deal with Premiership Rugby and the RFU, the Championship’s […]

Independent Predicts Rift Over “Stardust” Player Values

The Independent’s Hugh Godwin measures the factors pushing player values in Aviva Premiership (published on Saturday 2nd Jan)” and predicts a rift between clubs willing to pay ever-increasing amounts for “stardust” players and those who won’t or can’t : New Year’s Day was the official start point for Premiership clubs to be permitted to approach […]

“£300k is the new £200k” After AP Cap Increase

The Daily Mail has reported that a wages war has been started in the Aviva Premiership: Clubs fear Manu Tuilagi’s high-stakes contract negotiations following the salary cap hike will spark a wages war, with an elite group of international stars creaming off clubs’ budgets while other earnings flat-line. Premier Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty outlined […]

Blues’ New “Quality” Approach To Cost Ponty and Cardiff

Cardiff Blues are to run a much smaller but higher quality squad and end their policy of providing players free to charge to Pontypridd and Cardiff RFC, according to Wales Online. The Arms Park-based region currently employ no fewer than 65 players at senior and academy level. They plan to cut that figure back drastically for […]

US Pro League To Start in 2016

A new professional club rugby league in the United States is set to become a reality with the action getting underway as early as April 2016. PRO Rugby, the organisation behind the new league, has revealed that the competition will initially be contested by six teams from “major metropolitan areas in the north-east, the Rocky […]

Welsh Regions Raise Salary Cap

Wales Online has reported that the Welsh Regions (Scarlets, Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and Dragons) will have greater spending power next season after agreeing to raise their salary cap by £1m each. Wales’ four regions have agreed to increase their wage cap from £3.5m to £4.5m per team. The £3.5m cap was self-imposed by the regions […]

RWC Finalists Hedge Against Win Bonuses

The Australian media has reported that the ARU placed a A$300,000 (£138k or €195k) bet with a local corporate bookmaker to collect more than $3 million if the Wallabies win the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday. The ARU and players’ association (RUPA) agreed earlier this year that if the Wallabies won the Webb Ellis Cup, […]

AP Salary Cap Raised As Rules Seem Difficult to Enforce

Premiership Rugby have announced an increase to the salary cap in future whilst at the same time demonstrating how difficult their self-imposed system is to apply. Premiership Rugby has concluded an investigation into alleged salary cap breaches by an unspecified number of clubs but is not revealing any details other than to say no one […]

Guidance For Dealing with Minors Updated

The RFU has updated guidance to assist agents when dealing with minors and age-group players. The guidance document (added to the knowledge centre of the ARA site) has been approved by the Agents Review Board (ARB) in consultation with the Association of Rugby Agents (ARA). There are general safeguarding measures that are applicable to all […]

Full Rugby Expo Access for Agent Seminar Delegates

Rugby Expo has renewed its partnership with the Association of Rugby Agents (ARA), which will see the annual agents seminar delivered by the RFU held at Twickenham on day one of Rugby Expo 2015. This means that all registered agents and wider stakeholders responsible for the management and wellbeing of professional rugby players will be […]