Players' Perspective - Niall Williams

​New Zealand Women’s Sevens player Niall Williams, along with George Whitelock’s wife Kayla, are among a small group of mums in the 200-strong New Zealand team heading off to compete at the Rio Olympics this year. The 28-year-old mother of Tatum-Lee, 4, and Rema-Rae, 2, shares her story about her road to the Olympics and finding the balancing act between being an athlete and a mum.

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Dunedin Connections

Dunedin was the venue for the latest New Zealand Rugby Players Association Rugby Club event on Saturday where a group of former players gathered to rekindle friendships and make new connections.

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Emerging players spend holidays learning

​Rising young rugby players around the country gathered during the school holidays to take part in Franchise U18 rugby camps.

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Collective Agreement (Men) and Memorandum of Understanding (Women)‍

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Professional Rugby Partnership‍

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Revenue Sharing‍

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Intellectual Property Ownership, Rights and Programmes‍

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Promotional obligations and endorsements‍

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Contracting models

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Player payments and benefits

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Employer and player obligations‍

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Injury, illness and non-selection‍

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Misconduct and problem resolution‍

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Teams, competitions and eligibility‍

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Training and players schedules

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Rules and regulations governing the game‍

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Player career, education and personal development‍

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Player community, rugby development and charity work‍

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Benevolent and welfare fund‍

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Insurances and savings programmes‍

18

Mental health and wellness

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Agents accreditation and education

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Player induction, education and awareness‍

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Anti-doping and supplements‍

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Wagering and anti- corruption‍

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Medical policies and procedures‍

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Rugby club for retired players

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