Props in business - part two - Wyatt Crockett

In the second part of the Props in Business series, we talk candidly to Wyatt Crockett, who tells it straight and shares what he has learned about owning a business.

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Props in business with Mitchell Graham & Wyatt Crockett

we talk candidly to former props Mitchell Graham and Wyatt Crockett, who, in true front-row form, tell it straight and share what they have learned from owning their own businesses.

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Players encouraged to EXPAND their horizons with new transition resource

The New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association has released its latest educational tool for players, a magazine called EXPAND.

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Professional rugby freezes 50 percent of forecasted player payments in response to COVID-19 pandemic

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association (NZRPA) have today agreed to a range of payment changes

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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Health and Wellbeing

Here are some tips to help you and your family around COVID-19

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Players' Outline minimum conditions for global season

​International Rugby Players, the body representing all elite and professional rugby players globally, has announced a list of Players' Principles that must form the basis of any future global tournaments.

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Players share openly in Being Men documentaries

Male rugby players share openly their insight into how men, both in rugby and in the wider community, view aspects of life such as wellbeing, love and relationships in a series of short documentaries.

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2019 Personal Developement Finalists & Winner Announced

Each Personal Development Manager from around New Zealand was invited to nominate a player within their environment who has worked hard on their personal development. These nominees are sent to a panel which reviews them then selects the finalists from which a winner is chosen.

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Josh Blackie, Seilala Mapusua and Hale T-Pole receive 2019 NZRPA Kirk Award

Josh Blackie, Seilala Mapusua and Hale T-Pole are the latest recipients of the NZRPA Kirk Award in recognition of their contribution to their fellow players through the work, time, energy and skill they put into establishing Pacific Rugby Players, the independent representative body for Pacific Island professional rugby players.

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2019 NZRPA Player Awards Winners Announced

NZRPA Members have voted for their player of the year in seven categories. Here are the nominees and winners:

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NZRPA Increases Resources for Retired Players

With many players reflecting on retirement from professional rugby or already at that stage, the NZPRA board has made this area one of its priorities by putting more resources towards helping players transition out of the game and those that have already retired.

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Ruby Tui and TJ Perenara win at World Rugby Awards

Black Ferns Sevens player Rugby Tui won the Women’s Seven Player of the Year award and All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara won the World Rugby’s try of the year at the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo.

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Calling players who want to coach or get paid to analyse content

The Rugby Site are providing opportunities for past and present New Zealand players who are interested in doing paid, remote analysis work to join their team.

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Where are they now?

With the Rugby World Cup 2019 kicking off in Japan this weekend, we check out what the 2015 Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks team are up to now.

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Josh Kronfeld & Aleisha-Pearl Nelson - the other side of the medical table part two

​In part two of our series about players working on the other side of the medical table, we talk to former All Black and physiotherapist Josh Kronfeld, and sexual health nurse and Black Fern Aleisha-Pearl Nelson.

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Eleven former All Blacks to lace up for a good cause

​A star-studded line-up of mates will join forces on the field and reconnect off it in a bid to raise awareness of diabetes and obesity in Maori and Pacific Islanders when the NZ Barbarian Legends take on the Pacific Legends in Hamilton on Saturday 7 September.

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The other side of the medical table - part one

In this two-part series we talk to former All Blacks, surgeon Jeremy Stanley and physiotherapist Josh Kronfeld, Black Ferns Sevens player Theresa Fitzpatrick, who is working towards becoming a doctor, and Black Fern Aleisha-Nelson Pearl who is a sexual health nurse

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Izzy Dagg tells it straight

Izzy Dagg talks about the good times and challenges and making the decision to retire from professional rugby

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Dillion Hunt wins Highlanders Personal Development Award

​Dillion Hunt has won the Highlanders inaugural Excellence in Personal Development Award at the recent Highlanders Awards evening.

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For the Players

Personal Development Managers from around the country gathered for their bi-annual conference focusing on their role supporting player's off field life.

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Building a future outside of rugby

In the Southland Rugby Academy players are literally building a future for themselves. The players are working on dual careers by doing apprenticeships while participating in the rugby academy programme. Now the NZRPA has teamed up with BCITO and developed a special programme to offer professional players the option to start apprenticeships while still playing.

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Players call on World Rugby and Unions for 'meaningful engagement'

International Rugby Players has committed to Thursday’s global competition discussions in order to explore options and see if a constructive solution for the game can be found.

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Players highlight “major concerns” around World Rugby’s proposed International Competition

​The world’s top players have warned of serious “player welfare and integrity concerns” around World Rugby’s proposed competition structure for the global game

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2018 Player Personal Development Award Finalists and Winner Announced

The annual off-field awards finalists and winner for the 2018 Player Personal Development Programme are announced

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NZRPA Players' 2018 Player Award Results

​The annual New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association Players’ awards have taken place with the players voting via text for their 2018 Player of the Year in seven different categories.

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Fa’amausili and Mealamu receive the 2018 NZRPA Kirk Award

Two of the most respected and highly capped people to play rugby, Fiao’o Fa’amausili and Keven Mealamu, have been honoured by their peers, by becoming the latest recipients of the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association’s Kirk Award.

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Kendra Cocksedge collects trio at ASB Rugby Awards

Kendra Cocksedge has become the first woman in history to win the highest accolade in New Zealand rugby when she won the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial player of the year at the 2018 ASB Rugby Awards.

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Part two - Players' Restaurants and Cafes around the globe

Colin Slade in Pau, Casey Laulala in Paris, Michael Leitch in Tokyo and Tevita Koloamatangi from Nelson share their learnings from life in business.

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Players' Restaurants and Cafes around the globe - Part one

In this two-part series, we talk to Colin Slade, Andy Ellis, Reuben Thorn, Casey Laulala, Michael Leitch, Tevita Koloamatangi and Dean Sheppard, who have all opened restaurants and cafes around the globe.

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International Player Survey Results Announced

A wide-ranging survey of international players has revealed what they believe are the major focus areas for the global game.

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Blyde and Retallick win at World Rugby Awards

​Black Ferns Sevens speedster Michaela Blyde has picked up her second consecutive World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year and Brodie Retallick won the IRP try of the year at the World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo today.

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Police After Players

​The New Zealand Police are after players. With a strong focus on recruitment, the police see rugby players and other athletes as an ideal fit due to the large number of transferrable skills they possess. Team work, fitness, good decision-making, time keeping, relationship building and performing under pressure are all attributes that are used both in rugby and in the police, which is why they are keen to target players as potential recruits.

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NZRPA & NZR Agent Scam Notification

NZRPA & NZR have recently become aware of a scam targeting rugby players and clubs in Australia, which could easily be replicated here in New Zealand.

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Rugby takes on cricket in the Black Clash sporting challenge

Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum, Kieran Read and Sir Graham Henry are among the Kiwi sporting heavyweights who will come together at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval for a truly unique sporting challenge on January 25

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Support for Kiwis playing in Japan

While in Japan, Fiona Brading from the NZRPA connected with Kiwi players from 15 different Japanese teams.

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New Zealand holds all four Rugby World Cups

New Zealand’s Black Ferns and All Blacks Sevens teams claimed back-to-back Rugby World Sevens titles this weekend when both teams lifted winners’ trophies in San Francisco, meaning the country holds the four Rugby World Cups again.

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NZRPA Rugby Club connects players

The NZRPA Rugby Club held their Auckland event on Friday with a group of past men and women players gathering together.

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Fiao'o Fa'amausili in the Queen's Birthday honours list

​Black Ferns captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili has become an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her Services to Rugby in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday honours list

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Former Highlanders players gather for NZRPA Rugby Club event in Dunedin

Former players enjoyed sharing valuable learnings with each other from their transition experience and telling stories at the recent NZRPA Rugby Club event in Dunedin

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International Rugby Players Men's Sevens survey results announced

The results from an International Rugby Players Men's Sevens survey conducted across all 15 core team have been announced

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Piri Weepu making a comeback

​One of the real characters of New Zealand rugby is set to return to our TV screens, but this time he won’t have his rugby boots on.

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Double gold for New Zealand Sevens teams at Commonwealth Games

​The New Zealand men’s and women’s sevens teams have claimed gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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Historic Black Ferns Professional Performance Programme Announced

In an historic first for the women’s rugby 15s game, New Zealand Rugby and the New Zealand Rugby Players Association have negotiated a formal Black Ferns professional performance programme.

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NZRPA 2017 Player Personal Development Annual Awards finalists and winner announced

The annual NZRPA Player Personal Development Awards celebrate some of the impressive achievements made by players off the field.

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NZRPA 2017 Player Awards

The NZRPA members have voted in their annual player awards.

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DJ Forbes receives NZRPA Kirk Award

Sevens icon DJ Forbes was honoured by his peers when he was awarded the prestigious Kirk Award for recognition of his outstanding contribution to his fellow professional players.

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Black Ferns named adidas Team of the Year at 2017 ASB Rugby Awards in Auckland

The Black Ferns have been named adidas Team of the Year for the first time ever, topping off a night of successes for the World Champions and women’s rugby at the 2017 ASB Rugby Awards in Auckland.

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World Players Association launches Universal Declaration of Player Rights

The world’s leading player associations unveiled the Universal Declaration of Player Rights (the Declaration) to protect players from ongoing and systemic human rights violations in global sport.

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Barrett, Coles, Smith and Paku pay tribute to Steve Symonds

Players pay tribute to Hurricanes Personal Development Manager Steve Symonds

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ASB 2017 Rugby Awards Nominations Announced

Champion teams the Black Ferns, New Zealand Under 20, and the Crusaders, have been nominated for Team of the Year at New Zealand’s biggest celebration of rugby, the 2017 ASB Rugby Awards

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Six Awards go to New Zealand players at World Rugby Players Awards

Beauden Barrett, Portia Woodman, Rieko Ioane, Michaela Blyde, Richie McCaw and Black Ferns win awards at World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo.

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Jonah Lomu remembered

As the second anniversary of the passing of global rugby superstar Jonah Lomu approaches his wife and children honour the memory of their husband and father.

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McCaw & Sexton spearhead deal with World Rugby for International Rugby Players Association

Co-presidents of the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA), Richie McCaw and Jonathan Sexton have helped drive an historic deal with World Rugby that gives professional players an even stronger voice in the game

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NZRPA and NZR confirm Black Fern negotiations

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the New Zealand Rugby Players Association (NZRPA) have confirmed that they will enter discussions around the future terms of engagement for elite women’s 15-a-side player

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Making a difference at the Chiefs and beyond

While driving to work one day, a statistic came on the radio stating that 72 per cent of New Zealanders are not happy in the work they are doing, Judy Clement is keen to change that.

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Steamers players become Education Ambassadors

Bay of Plenty Rugby Steamers have partnered up to become Education Ambassadors to benefit their community

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Sportspeople share their knowledge to help businesses perform under pressure

Performing under pressure is something that athletes and coaches know and understand extremely well, and it is those highly valuable skills obtained through sports that the business sector will be eagerly tapping into at the 2017 Performing Under Pressure Business Summit to be held in Auckland on 25 October.

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All Black Sevens programme to be centralised

A new home base for the All Blacks Sevens is unveiled as centralised sevens programme begins

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Mitre 10 Cup rugby players speak out about mental health

This weekend’s round of the Mitre 10 Cup is focused on promoting awareness of mental health to help address New Zealand’s high rates of mental illness and reduce the stigma associated with getting help, ahead of New Zealand Mental Health Awareness Week next week, 9-15 October.

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Game changer for former Crusader and Chiefs player

​A throwaway joke to Sir Peter ‘The Mad Butcher’ Leitch at a Super Rugby promo about opening up a Mad Butcher store after he finished playing rugby ended up becoming a reality for former Crusader and Chiefs player, Dan Perrin.

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Educating week for young players

Over 400 young players took part in a week of camaraderie, off field education and exciting rugby at the Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 Tournament

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Tim Mikkelson has them flocking in

Tim Mikkelson has scored over 180 tries on the rugby field, but having something to throw his energy into off the field when things didn’t quite go to plan on it was just what the New Zealand Sevens player needed after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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World Players Association Launches landmark global standard for athlete development & wellbeing

The World Players Association today launched a landmark standard to underpin holistic player and athlete development and wellbeing across the globe. The World Player Development, Wellbeing, Transition and Retirement Standard, Paris 2017 (Standard) addresses the acute need for sport to raise its investment in players as people as well as athletes.

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Animal Instincts

Michaela Blyde already has an eye on the future after rugby. She has experienced highs and lows and been on what she calls a steep learning curve, gaining some valuable lessons.

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Holiday franchise camps kick off

The first week of the school holidays has seen over 270 young rugby players take part in the U18’s franchise camps for Year 12 and 13 students.

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Brad Shields walking in someone else's shoes

Last month Hurricanes and Wellington Lions forward Brad Shields spent his spare time walking a mile in someone else’s shoes – actually, make that 149 miles (or 240 kilometres). It was part of the Red Cross Journey challenge, and all that walking helped raise over $43,000 for Red Cross services

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Outward Bound - Pushing yourself to the limits

​When you mention Outward Bound to people, they usually conjure up images of people pushing themselves to the limits, getting right out of their comfort zones and sleeping alone out in the bush - we ask Lincoln McClutchie if this is true

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Michael Jones Knighted in Queen's Birthday honours list

Michael Niko Jones Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Pacific community and youth

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NZRPA Farewells David GIbson

It is with a tinge of sadness but also with immense pride that the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association (NZRPA) farewells General Manager David Gibson, who is leaving to take up the role of General Manager for North Harbour Rugby.

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New PDM's for two South Island teams

Former Silver Ferns Belinda Colling and Maree Bowden have been appointed as Personal Development Managers for the Otago and Canterbury Rugby Unions respectively.

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Angus Macdonald still cleaning up

Angus Macdonald loved cleaning up rucks and mauls as a player and now he’s transferring that passion into cleaning up properties with a new rubbish removal venture called Skippy bins.

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Campaign launched to tackle mental health in rugby

The website, headfirst.co.nz, offers players, parents, coaches, referees, volunteers and supporters a resource to get information about mental fitness, mental health and wellbeing.

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World Rugby announces historic agreement on long-term calendar harmony

Unprecedented emerging rugby powers integration, commercial certainty for all unions and enhanced player welfare are central principles of a ground-breaking international rugby calendar, approved by World Rugby’s Executive Committee.

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Concussion gets the Blue Card

​All adult rugby games in the 14 largest Provincial Rugby Unions will be showing concussion the Blue Card this season, where referees can issue a Blue Card to a player suspected of receiving an on-field concussion during a game.

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Players pay tribute to Sione Lauaki

New Zealand Rugby Players Association (NZRPA) expresses great sadness over the passing of former All Black player Sione Lauaki.

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Patrick Tuipulotu cleared of doping

​Lock Patrick Tuipulotu has been cleared of any wrongdoing after he was fully exonerated by the results of an anti-doping test. He is now cleared to return to rugby immediately. ​

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Blues to play Super Rugby match in Samoa

The Blues will play the Reds in Apia in the first Super Rugby match to be held in Samoa in June

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Black Ferns Sevens Squad Announced for 2017

​Selectors have announced a squad of 20 contracted players for 2017 for the Olympic Silver medal winning Black Ferns Sevens, made up of 18 fully-contracted players and two training contracts, leaving a further spot to filled later in the year.

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Justin Collins receives the NZRPA Kirk Award

Former long-serving NZRPA board member Justin (Gus) Collins was presented with the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association Kirk Award at the ASB Rugby Awards held in Auckland.

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Barrett Brothers dominate rugby awards

The Barrett brothers have scooped up four awards between them with Beauden Barrett winning Player of the Year and Super Rugby Player of the Year and younger brother Jordie Barrett picking up Age Grade Player of the Year and Mitre 10 Cup Player of the Year.

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Former Player Dr Farah Palmer first woman on NZR Board

Three-times World Cup winning captain and World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee, Dr Farah Palmer (ONZM) has been elected to the Board of New Zealand Rugby (NZR).

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New Collective Employment Agreement for New Zealand Rugby

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the New Zealand Rugby Players Association (NZRPA) have signed a new Collective Employment Agreement for professional rugby players in New Zealand from 2016 to 2018.

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Kirk Award to be presented at ASB Awards

NZRPA Kirk Award named after founding Chairman David Kirk will be presented at the ASB Rugby Awards

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All Blacks and Barrett winners at World Rugby Awards

The All Blacks have won Team of the Year for the seventh straight year, 47-Test first five-eighth Beauden Barrett has won Player of the Year for the first time

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Kiwi's nominated for Rugby World Awards

New Zealand has a strong representation of nominees at the World Rugby Player Awards

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Sevens Personal Development Manager Vacancy

New Zealand Rugby and the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association seek applicants for the full time position of Sevens Personal Development Manager

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Crusaders Personal Development Manager Vacancy

The New Zealand Rugby Union, the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association and the Crusaders Franchise seek applicants for the full time position of Personal Development Manager (PDM).

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Players help produce kids rugby magazine

A group of New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association members have joined forces to support a new initiative for kids by taking part in the production of a monthly rugby magazine exclusively for the younger audience.

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Richie, Mahe, Val, Hamish & Gilbert join Business Summit

An elite group of global champions featuring Olympic Gold medallists and sporting world champions are joining forces with business to present at a unique business summit in Auckland. The group includes Valerie Adams, Richie McCaw, Mahe Drysdale, Hamish Carter and All Blacks Mental Skills Coach Gilbert Enoka.

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Clean sports initiative to target high schools

​Some of New Zealand’s top high school athletes are in line to receive specialist clean sport education from 2017 with a new initiative for secondary schools launching this month.

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Silver for Sevens

​The New Zealand Women’s sevens team have won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics after they fought back in a gutsy performance against Australia.

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Hurricanes win first Super Rugby title

The Hurricanes have won their first Investec Super Rugby title after a 20-3 victory over the Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

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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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Players Connect in Christchurch

​A group of former rugby players gathered for the NZRPA Rugby Club 2016 Christchurch event on Friday.

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Rugby Players Reconnect

​A group of thirty former rugby players gathered together on Saturday night for the New Zealand Rugby Players Association Rugby Club’s Auckland event.

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Sports commit to diversity and inclusion through #sportforeveryone

​Sport-led approach to target greater inclusion in sport regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and ability has been launched with New Zealand Rugby, New Zealand Football, New Zealand Cricket, New Zealand Rugby League, Netball New Zealand and Hockey New Zealand have committed to establishing a framework for diversity and inclusion.

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NZRPA supports Auckland Transport to help improve the safety of young drivers

​The New Zealand Rugby Players Association (NZRPA) is supporting an initiative by Auckland Transport to improve the safety of young drivers in Auckland by encouraging and supporting some of their younger players to move through the drivers licence system.

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Friends unite in the name of rugby

​A group of former players assembled in Hamilton on Saturday night for the first New Zealand Rugby Players Association 'Rugby Club' event of 2016.

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