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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Job Vacancy with NZRPA & NZCPA

We are now searching for a talented administrator to join our team.

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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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Inspiring times

Personal Development Managers (PDM’s) from across the country, NZR and NZRPA staff were inspired by some special guest speakers when they gathered for their bi-annual conference in Auckland on Wednesday.

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Woodcock and Mealamu receive their investitures

​All Black centurions and Rugby World Champions Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock both received their Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit medal today.

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$650,000 Invested into Rugby Players Futures

​The Pacific Island Players Association (PIPA) and the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) have today announced a ground-breaking initiative for rugby players in the Pacific Island region that will deliver off-field career and education support through a fully integrated Player Personal Development Programme.

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Dan Carter and All Blacks win Laureus Awards

​New Zealand Rugby player Dan Carter won the prestigious Laureus Comback of the Year Award and the All Blacks won the Laureus Team of the Year Award in Berlin at the Laureus 2016 World Sports Awards.

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Young Rugby Player loses battle with Cancer

New Zealand Rugby Players Association (NZRPA) expresses great sadness over the passing of former Super Rugby player Kurtis Haiu.

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Over $295,000 raised for Cure Kids

Richie McCaw and the Cure Kids team have crossed the finish line at GODZone Chapter Five. Rob Nichol, Sarah Fairmaid, Ben Meyer and McCaw took five days and one hour to race 539km through Nelson/Tasman.

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Law trials for New Zealand domestic competitions in 2016

The trials are part of a cyclical law review undertaken by World Rugby every four years

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Guidance available for schools on supplement use

with alarming international trends in youth sports doping, has prompted a number of organisations to band together to provide some guidelines for principals, coaches, students and parents.

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Cure Kids team enter day 5 of GODZone Adventure

Richie McCaw and the Cure Kids team summited Mt Owen as the sun rose on the fifth day of their GODZone adventure.

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Team Cure Kids focus on fundraising at GODZone Adventure

​Raising funds and awareness for Cure Kids will be the focus of Cure Kids team members Rob Nichol, Richie McCaw, Sarah Fairmaid and Ben Meyer when they step across the GODZone event start line this Saturday in the Nelson/Tasman district.

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Well-prepared Paku milks position in new career

"I knew that, when I finished playing, I wanted to run my own business, so I was working towards that while I was playing."

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Rugby Players Awarded New Years Honours

Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock and Conrad Smith have been awarded on the Queen's New Years Honours list

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Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust for Jonah's Children

The NZRPA established an independent trust with the sole purpose of providing for the welfare of Jonah's boys Dhyreille and Brayley and the education and pastoral care they both deserve and that Jonah would have desired so much for them

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Ma'a Nonu named Player of the Year

The All Blacks have swept the major awards at tonight’s Steinlager Rugby Awards following their historic back-to-back Rugby World Cup triumph in the United Kingdom last month.

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All Blacks dominate Rugby awards

World Champion All Blacks dominate 2015 Steinlager Rugby Awards nominations

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All Black Legend Richie McCaw to race at 2016 GODZONE with Cure Kids team

It has been announced today that the most capped test rugby player of all time and All Black legend Richie McCaw, who led the All Blacks to two world cup victories will be competing in the 2016 GODZone adventure race.

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Young players encouraged to focus on healthy diets

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the New Zealand Rugby Players Association (NZRPA) are expanding education for young players to encourage them to eat healthy diets

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Mils Muliaina charges dropped

All charges that were bought against rugby player Mils Muliaina by the South Wales Police have been withdrawn.

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