NZRPA Board

David Kirk MBE — President

David Kirk is a former New Zealand rugby union player best known for having been the captain of the All Blacks when they won the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. A medical doctor, Rhodes Scholar and former parliamentary advisory, David was awarded an MBE in the 1998 New Year Honours for services to rugby. David has held many senior roles in a variety of organisations including CEO of Fairfax Media and Chairman of Trade Me. He continues to sit on several boards and is a trustee of several charities. The author of two books was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in 2011.

Kerry Stotter — Independent

Mr. Kerry Stotter was a Partner at KPMG. He retired from the firm in 1999 after 32 years, subsequently working in directorships, governance advisory and in governance of NGOs. Mr. Stotter is currently a director and chairman of two Board committees at The Hobsonville Land Company Ltd. He previously held directorships and was Chairman, at Waste Disposal Services, Stracon Holdings Ltd and Sea+City Projects Ltd a subsidiary of Auckland Regional Holdings, where he was also a director. He was a director at Waterfront Auckland from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Stotter was a trustee and chairman of Presbyterian Support Northern, a former trustee of Choirs of Aotearoa NZ and is currently a Board member of the New Zealand Rugby Players Association.

Shane Christie — Player Representative

Flanker Shane Christie has played at nearly every level rugby has to offer. The Maori All Black and former All Black Sevens player is the current captain of the Tasman Mako’s and plays for the Highlanders Super Rugby team who won the championship in 2015. Christie has also played for the Crusaders.

Justin Collins — Player Representative

Justin Collins or Gus as he is known by is a Super Rugby centurion, having played for over 10 years in the competition. The sales representative played as a loose forward for both the Blues and Chiefs Super Rugby teams and played an impressive 114 matches for Northland in the Provincial competition. The Tasmanian born, father of two is a long-serving Board member of the Players Association.

DJ Forbes — Player Representative

DJ Forbes is an All Black sevens double Commonwealth Games gold medalist and has been part of the World Series winning side on numerous occasions. The former national sevens captain and father of two has been playing the short form of the game since 2006 and is a previous World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year winner. Forbes also played in the National Provincial Championship for Counties Manukau and has been on the New Zealand Players Association Board since 2014.

Sarah Goss — Player Representative

Sarah Goss is a highly successful women’s player and has a Seven’s Rugby World Cup title to her name. The forward has captained the Manawatu side to victory in the 2013 National Women’s Sevens and also plays for Manawatu in the National Women’s Competition. From a rural background, Goss has competed in the prestigious Golden Shears competition and was a World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year nominee in 2015.

Jerome Kaino — Player Representative

Double Rugby World Cup winner, All Black Jerome Kaino captains the Blues Super Rugby team and plays for Auckland in the Provincial competition. He also spent two seasons playing for Toyota Verblitz in Japan between the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. Kaino player proudly grew up in South Auckland and was awarded the IRB International Under-21 player of the year in 2004. The American Samoan born loose forward is married with three children.

Huriana Manuel — Player Representative

Huriana Manuel is one of the stars of women’s international rugby. A dual New Zealand representative, having played for both the Black Ferns and the New Zealand Women’s Sevens team, Manuel has multiple titles to her name including Rugby World Cups, Sevens Series and captained New Zealand to victory in the Sevens World Cup in Russia. She has also won numerous Women’s National Provincial titles with Auckland. The centre is the daughter of former Black Fern Liza Mihinui.

Richie McCaw ONZ — Player Representative

Kurow born Richie McCaw is New Zealand’s most successful rugby player. The former back-to-back World Cup winning All Black captain has played a world record 148 Test matches. He was the first All Blacks test centurion and has also played 145 times for the Crusaders Super Rugby team, winning four Super Rugby titles. The open side flanker represented New Zealand in the U19’s and U21’s age grades. He has won multiple awards including World Rugby player of the Year three times, the Kelvin R Tremain New Zealand Player of the Year four times and the Halberg Award for New Zealand Sportsman of the year twice and the NZRPA Players’ Player of the Year Award multiple times. Richie is the President for the Southern Hemisphere for the International Players Association.

Conrad Smith — Player Representative

Taranaki born centre Conrad Smith is a double Rugby World Cup winning All Black. Smith has played for the All Blacks for over a decade. The Bachelor of Law graduate and former age grade cricket player has captained the Hurricanes and played for in the National Provincial Championship for Wellington. From a sporting family, both Conrad’s uncle and great-uncle were All Blacks. The proud father is currently playing oversea in France for Pau.

Victor Vito — Player Representative

Victor is also a double Rugby World Cup winning All Black. The loose forward plays his Super Rugby for the Hurricanes and Wellington in the National Provincial Championship. Victor has also played Sevens for New Zealand and captained the New Zealand U19’s side in 2006 which saw him nominated for the IRB Under 19 Player of the Year. He has played for New Zealand Under 21’s and New Zealand Schools. Victor is also player representative on the Rugby Athlete Commission.

Luke Whitelock — Player Representative

Palmerston North born Luke Whitelock is from the infamous Whitelock rugby family. He started his representative rugby playing for the New Zealand Under 20’s, winning the IRB Junior World Championship twice in 2010 and 2011 as captain. The loose forward made his debut for Canterbury in 2011 and played for the Crusaders the following year. He played his first All Blacks match on the Northern hemisphere tour at the end of 2013. He is now representing the Highlanders.

Sam Cane — Player Representative

Sam Cane is the Chiefs co-captain. Sam was part of the All Blacks world cup winning team in 2015 and captained the side in one of the pool matches. He made his debut in the black jersey in 2012. A double Super Rugby title winner with the Chiefs, Sam also represented the New Zealand U20's, winning the Junior World Championship. The Reporoa born player is a former New Zealand Age Group Player.

Kieran Read — Player Representative

Kieran Read is the current All Black captain. Born in South Auckland, the double world cup winner has played over 100 matches for the Crusaders. The No 8 was namd the IRB Player of the Year in 2013 and plays his Provincial Rugby for Canterbury.

Sam Whitelock — Player Representative

Sam Whitelock is a double World Cup winning All Black who made his debut for the side in 2010. The Crusader and Canterbury lock grew up in Fielding and represented New Zealand secondary schools, U19's and U20's winning the IRB Junior World Championship in 2008. Sam has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lincoln University and is a talented basketball player.

Ben Smith — Player Representative

Ben Smith is the current All Black vice captain and made his debut for them in 2009. A World Cup 2015 winner and a Super Rugby title holder and centurion, Ben was awarded the Super Rugby Player of the Year title in 2013. The Otago Provincial Union player has won a gold medal at the 2010 Dehli Commonwealth Games with the New Zealand sevens side.

Personal Development Managers

Tim Dow — Northland
+64 277427157
tim.d@northlandrugby.co.nz

Fiona Brading — North Harbour
+64 212368381
fiona@harbourrugby.co.nz

Jo Moore — Auckland
jo.moore@aucklandrugby.co.nz
+64 27541448

Victoria Hood — Blues
+64 274541004
victoria.hood@theblues.co.nz

Kylie Sousa — Counties Manukau
+64 274996540
contactinsight@gmail.com

Judy Clement — Chiefs
+64 274992863
judyc@chiefs.co.nz

Rachel Stephenson — Waikato
+64 21 68 5340
rachels@mooloo.co.nz

Dave Somerset — Bay of Plenty
+64 21826612
david.somerset@cdlinsight.com

Lisa Holland — Taranaki
+64 21488494
lisa@trfu.co.nz

Chris Pollock — Hawkes Bay
+64 274995955
chris.pollock@nzrugby.co.nz

Nikki Gunning — Manawatu
+64 274823817
niki@nikigunning.com

Stephen Symonds — Wellington/ Hurricanes
+64 21492998
steve.symonds@wrfu.co.nz

Patrick Smith — Tasman
+64 212202923
patrick@pshr.co.nz

Mark Ranby — Highlanders
+64 211742777
mark.ranby@highlanders.net.nz

Jason McKenzie — Southland
+64 272832113
jason.mckenzie@xtra.co.nz

Tim Weston — Transitioning & Rugby Club
+64 275525456
tim.weston@nzrpa.co.nz

Emily Downes — Sevens Personal Development Manager
+64 027 245 3499
emily.downes@nzrpa.co.nz

Virginia Le Bas — Crusaders Personal Development Manager
+64 027 271 4508
virginia.lebas@crfu.co.nz

NZRPA Management

Rob Nichol
Chief Executive Officer
+64 21677505
rob.nichol@nzrpa.co.nz

David Gibson
General Manager
+64 21707208
david.gibson@nzrpa.co.nz

Gemma Brown
Commercial Manager & Operations Manager
+64 21819377
gemma.brown@nzrpa.co.nz

Tim Weston
Player Services Manager - Transition, Overseas and Retired
+64 275525456
tim.weston@nzrpa.co.nz

Kevin Senio
Player Services Manager - School & Young Players
+64 277553404
kevin.senio@nzrpa.co.nz

Emily Downes
Sevens Personal Development Manager
+64 027 245 3499
emily.downes@nzrpa.co.nz

Kylie Sousa
Communications Manager
+64 274996540
kylie.sousa@nzrpa.co.nz

Virginia Sullivan
Operations Manager
+64 21654493
virginia.sullivan@nzrpa.co.nz

Steph Bond
Legal
+64 272502227
steph.bond@nzrpa.co.nz

Bronwyn Meek
Accounts
+64 9 6303075
accounts@nzrpa.co.nz

Agents

Warren Dean Charles Alcock — CSM Sport & Entertainment

Postal Address: 2 Heather St, Level 2, Parnell, Auckland
Tel: 03 477 7312
Mobile: 021 532 213
Fax: 03 477 5564
Website: https://www.csm.com/

Qualified as a barrister and solicitor ( BA/LLB (hons) ) I worked as a solicitor with Gallaway Cook Allan for 13 years specializing in sports law before joining Essentially Group full time. I have represented players since 1995 in all areas from contract negotiation, sponsorship, judicial hearings (both on field citings and drug matters) to general advice affecting both a players rugby career and life affairs. I work closely with the NZRU and the NZ Provincial Unions. Our company is a global business to ensure we can service the needs of players when they decide to pursue off shore options.

Henry Bates — CSM Sport & Entertainment

Postal Address: PO Box 9169, Newmarket, Auckland
Address: Level 2, 2 Heather Street, Parnell, Auckland
Tel: 09 354 0291
Mobile: 021 991 636
Website: https://www.csm.com/

Qualified with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Physical Education and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2009. Following my admission to the Bar, I worked as a Junior Crown Counsel in Auckland where I practiced criminal and civil litigation. As a player manager at Essentially Group I represent and advise athletes (both rugby and cricket) on a wide-range of on and off-field matters and specialise in contract negotiation, player placement, sponsorship/commercial matters and judicial/misconduct procedures. My advocacy experience is invaluable when representing sporting clients. I have extensive knowledge of the New Zealand domestic and global rugby market and I am able to utilize Essentially Group’s comprehensive global network when players are looking to explore off-shore opportunities. I am based in Essentially’s Auckland office and travel around New Zealand regularly to service Essentially’s current and prospective clients.

Tim Castle — Tim Castle Barrister

Postal Address: PO Box 10048, Wellington
Address: Level 14, 89 The Terrace
Tel: +64 4 471 0523
Mobile: 021 419 323
Fax: +64 4 471 0672
Website: http://www.capitalchambers.co.nz/castle

I am a barrister in private law practice throughout New Zealand and at times internationally. My work in the law, in sport in NZ and internationally has grown considerably over 30 years. I provide legal strategic advice to national and international umbrella sporting bodies. I provide broad legal, governance and commercial advice to a number of New Zealand's high profile national sporting organisations, athletes and support professionals. I represent as an agent and manager a number of New Zealand and Australian athletes across codes. I am an accredited agent with NZRPA. My work with and for rugby union players in NZ and internationally in particular but also from other sports/codes includes all their image rights positioning, their employment player contracts, their commercial endorsement opportunities and when required their sports judiciary attendances. I have significant experience as a mediator particularly in sport. The two most recent successful and publicly reported meditations are the resolution of the NZ Rugby League v Auckland Rugby League $30m dispute. I was New Zealand''s inaugural appointee to the International Cricket Councils Appeals Commission and Corruption Commission. I am a New Zealand and Wellington Code of Conduct Commissioner since the Cricket World Cup in NZ and Australia 1992. I have been a Ministerial appointee on a number of Ministerial Advisory panels in areas such as Drugs and Anti-doping initiatives nationally and internationally.

Kent Hale — Inside Running

Postal Address: PO Box 24071, Royal Oak, Auckland
Mobile: 021 555 001
Website: http://www.insiderunning.com/

I am a graduate of the BMS degree (Marketing and Human Resource Management) from the University of Waikato. As a founding Director of Inside Running I have built up considerable knowledge and understanding of the rugby landscape both in NZ and abroad. I relate well to others and thoroughly enjoy assisting our clients with their careers both on and off the field. Inside Running has offices in Auckland and Mt Maunganui and represent clients across New Zealand.

Craig Innes — Esportif International NZ Limited

Postal Address: PO Box 56011, Dominion Road, Auckland 1446
Address: 36/332 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Tel: 09 378 9836
Mobile: 021 767 843
Fax: 09 378 9748
Website: http://www.esportif.com/

I am a founding director of Esportif International NZ Limited, a company I formed with Bruce Sharrock in 2001. As a result of having played as a professional for over a twelve year period in both Rugby codes I pride myself on being able to identify directly with our clients and have a clear understanding of what is required to pursue and succeed in Rugby as a career option. During my time as a professional footballer I identified the need for young athletes to surround themselves with good people and sound advice, these being the two key elements that drove me to enter the sports management industry. I have a wealth of local industry knowledge as well as vast experience within the international rugby market which is key to my role as Director of International Operations with Esportif International NZ Limited. I travel to Japan regularly to maintain contact with our clients, the close-knit Rugby community of corporate teams and their management as I do for our colleagues in the UK, France and others major markets.

David O Jones — Jones Young

Postal Address: PO Box 189, Shortland St, Auckland
Address: Level 14, ASB Bank Centre, 135 Albert Street, Auckland
Tel: 09 367 8791
Mobile: 021 630 815
Website: http://www.jonesyoung.co.nz/rugby

I'm a practising commercial and sports lawyer. I act for sportsmen from many sporting disciplines but particularly rugby and America's Cup yachting. Having acted as a manager and agent for rugby players for over 14 years, I am able to provide a depth of advice - whether in contracts, salary negotiations or placement into clubs or provinces in New Zealand or overseas. I enjoy the relationship with players and particularly being able to assist in their professional development. Being a lawyer, I am able to offer add-on services in areas such as property purchases, family trust and business transactions. I charge fees for my work only on an agreed basis per job. I do not charge commissions against a player's salary.

Daniel Kane — Esportif International NZ Limited

Postal Address: PO Box 56011, Dominion Road, Auckland 1446
Address: 36/332 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Tel: 09 378 9836
Mobile: 021 875 868
Fax: 09 378 9748
Website: http://www.esportif.com/

Having been involved in the sports management industry for a number years I have comprehensive knowledge and experience of the environment and rugby landscape within NZ and internationally. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies, played rugby domestically at an NPC level and spent time as a professional player in the UK. I fully understand the needs of rugby players, the pathways to success and the importance of career planning. My personal philosophy sits firmly alongside Esportif International’s with a commitment to provide a proactive and professional service for all clients.

Simon Porter — CSM Sport & Entertainment

Address: 2 Heather St, Level 2, Parnell, Auckland
Tel: 09 921 4250
Mobile: 021 516 906
Fax: 09 357 6800
Website: https://www.csm.com/

I was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1999. Since that time I have specialised in Sports and Employment law having worked at leading law firms in New Zealand as well as having a stint in Essentially's London office. Although I am now based in Essentially's Auckland office, I regularly travel throughout New Zealand, Japan and Europe to service our client's needs. Having spent more than a decade working in the sporting field, I have a wealth of experience in the areas of contract negotiations, sponsorship matters, judicial/disciplinary hearings and the international market.

Mike Rogers — Inside Running

Postal Address: PO Box 4137, Mt Maunganui, 3116
Address: Shop 5, 169 Mt Maunganui Road
Mobile: 021 784 839
Fax: (07) 574 2319
Website: http://www.insiderunning.com/

I'm a graduate of the BMS degree (Accounting) from the University of Waikato and I am also a founding Director of Inside Running. I have five years of experience working in the professional rugby arena and during this time I have built up considerable experience and understanding of the industry and its complexities. I enjoy building personal relationships with my clients and see this as critical in ensuring that we can provide a quality service with a focus on professional development. I am based in Mt Maunganui, we have offices here and in Auckland and we represent clients across New Zealand.

Shane Singe — Top Marque Sports (TMS)

Mobile: 021 480 542
Website: http://www.topmarquesports.com/

With Top Marque Sports (TMS) having an extensive global presence in every major rugby competition in the world, I not only offer New Zealand based rugby players a comprehensive management system but access to the offshore rugby market which can be utilised at the right time in their careers. All our players have individualised plans which are tailored to meet their needs, encompassing both their playing career and also their prospective careers after rugby – this forms a critical cornerstone of our company ethos! While negotiating excellent playing and endorsement contracts is my key focus during a players rugby career, it is also equally satisfying to see our athletes set up for life after hanging up the boots. I have gathered considerable industry knowledge through my work ethic and transparency. I have an open and honest communication style and pride myself on the attention to detail our clients receive. We work extensively with our TMS support network to ensure our players are getting a complete management package

Bruce Sharrock — Esportif International NZ Limited

Postal Address: PO Box 56011, Dominion Road, Auckland 1446
Address: 36/322 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Tel: 09 378 9836
Mobile: 021 487 549
Fax: 09 378 9748
Website: http://www.esportif.com/

Based in Auckland with over 14 years’ experience in sports management I have an extensive knowledge of both the New Zealand Rugby Union Players Collective and NRL Player Contracts. Prior to this I spent 10 years in the corporate financial sector as well as partnering a successful national retail chain. I have proven commercial experience strong negotiations skills and comprehensive knowledge of the NZ and international rugby landscape and structure. I am committed to providing proactive and professional services to all my clients. I am a director of Esportif International NZ Limited who provide professional athlete management services both domestically and internationally.

Dale Cook (Provisional Agent) — CSM Sport & Entertainment

Postal Address: Kensington House 185 Manchester Street Christchurch Central
Address: Kensington House 185 Manchester Street Christchurch Central
Tel: 09 354 0291
Mobile: 021 665 961
Website: https://www.csm.com/

I graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Commerce degree majoring in Finance in 2009 after spending time playing Rugby and Cricket in the UK, after graduating I spent several years in Sydney, Australia working in the Finance Industry. Working in the Finance industry enhanced my professionalism and ensured I have the ability to work alongside a varied array of personalities and clientele. Having worked in the rugby industry for many years now I have built trusted relationships with respected individuals within NZ Rugby circles including Coaches, Academy Managers, Professional Development Managers and Senior Management across Provincial Unions, Super Rugby Franchises, the NZRPA and New Zealand Rugby. I have also built a network of business relationships across many sectors, having sound working relationships within both Rugby and the Corporate worlds ensures my clients and their families can rely on me to give them sound, impartial and knowledgeable advice across several fronts, including the New Zealand Rugby contracting landscape, Global Rugby Markets as well as the ever developing area of Commercial Endorsements and Sponsorships. What is important to me is that this advice is delivered with integrity and honesty. My experience negotiating New Zealand Rugby and overseas contracts in addition to leading the negotiation and activation of Commercial and Sponsorship opportunities on behalf of some of New Zealand rugby’s top players ensures my clients have the peace of mind they are working with a well-rounded, connected and respected Agent. I am based in Christchurch and regularly travel around the South Island and New Zealand, I currently represent a number of Essentially® clients across NZ and overseas playing at the very highest level with dedication and enjoyment.

Ashley Smith (Provisional Agent) — The Ideas Company

Postal Address: PO Box 8151, New Plymouth
Tel: 06 753 7355
Mobile: 0274 330461
Website: www.ideascompany.co.nz

We specialise in developing and implementing player development strategies which will enhance your rugby career. These are personalised to best suit your individual circumstances. We have been responsible for setting up innovative contract opportunities so players can successfully transition from school and provincial rugby to full time professional rugby whilst still planning for your future. We assist a wide range of players - school leavers needing practical support to secure meaningful rugby & work opportunities right through to All Blacks. We have a good working relationship with all rugby unions and we understand what they look for in terms of their player recruitment. Players we work with enjoy additional support from scholarships and/or sponsorship opportunities we source for them. I am a family oriented person, a graduate of Lincoln University, have played and coached rugby overseas and have worked in sports marketing and advertising for over 25 years. You will find us open and transparent, easy to talk to and I welcome the opportunity to discuss your rugby future.

Mark Wilson (Provisional Agent) — Inside Running

Postal Address: PO Box 4137 Mt Maunganui 3116
Mobile: 021 2985900
Website: http://www.insiderunning.com/

I provide a personal approach to representation with a commitment to player welfare. I offer pro-active and prompt service ensuring my clients are kept fully informed of developments. My qualifications and experience in sports management and the education sector enable me to gain a clear and accurate understanding of the needs of individuals, pathway to success and the importance of career planning. I enjoy developing relationships with clients built on trust and mutual respect. Inside Running has offices in Auckland and Mt Maunganui and represent players clients across New Zealand.

Team Representatives

NZRPA Rugby Club Captains