The New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association was founded by New Zealand’s professional rugby players as their independent representative body in 1999.

Through the NZRPA, the players work with the game’s administration to address player welfare and to contribute to the ongoing development of the game. The NZRPA helps players support each other, helps them take advantage of commercial opportunities and helps them understand and deal with life as professional sportspeople, and ensures they have an organised and credible voice at the decision making table.

The NZRPA is a founding member of the International Rugby Players’ Association, and has strong national and international links with a number of player associations and other entities across multiple sports and other industries. Professional rugby players are talented individuals who, with the right environment, leadership and support, have the ability to achieve and inspire success in the game and, more importantly, in life. The NZRPA helps make this a reality.

IT IS THROUGH THE NZRPA THAT THE PLAYERS’ INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE ROLE WITHIN PROFESSIONAL RUGBY IS DEFINED AND ACTIVATED.