Ethan Waller has been elected Rugby Players Association (RPA) Chair.
The Worcester Warriors prop takes on the role from Mark Lambert following his outstanding three-year term. As his club’s RPA representative for the past two years, Waller has played a pivotal role in key discussions in the game. The RPA said he is a prime example of a player who achieves success both on and off the pitch, winning the RPA Vodafone Gain Line Award last season for his efforts outside of rugby. His desire to put his fellow players at the forefront of his decision making illustrates he will make an excellent chair. Ethan said: “I’m delighted to be stepping into this new role after my last few years with the RPA. Mark Lambert has done an exceptional job as Chairman and having him to learn from will be invaluable. I care deeply about player welfare and the sport that we are all lucky enough to call a profession, but I do believe there are some fundamental improvements that can be made, with the assistance of the RPA as a collective. I’m looking forward to doing my part to make the profession and the game safer, more enjoyable, and rewarding for each and every player.”
Jake Cooper-Woolley of Sale Sharks has been elected as Vice Chair.
RPA Group CEO Damian Hopley said: “On behalf of all the members and team at The RPA we want to extend a very sincere and big thank you to Mark and Phil for their incredible contribution to the Players’ Board and the game during their time in office. Mark has consistently held the players’ best interest at heart and been a voice of reason in these unparalleled times, while Phil has been a crucial pillar of support throughout. They leave the game and the RPA in a better place and we are excited to be working with Ethan and Jake at a time when player welfare has never been more imperative to all stakeholders.”