For Players

Player Development Program

The RUPA Player Development Program (PDP) commenced in 2001, providing direct and specialist support to professional players, past and present.

The program is implemented directly within each professional program by a full-time Player Development Manager (PDM), employed by RUPA but embedded within each team setup.

There are six key pillars which have been identified within the PDP. These pillars are:

  • Career & Education: Creating and advancing employment options for life after Rugby
  • Wellbeing: Managing the lifestyle and mental pressures of professional sport
  • Financial Management: Implementing effective strategies for saving and financial security
  • Cultural Awareness: Understanding (Pasifika) cultures and fostering inclusion
  • Personal Toolkit: Advancing valuable skills to implement in life on and off the field
  • Integrity & Obligations: Educating players of their responsibility to the game

Training & Education is serviced through not only PDMs, but also through RUPA's T & E Grants system which contributes to the costs associated with study, including tuition fees, for eligible past and present players.

A 2012 survey of the full-time professional playing group found that 75% of Australia's Super Rugby players believed they performed better when undertaking some form of training or education program off the field, with further benefits associated with transition out of the game for those who have developed skills which will assist them in gaining employment post-Rugby.

A Player Development Program Committee has been established as a collaboration between RUPA and the governing bodies. Click here to see who is currently serving on the PDP Committee.

Click here for information about the RUPA Players' Alumni.

For information on the Player Development Program, contact James Holbeck.