For Players

Career and Education
Training and Education Grant

RUPA offers industry-leading Training & Education (T&E) Grants for current and recently retired players as an incentive to pursue study options away from Rugby.

The scheme was introduced in 2001 and has provided professional players with over $5.5 million in reimbursement grants since it has been in operation. The scheme recognises that players have a finite time as professionals to prepare for their next careers and, through the Player Development Program, RUPA are proud to support the ongoing education and future aspirations of our members.

Each year, Super Rugby, Sevens Members and eligible RUPA Players' Alumni members are able to seek reimbursement for their previous year’s training and education expenses, in accordance with respective player meeting the following criteria (all reimbursements are retrospective:

- At least passing their subjects/courses;

-Providing evidence of completion and payment; and

- Being within the scope of reimbursement eligibility

To find out who is eligible, what you are eligible to claim and how the career cap works, download the 2023 fact-sheet here.

For more information, speak to your Player Development Manager (PDM) or contact James Holbeck.

Player Development Manager

Each Super Rugby franchise has a Player Development Manager (PDM) embedded in the team. The PDM is there to run the Player Development Program and to work with its members on off-field individual development plans. 

BDO

Providing financial services to contracted players. Players have access to one-on-one sessions with BDO financial specialists, in consultation with their PDM, at VIP pricing. BDO also offer each Super Rugby Team group seminars on financial literacy to assist them in understanding more about savings, investments, tax, super and financial identity. For more information contact Ananya Bhindi

Robert Walters

Providing both players with one-on-one OR group appointments with recruitment specialists to develop vocational skills in CV writing, LinkedIn, networking and career development, to assist them in their transition journey. Robert Walters also provide players with a toolbox of resources in identifying other areas of career interest outside of rugby. For more information, please contact Ananya Bhindi

See below resources from Robert Walters designed specifically for RUPA members to assist in building their vocational skills:

Networking Events

Each club has access to RUPA's commercial network, to leverage connections and eventual job opportunities post rugby. RUPA hosts annual networking events within each club for players who are interested in connecting with industry leaders and maximising opportunities for life off the field.

Health and Wellbeing
PaxAnimi® Estate Planning

Past and present RUPA Members, as well as their family members, have access to VIP pricing, negotiated specifically for RUPA members. The PaxAnimi® service includes all legal advice and guidance to form and execute wills (including testamentary trusts), powers of attorney and guardianship documents, online. To access, please contact Ananya Bhindi.

Skin Checks

Free skin checks are offered to all Super Rugby contracted players through local providers.

End of Career Insurance - Gallagher Insurance

With offices in more than 130 countries, Gallagher is one of the leading insurance brokerage, risk management and employee benefits companies in the world. Click here to read more.

Contact Alex Grygiel for further information.

Hardship Fund

Contact Alex Grygiel for further information.

Benestar

RUPA and Rugby Australia has partnered with Benestar to offer players and their families confidential services and counselling. Contact your PDM for further information.

Clinical Psychology

Players have access to confidential clinical psychology session. Contact your PDM for further information.

Harvey Norman

Players have access to VIP pricing at Harvey Norman. Contact Ananya Bhindi to receive discounted rates.

Other Benefits

To access more specialised player benefits, contact your PDM.