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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 $4 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 2019 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. For more information contact your PDM.

Michael Page

Providing career services to contracted players. For more information contact your PDM.

Health and Wellbeing

Skin Checks

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

End of Career Insurance

Contact Justin Harrison for further information.

Hardship Fund

Contact Justin Harrison 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.