It’s been another busy winter for the RUPA Players’ Alumni, led by Patrick Phibbs.
In late July, RUPA collaborated with The Rugby Club Foundation to host a Sports Business Evening at The Establishment, with seventeen past and current players heading along.
The purpose of the event was to link Rugby and business, with MC Sean Maloney hosting a panel featuring past players (Owen Finegan, Mark Gerrard and David McDuling) who have leveraged networks they developed while playing Rugby in their transition into their next career.
Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens players Matthew Hood and Ben O’Donnell spoke about what they’re doing to prepare for life after Rugby, with the assistance of RUPA’s Player Development Program, with the event also providing RUPA and The Rugby Club Foundation’s partners with a networking opportunity based around a shared love of the game.
The Rugby Club Foundation and RUPA will continue to work together on hosting further opportunities such as this, including incorporating The Rugby Club Foundation within RUPA Players’ Alumni events at Super Rugby matches around the country in 2020.
Players who attended: Adam Byrnes, Cameron Crawford, Tony Daly, Sam Figg, Owen Finegan, Damien Fitzpatrick, Mark Gerrard, Mollie Gray, Matthew Hood, Ed Jenkins, Tom Kingston, David McDuling, Rod Moore Ben O’Donnell, Benn Robinson, Jim Stewart, Steve Talbot and Warwick Waugh.
With the Bledisloe Cup heading to Perth for the first time in 2019, it represented a perfect opportunity to host our first function in the West this year.
The function coincided with the Western Force’s Global Rapid Rugby match against the Malaysian Valke the night before the Wallabies took on New Zealand, with eleven players heading along to the game with RUPA to enjoy one another’s company and discuss where they are, what they’re doing and how they can help one another.
Players who attended: Richard Brown, Luke Burton, Pat Dellit, Owen Finegan, Tom Hockings, James Holbeck, Jono Owens, Harry Scoble, Chris Tuatara-Morrison, Justin Turner and Ryan Tyrell.
Finally, the RUPA Players’ Alumni was out in office in Parramatta last week for the latest RUPA + PageGroup Networking Breakfast.
PageGroup, the official Recruitment Partner of RUPA, invite some of their top clients to attend four annual breakfasts, all around the country, where current and former Rugby players share high performance insights, their transition experience, speak a little bit of Rugby, and more.
With the Wallabies hosting Samoa at Bankwest Stadium the following day, over 150 people attended the function held at Deloitte’s Parramatta offices. The Breakfasts also represent a wonderful opportunity for members of the RUPA Players’ Alumni to boost their own networks and promote what they’re doing now.
Players who attended: Adam Byrnes, James Holbeck, Alex Newsome, Beau Robinson, Jim Stewart, Warwick Waugh and Chris Whitaker.