April 2017, saw the WRPA host their AGM with over one hundred professional rugby players from all four regions join to discuss the future of the association. ”.
Topics such as player welfare, governance and the personal development programming were at the forefront of discussions. Members also decided on the formation of a new charity to support players in time of hardship and career transition. Players nominated Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Blues), Lloyd Ashley(Ospreys) and Lewis Evens (Dragons) to be the trustees of “2 nd Half". The WRPA were also pleased to be joined by alumni member and ex Wales Scarlets and Cardiff Blues player Harry Robinson. Harry, was interviewed by CEO, Andries Pretorius and shared an insight into the reality of sustaining a career ending injury at a young age, the process of transition into post-rugby career. This initiative to engage with a former player was exceptionally well received by the players on the night and will form a part of the newly established personal development program for the 2017/18 season.
Following the conclusion of the evening Chairman Ken Owens commented that “It was pride for me firstly. To see three quarters of all the players in Wales in one room gives the WRPA a massive mandate and support going forward. It was also great to see new boys putting their hands up and being selected to become trustees and to join the executive committee in driving the WRPA forward and supporting our own”.