Ryan Jones has joined the Welsh Rugby Players Association as a Non-Executive. Ryan, most recently the Welsh Rugby Union’s Performance Director, has become the latest in an influx of high-profile appointments to the WRPA Non-Executive, following last week’s announcement that commercial supremo Chris Brindley MBE had also joined.
Former Wales Captain, Ryan achieved 75 caps for Wales (33 as Wales Captain), won 3 Grand Slams and represented the British & Irish Lions. He also captained the Ospreys between 2007-2010, winning 4 Pro 12 titles and appearing 150 times for his region.
On joining the WRPA Non-Executive, Ryan Jones said:
“It’s a great time to get involved with the WRPA. They have made really positive progress recently and have done some incredible work representing their members in a difficult time. It is evident they are becoming a very influential and professional association. They have a clear plan of where they are heading, and I hope my own experiences of the game can help them in this journey. Player welfare & player representation is crucial, and I am confident they will continue to drive forward in these areas.
"I want to continue to give back to the game that has given so much to me, and I am determined to help players currently playing but also those transitioning out of the game.”
On the appointment, WRPA Chairman and Ospreys forward, James King, said:
“As a former teammate of Ryan’s, I know first-hand the level of energy and determination he brings. It is essential we have the breadth of knowledge that Ryan has both on and off the pitch in our association. I have absolutely no doubt that he will add huge value and will ensure that the players’ voice is heard on all important issues affecting our game.”
Barry Cawte, WRPA Chief Executive, said:
“We are honoured to have a former player of Ryan’s standing giving up his time to help us. His achievements speak for themselves. He also has a unique understanding of the administration of the game, which will add significant value to the work we do. This appointment represents a significant step forward for us as an association. We want to ensure world-class representation is given to our members and having world-class people in our association is essential to delivering that.”
About The WRPA
A not-for-profit professional association, the Welsh Rugby Players Association (WRPA) represents, develops, promotes and protects professional rugby players in Wales. The WRPA is a member of the International Rugby Players, the international association responsible for representing all professional players around the world.
The WRPA is mandated by its members to act in their collective best interest in relation to player welfare and issues affecting the game in Wales. The association acts as a conduit for member concerns and provides a platform whereby issues surrounding their welfare can be raised at the highest levels by the Executive Board.
The WRPA Personal Development Programme (PDP) assists players in achieving a sporting/lifestyle balance during their careers and encourages them to maximise the opportunities that are open to them as professional rugby players. In doing so it ultimately makes the transition out of their professional playing career and into future employment as smooth as possible.
The WRPA provides players with resources to help with public speaking, media skills and leadership. It advises players on social media usage and how to make the best use of their professional brand. It is through the personal brand promotion that the WRPA aims to encourage as many aspiring players as possible to continue on their rugby journey so that no talent is lost or investment wasted.
The WRPA continually engages and runs initiatives to protect the game in Wales. If it stands to either negatively impact the game or the welfare of players, the WRPA aims to ensure it is tackled.