New trustee joins Second Half board

Philip Lane OBE, who earlier in the year became a Non-Executive Member of the Welsh Rugby Players Association (read more about Phil's appointment) increases his involvement in supporting rugby players in Wales by becoming a Trustee of rugby charity Second Half.

Second Half Rugby is the registered charity of the Welsh Rugby Players Association. The charity supports current and former professional rugby players in Wales in times of real hardship. It aims to aid players who find themselves in difficult situations; be it financial, medical, integral or mental health related issues. Often this support is given in the form of financial grants; covering costs incurred after a career-ending injury, such as mortgage payments, rehabilitation support, travel and accommodation costs for family and friends.

This arm of support gives back to those players who have put their bodies on the line for the game. The charity wants to enable players to start their own Second Half as easily and comfortably as possible.

Phil Lane OBE now joins the board of Trustees alongside Osprey and WRPA Chairman James King, Racing Foundation Trustee Linda Bowles (read more about Linda's appointment) and the WRPA’s Barry Cawte and Philippa Hearnden. Lane has experience in charitable work having established the Ewan Lane Music Foundation in honour of his son in 2019.

On the appointment Phil Lane said:

“I am very pleased to be extending my support for rugby players in Wales by becoming a trustee of Second Half. Never has it been more important to provide a mechanism of support for players in a time when professional sport suffers the impact of Covid-19. It is unfortunately inevitable that players may find themselves in significant hardship now and in the coming months and I hope that in this new role I can support players in real times of need”

Welcoming Phil on-board, WRPA Chief Executive and Ospreys player James King said:

"Phil’s record in this industry speaks for itself. We have confidence that he will aid the WRPA in becoming the influential and courageous association it needs to be. The players are really grateful to have the voluntary support of our Non-Executives as we work together to represent, develop, promote and protect professional rugby players in Wales.”

Barry Cawte, WRPA Chief Executive, said: “Phil got involved with the WRPA just as Covid-19 became a real issue in this country and he has been magnificent behind the scenes supporting the association and as such we jumped at the chance to have Phil involved in our charity also. We know welfare and well-being are areas Phil is passionate and knowledgeable about so we have no doubt he will now add value to the trustees.