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The WRPA links with Cardiff Metropolitan RFC.

The Welsh Rugby Players Association is pleased to welcome Avery Oitomen and Harry Johnston within work experience placements in a new partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Cardiff Metropolitan University RFC have recently created an exciting new partnership with the Welsh Rugby Players Association (WRPA). As the registered trade union for all professional players in Wales, the WRPA represents, develops, promotes and protects the collective voices and interests of all players dedicating their lives to professional rugby here in Wales.

Cardiff Met RFC, the student rugby club that represents the University in the WRU Championship, as well as the acclaimed BUCS Super Rugby competition, join the WRPA in an exciting partnership that will provide a number of student athletes with the relevant work experience - aligning with their degrees in order to better prepare for careers after rugby and university.

Avery and Harry, both student athletes at Cardiff Metropolitan University, studying Sports/Business Management will be completing exciting work placements under the WRPA until the end of the 2019/2020 season. The placements will form hands-on experience and support for the WRPA in areas of marketing, communication and events.

The partnership will work on a cycle basis, seeing a retention of work placements in future years, providing experience for many future Rugby student-athletes.

Both the WRPA and Cardiff Metropolitan RFC are very excited about the future potential of the partnership.

The WRPA’s CEO Barry Cawte added:

“The partnership with Cardiff Met is a huge step forward in supporting our up and coming graduates in the Welsh rugby landscape. The WRPA is committed to providing support for the welfare and development of professional rugby players here in Wales. By having these undergraduates with the WRPA, learning about our services and function as the trade union and collective voice of professional players - gives vital experience in their personal and professional growth.

It also allows the WRPA to expand in our workforce areas, with skilled support in areas such as marketing, communications and events. We have been impressed with the Cardiff Met students professional approach and proactiveness to learn from our team and look forward to welcoming new faces to our association over the years to come.”

Aled Lewis, Cardiff Met RFC Personal Development Advisor, said:

‘We are proud and excited to establish a partnership with an organisation such as the WRPA. At Cardiff Met RFC we are committed to holistic athlete development. Providing valuable employability opportunities and developing core communication, leadership and organisation skills supports our players dual-career ambitions.’

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 the registered trade union for all professional rugby players in Wales with Personal Development Managers employed by the WRPA situated within each professional region in Wales; Scarlets, Ospreys, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues – delivering the WRPA’s Personal Development Programme, aiding the players in creating opportunities for themselves and their future.

Twitter: @theWRPA


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