Rugby Australia and RUPA continue constructive talks

by Rugby Australia

Rugby Australia and the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) have held further talks this afternoon on an interim pay deal for players as the code responds to the COVID-19 crisis.

Today’s two-hour video conference was joined by player representatives from each of Australia’s professional programs and the four Super Rugby teams, as well as officials from both organisations including Rugby Australia Directors, Phil Waugh and Daniel Herbert, Chief Executive, Raelene Castle, and RUPA Chair, Campbell Fisher and CEO, Justin Harrison.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle said: “We have made good progress today following a meeting with RUPA and a number of players from across each of our professional teams.

“There are 192 professional players across the country and we understand RUPA wanting to consult broadly with their membership on these discussions.

“Both parties appreciate what is at stake and the players recognise their role and shared responsibility in securing the future and helping the game navigate through this unprecedented challenge.

“We thank RUPA and the players for working constructively towards finding a short-term solution to shore up the long-term future of Rugby in Australia.”