McCaw and Sexton made IRPA Presidents

The International Rugby Players Association (IRPA) have announced the appointments
of Johnny Sexton and Richie McCaw as the inaugural President’s for North
and President South respectively.

As two of the most recognised and respected players from around the world,
both are seen as ideally placed to oversee and represent the collective voice
of their fellow players from around the globe.
Both players are passionate about making a difference on issues of international
importance to the players and the game.

Sexton and McCaw will take an active part on various IRPA Player Advisory Groups
and will use their expert opinion and stature to build on the collaborative
relationship with World Rugby, the international Governing Body.

Speaking on their appointments the players said; “IRPA represents the
elite player’s interests at a global level, it is fundamental to the success
of the game that our playing environments and welfare provisions allow us to
compete to the best of our ability. It is with this in mind that I am delighted
and honoured to be the IRPA’s President North. I congratulate Richie and
look forward to working with him in the exciting year ahead. “

Richie McCaw – New Zealand (President South)

IRPA Chairman Damian Hopley welcomed both appointments.

“IRPA believes that the game needs modern day professionals who are prepared
to stand up for what is right for the welfare of their players and future of
the professional game. I have no doubt that Johnny and Richie’s leadership
and standing in the game will make an immense difference in assisting and advising
our organisation going forward. By sharing best practise across the member Associations,
we will continue to strive to enhance the welfare and working conditions of
players across the globe.”

Johnny Sexton – Ireland (President North)

“I’m delighted to be recognised as IRPA’s first President South.
To be invited to work alongside Johnny on behalf of the 4,000 professional rugby
players throughout the world is a real honour. As players we are in a unique
and privileged position to help mould the future of our great game. In doing
this it is our responsibility to work with the administration of the game in
an organised and professional manner, with the integrity of our sport and welfare
of our people foremost in our minds.”

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