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13 June 2024

Health Partnership to Support Retiring Rugby Players

The Welsh Rugby Players Association (WRPA) has announced a new partnership designed to improve the quality of life of retired and retiring players.

The WRPA will work with Healix Health and the UK's largest healthcare charity, Nuffield Health, who will become the WRPA's official healthcare supplier. Retired and retiring professional rugby players will be given access to Nuffield Health's healthcare in South Wales and gym facilities throughout the UK.

Starting from mid June, the Player Transition Programme will support them to be ‘life, work and sport ready’ when transitioning to the next stage of their life. They will be provided with access to physiotherapy and medical support as well as being given a 12-month membership at Nuffield Health’s 112 well-being and fitness facilities, to ensure they can lead a life that is not affected by the injuries and health costs that can occur as a result of playing professional rugby.

James King, WRPA Player Welfare and Membership Manager, said: 

“With this exciting new partnership we will now be able to further support the players when they retire from professional rugby. The ability to use top class gym, wellbeing and healthcare facilities, plus having access to medical experts, will ensure that the players are fit, healthy and able to achieve their goals in the next stages of their lives.

Director of Wellbeing, Wales & South West, at Nuffield Health, Ceri Morgan, said:

“Our purpose is to build a healthier nation and we are thrilled that the Welsh Rugby Players Association and Healix are teaming up with our connected health and wellbeing services. We will provide retiring and retired professional players and their families with a range of benefits and access to our services. It's important to continue to support and give back to sports professionals who have given so much for their country. We look forward to getting to know and look after them.”

Ian Talbot, CEO Healix Health,said:

“We are delighted to be included in this partnership which sets out to look after rugby players as they move into retirement from the sport. Players put their bodies on the line week in, week out, and it is only right that they can continue to receive the relevant medical care once their playing days are behind them. “

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