RUPA Board

  • Bruce Hodgkinson SC


    Bruce Hodgkinson SC has served as Chairman of RUPA since 2010.

    Bruce, who is also the Head of Denman Chambers, has also previously served as the Chairman of the Cancer Council NSW (2007-2015), and served as a Board Director of the Cancer Council Australia until March 2016.

  • Dean Mumm


    Dean Mumm was elected by his peers as RUPA's eighth President in February 2017.

    Dean oversaw the completion of a new CBA, the details of which were announced in January 2018, and will step down as President once the players elect his successor after retiring from Rugby at the end of 2017.

    A powerful lock also capable of deputising in the back row, Dean finished his career with 116 Super Rugby caps (and 12 tries) to his name at the Waratahs. He also made 58 appearances for the Wallabies, including Captaining his country against Uruguay at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and scored 6 Test tries.

  • Tom English

    Tom English began his role as the Melbourne Rebels' Player Director in 2016.

    English, a former Australian Rugby Sevens representative, played for Sydney University before relocating to begin his Super Rugby career with the Melbourne Rebels in 2013 where he remains today as one of the Club's longest-serving players.

    Heading into the 2018 Super Rugby season, English has made 64 appearances for the Rebels, scoring 13 tries. Tom completed a Bachelor of Arts and Applied Science in 2015.

  • Bernard Foley

    NSW Waratahs' Player Director

    Bernard Foley is the NSW Waratahs’ Player Director, a position he has held since 2014.

    In 2015, Bernard spearheaded Australia’s run to the Rugby World Cup Final, pulling the strings from flyhalf. Heading into 2018, Bernard had earned 55 Wallaby caps and 87 Waratahs caps, scoring over 700 points and starring in his side's 2014 Super Rugby premiership.

    Away from Rugby, Bernard has completed a Bachelor of Economics.

  • Ed Jenkins

    Men's Rugby Sevens Player Director

    Ed Jenkins was the inaugural Player Director from the Australian Rugby Sevens squad when he joined the Board in 2015.

    Ed, who is the most-capped Australian Men's Rugby Sevens player of all time, Captained Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He has also competed in two Rugby World Cup Sevens campaigns and won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

    Ed has represented his country in over 50 World Rugby Sevens events since making his debut a decade ago in Wellington (2008).

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    Shannon Parry OAM

    Women's Rugby Sevens Player Director

    Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Co-Captain Shannon Parry OAM served as a Co-Opted RUPA Director from June 2014 - January 2017, before being elected as the Australian Women's Rugby Sevens' Player Director in February 2017.

    Adding to her existing commitments on the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) Player Advisory Panel, Shannon provides valuable insights for the Board as a Gold Medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a World Rugby Sevens Series champion (2016) and a three-time Women's Rugby World Cup star for the Wallaroos.

    Away from Rugby, Shannon is a qualified school teacher.

  • Scott Sio

    ACT Brumbies' Player Director

    ACT Brumbies Player Director Scott Sio was elected by his peers in February, 2017.

    The son of a Samoan international, Sio headed into the 2018 season with 72 Super Rugby caps to his name, having made his debut in 2012, as well as 43 Test caps for the Wallabies.

    Scott has also represented Australia at both Schoolboys and U20 level.

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    James Slipper

    Queensland Reds' Player Director

    Queensland Reds Player Director James Slipper was elected by his peers in 2016.

    Slipper, who has been the Reds' Captain since the start of the 2015 season, enters the 2018 season having made 95 appearances in the competition including winning a Premiership in 2011.

    He is also the most-capped Wallaby prop of all time, with 85 caps to his name.

  • Sally Fielke

    Co-Opted Director

    In August 2015, Sydney Airport’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Sally Fielke, joined the RUPA Board as a Co-Opted Director.

    A former lawyer and member association CEO, Ms Fielke brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to RUPA, having sat on a number of key boards across tourism, education, sport and health.

    She currently sits on the council of the NSW Business Chamber as well as the board of NSW Kids in Need and is a member of Chief Executive Women.

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    Stephen Moore

    Co-Opted Director

    A former RUPA Player Director for the Brumbies, Stephen Moore was elected as a Co-Opted Director after returning to Brisbane and the Reds in 2017 before retiring from playing Rugby at the end of that season.

    At the time of his retirement, Stephen was the most-capped Australian Super Rugby player of all time with 176 appearances, second on the all-nationalities list.

    He also Captained the Wallabies 26 times among his 122 Test match appearances for his country.

  • Adam Wallace-Harrison

    Co-Opted Director

    A former RUPA President during his playing days, Adam Wallace-Harrison retired at the end of the 2013 season.

    Wallace-Harrison has remained on the RUPA Board as a Co-Opted Director since moving into his a career in finance, where he now works as a Financial Broker.

    Adam made nearly 70 appearances as a lock for the Reds and Brumbies during his professional career.

  • Ross Xenos


    Ross Xenos, has been the Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) CEO since March 2015.

    Prior to that, Ross served as RUPA’s Deputy CEO, having joined the organisation as Player Services Manager in March 2011.

    Before joining RUPA, Ross was the Marketing & Membership Manager at Sydney University Sport & Fitness (SUSF) for three years, where he was responsible for managing the brand, marketing, communications, events and commercial revenue generation of the organisation.

    Ross is also currently a Board Director of the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA), the international representative body of all professional rugby players and their associations, and is also on the Board of the Australian Athletes’ Alliance (AAA). rupa web  edm sponsors 2017.jpg?ixlib=rails 1.1