The Rugby Union Players' Association (RUPA) was incorporated in October 1995 in direct response to the professionalism of Rugby.
It was established to directly promote and safeguard the interests of its members, namely the professional Rugby players of Australia, as well as to help members prepare to transition into the next phase of their life post-Rugby through actively encouraging them to pursue their interests and future careers away from the game.
Its members comprises all professional players from the five Super Rugby teams (ACT Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds and the Western Force), both the Australian Men's and Women's Rugby Sevens squads and past professional players since 1996.
Currently 100% of Australia’s full time professional players are members.
RUPA’s operations can be divided into two key service arms. These are:
- industrial representation and player advocacy; and
- player education and wellbeing