Jonny Sexton announced as joint president of International Rugby Players Association
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton and All Black legend Richie McCaw have been named the inaugural President’s for North and President South respectively.
IRPA is a group which represents International rugby players and liaises with World Rugby on issues of importance to 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 the international Governing Body.
“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," Sexton said.
"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 added: “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.”