Men’s Player Advisory Group

Daly Cherry-Evans
General President

Daly is the General President of the Rugby League Players' Association.

The Manly Sea Eagles skipper was appointed to the position

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Daly Cherry-Evans

General President

Daly is the General President of the Rugby League Players' Association.

The Manly Sea Eagles skipper was appointed to the position at the 2021 Annual General Meeting, moving into the role following the retirement of Cameron Smith.

Daly was first appointed as a casual vacancy to the RLPA Board of Directors in December 2019 alongside Sia Soliola and Dale Copley, before being formally elected at the 2020 AGM.

Another member of the Player Advisory Group to progress through to the role of RLPA Director, Daly is also the current captain of the Queensland Maroons and first represented Australia in 2011.

The Mackay Brothers junior also won a premiership in his debut NRL season (2011) with Manly Warringah.

Speaking after his appointment as RLPA General President, Daly said: “I’m definitely honoured to appointed General President and to be able to do this job for the playing group,” Cherry Evans said.

“It’s a nice feeling and I’ve been involved with the RLPA for a little bit now, so this is an elevated role that I am taking on.

“I’m looking to help out the team at the RLPA and voice any matters that the players feel they need to get across.

“The RLPA has certainly grown a lot in recent times but I still think the best work is ahead for us.

“As the General President it would be nice to have not just my teammates at Manly, but players at other clubs, able to rely on me to push forward and be that voice.”

Dale Copley
Director

Dale was appointed to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Board of Directors as a casual vacancy in December 2019

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Dale Copley

Director

Dale was appointed to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Board of Directors as a casual vacancy in December 2019 before his official election at the 2020 AGM.

Dale returns to the Brisbane Broncos ahead of the 2021 season after four years with the Gold Coast Titans.

After making his debut with the Broncos in 2009, Dale moved to the Sydney Roosters in 2016 for one season before joining the Titans.

A long-term RLPA Player Delegate, the Aspley junior transitioned through to the newly-formed Player Advisory Group in 2019.

Dale is currently studying a Bachelor of Law (Honours) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

On his appointment as an RLPA Director, Dale said: “I’ve really enjoyed being part of the Player Advisory Group this year and engaging consistently with the RLPA during my time as a Player Delegate."

“It has allowed me to increase my understanding and appreciation for the role of our Association, while also being able to provide genuine feedback on some of the key issues in the game.

“The responsibility associated with the role of a Director is something that I’m fully committed to delivering on as I’m passionate about ensuring the RLPA continues to provide a valuable service to its members.”

Wade Graham
Director

Wade was appointed to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Board of Directors in May 2019, emerging from the Player

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Wade Graham

Director

Wade was appointed to the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) Board of Directors in May 2019, emerging from the Player Advisory Group and Delegate pathways.

Currently the co-captain of the Cronulla Sharks, Wade has played over 240 NRL games since making his debut in 2008 and represented Australia, New South Wales, City Origin and the Indigenous All Stars.

Wade was a member of the premiership-winning Cronulla side in 2016 and was a member of the victorious World Cup winning Australian side in 2017.

Off the field, Wade has completed a Certificate IV in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Frontline Management.

At the time of his appointment to the RLPA Board of Directors, the former Penrith Panther said: “This is a great opportunity for me to be at the forefront of representing players, while also ensuring our partnership with the game continues to develop."

“Personally, I see this as a wonderful opportunity to take the next step in my development as a leader in the game and ensure that I continue to advance my skillset off the field.”

Sia Soliola
Director

Sia joined the RLPA Board of Directors in December 2019 after progressing through the leadership pathway structure of the Player

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Sia Soliola

Director

Sia joined the RLPA Board of Directors in December 2019 after progressing through the leadership pathway structure of the Player Advisory Group and Delegate structure.

The former New Zealand International has amassed more than 300 first grade games across the NRL and Super League - having had stints for the Sydney Roosters, St Helens and his current Club - the Canberra Raiders.

Sia is involved with the Early Morning Centre - an organisation in Canberra that provides meals for the homeless - and is an ambassador for Angelman Syndrome.

In 2019, Sia was recognised for his outstanding efforts in the community receiving the prestigious Ken Stephen Medal.

On his appointment as an RLPA Director, Sia stated: “I’ve been in the game for quite some time now and I think that I can give back to the collective by providing guidance and advice to the RLPA."

“Joining the Board will be good for my professional development and hopefully I can also help the RLPA continue to grow in coming years.

“It’s important that we develop a respectful partnership between the RLPA and the NRL, as I believe this will help Rugby League in the future.”

Sia has also engaged in career development opportunities, studying a Diploma in Business and Certificate IV in Youth Work.

Christian Welch
Director

Melbourne Storm forward Christian Welch was appointed to the Board of the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) at the 2021

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Christian Welch

Director

Melbourne Storm forward Christian Welch was appointed to the Board of the Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) at the 2021 Annual General Meeting.

Christian progressed through the player leadership pathways as a member of the Player Advisory Group in recent years and an RLPA Delegate at the Storm.

“Being able represent my fellow players as a Director of our Association is something I’m really excited about,” Welch said at the time of his appointment to the Board of Directors.

“I’ve been involved with the RLPA for some time now and I am really passionate about the movement.

“I understand how important it is to have a strong Association behind us and the need for players to have a seat at the table when key decisions across the game are being made.

“I believe I can add value in advancing the interests of players through this new role, while also continuing to learn and develop professionally.”

Christian made his NRL debut for the Storm in 2015 and made his representative debut for Queensland in the 2019 State of Origin series.

The Gladstone and Eastern Suburbs Tigers junior played in the 2016 and 2018 NRL Grand Finals. Christian was also part of the 2017 premiership-winning Melbourne squad.

Christian has graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Commerce degree and is currently studying my Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at UNSW.

The prop forward also was among a group of players that travelled to Harvard University to complete a Certificate in Negotiation and Leadership.

Blake Green
Player Advisory Group

Blake Green from the Newcastle Knights is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2021.

Blake has played across a number

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Blake Green

Player Advisory Group

Blake Green from the Newcastle Knights is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2021.

Blake has played across a number of Clubs in both the NRL and Super League since his first grade debut in 2007.

The playmaker has enjoyed success in both competitions, winning the Super League and Challenge Cup with the Wigan Warriors in 2013 and leading the Melbourne Storm to the minor premiership in 2016.

Away from the field, Blake has been part of the RLPA Delegate structure for a number of years and has been a member of the Player Advisory Group since it was established in 2019.

Blake has studied a Diploma in Business and was among a select group of players that traveled to Harvard University to complete a Certificate in Negotiation and Leadership. The Westfield Sports High product also holds his Level 3 Rugby League Coaching certificate.

Damien Cook
Player Advisory Group

Damien Cook from the South Sydney Rabbitohs is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

The Endeavour Sports High School

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Damien Cook

Player Advisory Group

Damien Cook from the South Sydney Rabbitohs is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

The Endeavour Sports High School product is the current Australian and New South Wales hooker.

Damien made his NRL debut in 2013 for the St George Illawarra Dragons, before spending two seasons at the Canterbury Bulldogs (2014-15).

A move to the Rabbitohs in 2016 proved beneficial, with Damien securing a regular starting spot and earning representative honours in 2018.

Away from the field, Damien runs a wellness centre in Caringbah South, La Cure Wellness, which specialises in recovery, relaxation & rejuvenation.

Damien has been a RLPA Delegate for a number of years, and in June 2020 joined the Player Advisory Group.

At the time of his appointment, Damien said: “I’ve really enjoyed the role of an RLPA delegate in recent years and I’m looking forward to contributing in other ways by joining the Player Advisory Group."

“I see this as an opportunity to proactively contribute to areas that we don’t usually focus on as delegates.

“I believe I have a lot to offer the game and my fellow players, so meeting regularly with this group is a great way to harness that and use it in a constructive way for the Association and the game.”

Alex Glenn
Player Advisory Group

Brisbane Broncos captain Alex Glenn joins the Men's Player Advisory Group in 2021.

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Alex Glenn

Player Advisory Group

Brisbane Broncos captain Alex Glenn joins the Men's Player Advisory Group in 2021.

Josh Hodgson
Player Advisory Group

Canberra Raiders star Josh Hodgson joins the Player Advisory Group in 2021.

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Josh Hodgson

Player Advisory Group

Canberra Raiders star Josh Hodgson joins the Player Advisory Group in 2021.

Moses Mbye
Player Advisory Group

Moses Mbye from the Wests Tigers joins the Player Advisory Group in 2021.

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Moses Mbye

Player Advisory Group

Moses Mbye from the Wests Tigers joins the Player Advisory Group in 2021.

Michael Morgan
Player Advisory Group

North Queensland Cowboys co-captain Michael Morgan joins the Player Advisory Group in 2021.

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Michael Morgan

Player Advisory Group

North Queensland Cowboys co-captain Michael Morgan joins the Player Advisory Group in 2021.