Player Advisory Group

John Asiata
Player Advisory Group

John Asiata from the North Queensland Cowboys is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

John made his NRL debut

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John Asiata

Player Advisory Group

John Asiata from the North Queensland Cowboys is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

John made his NRL debut in 2014 and has since played more than 100 games for the Cowboys. In 2015, John was part of the premiership-winning side that defeated Brisbane 17-16 in golden point.

The Wentworthville Magpies junior has represented both Samoa and Tonga in Test matches.

John has engaged in career development away from rugby league, studying a Diploma in Financial Planning and Business and a Certificate IV in Community Services.

An addition to the Player Advisory Group in 2020, John will add considerable value to the strategic direction of the RLPA.

Darius Boyd
Player Advisory Group

Darius Boyd from the Brisbane Broncos is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

Darius made his NRL debut in

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Darius Boyd

Player Advisory Group

Darius Boyd from the Brisbane Broncos is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

Darius made his NRL debut in 2006 and has amassed more than 300 first grade games across three clubs.

The Palm Beach Currumbin High product has represented Australia in 23 Tests and Queensland in 28 State of Origins. Darius has also won two premierships with Brisbane in 2006 and St George Illawarra in 2010.

Darius has won a host of awards during an illustrious career including the Players' Champion in 2010, the RLPA Rookie of the Year in 2006, the Clive Churchill Medal in 2010 and the Dally M Fullback of the Year in 2010.

Darius is studying a Certificate III & IV in Fitness and a small course on The Science of Wellbeing.

An addition to the Player Advisory Group in 2020, Darius adds a wealth of knowledge and experience that will assist in advancing the interests of players and the game.

Daly Cherry-Evans
Director

Daly was appointed as a casual vacancy to the RLPA Board of Directors in December 2019 alongside Sia Soliola and

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Daly Cherry-Evans

Director

Daly was 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 the current captain of the Queensland Maroons and Manly Sea Eagles.

The Mackay Brothers junior won a premiership in his debut NRL season in 2011 and has since gone on to earn numerous representative honours with Australia and Queensland.

Speaking after his appointment to the RLPA Board, Daly said: “A strong and respected Association is beneficial not only for players, but for the game as a whole."

“Ensuring that the playing group continues to have a voice on the key issues, whilst also having access to adequate support, are some of the areas that I’m passionate about further advancing.

“In my view, the RLPA is in the strongest position it has ever been and I’m proud to be joining the Board.”

Dale Copley
Director

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

Currently

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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.

Currently an NRL squad member at the Gold Coast Titans, Dale made his first grade debut in 2009 with the Brisbane Broncos and before joining the Sydney Roosters for one season in 2016.

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.”

David Gower
Player Advisory Group

David Gower from the Parramatta Eels is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

David made his first grade debut

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David Gower

Player Advisory Group

David Gower from the Parramatta Eels is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

David made his first grade debut with Salford City Reds in 2006 before returning to Australia in 2009 to make his NRL debut with Wests Tigers.

The Holy Cross Rhinos junior had stints with St George Illawarra and Manly Warringah before joining his current club, the Parramatta Eels, in 2014. In 2017, David made his representative debut for City Origin.

David has a range of qualifications off field, including a Certificate IV in Elite Athlete Wellbeing, a Diploma of Management, a Bachelor of Sports Business and is a qualified Electrician.

David was a new addition to the Player Advisory Group in 2020. He was also recognised for his contribution to advancing the interests of the playing group in 2019, winning the prestigious Dennis Tutty Award.

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 220 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.”

James Graham
Player Advisory Group

James Graham from the St George Illawarra Dragons is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

James has achieved the

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James Graham

Player Advisory Group

James Graham from the St George Illawarra Dragons is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

James has achieved the incredible feat of playing more than 400 first grade games across the Super League and NRL.

Adding to his extensive club career with St Helens, Canterbury and St George Illawarra, James has also represented England on 44 occasions and Great Britain nine times. The prop forward also played two games with the NRL All Stars and featured in the 2019 World Cup Nines tournament.

James has also engaged in development off the field, studying a Diploma of Business Management.

The Dragons enforcer was a member of the inaugural Player Advisory Group in 2019.

Blake Green
Player Advisory Group

Blake Green from the New Zealand Warriors is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

Blake has played across a

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Blake Green

Player Advisory Group

Blake Green from the New Zealand Warriors is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

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.

Chris Lawrence
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Chris Lawrence from the Wests Tigers is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

Chris made his NRL debut in

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Chris Lawrence

Player Advisory Group

Chris Lawrence from the Wests Tigers is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

Chris made his NRL debut in 2006 and has since amassed more than 240 first grade games for Wests. The Campbelltown junior has also earned representative honours along the way, with six Tests for Australia, three appearances for City Origin and three games for the Prime Minister's XII.

Chris is the all-time leading try-scorer for Wests Tigers and originally started his career as a centre, before moving into the backrow in recent years.

Chris is currently completing Bachelor of Commerce majoring in sports administration and owns a business One Wellbeing. The organisation empowers athletes an business leaders through education programs and corporate performance, mindset and resilience workshops.

An RLPA Delegate for a number of years, Chris has been a member of the Player Advisory Group since it was established in 2019.

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.

Joel Thompson
Director

Joel was officially elected as an RLPA Director at the 2018 AGM after spending a short time prior as a

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Joel Thompson

Director

Joel was officially elected as an RLPA Director at the 2018 AGM after spending a short time prior as a casual vacancy on the Board.

Joel made his NRL debut for the Canberra Raiders in 2008, before joining St George Illawarra ahead of the 2014 season.

After three seasons with the Dragons, the Forbes Magpies junior made the off-season move to Manly-Warringah, signing a two-year deal starting in 2018.

An Indigenous All Stars Representative on six occasions, Joel does a tremendous amount of community work and was part of the NRL's State of Mind program in 2017.

Joel is the founder of The Mindset Project - sharing his own story and workshopping a series of mindset practices and coping strategies.

Joel has engaged in career development away from rugby league, studying a Diploma in Community Services and Certificate IV in Drug and Alcohol.

Christian Welch
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Christian Welch from the Melbourne Storm is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

Christian made his NRL debut for

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Christian Welch

Player Advisory Group

Christian Welch from the Melbourne Storm is part of the Player Advisory Group in 2020.

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 traveled to Harvard University to complete a Certificate in Negotiation and Leadership.

Christian has been a member of the Player Advisory Group since it was established in 2019.