Christian Welch

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.