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.”

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.”

Josh Hodgson
Director

Canberra Raiders star Josh Hodgson joined the Men's Player Advisory Group in 2021.

Hodgson was officially elected to the RLPA Board

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Josh Hodgson

Director

Canberra Raiders star Josh Hodgson joined the Men's Player Advisory Group in 2021.

Hodgson was officially elected to the RLPA Board of Directors in March 2022.

“I am thrilled and proud to be elected to the RLPA Board of Directors. I am grateful to the playing group for trusting in me to represent them at this level," said Josh Hodgson after his election to the Board.

“This is going to be an important year for the NRL and NRLW playing groups with the upcoming negotiations of the next collective bargaining agreement. Our goal is to secure the best terms and conditions ever for players and I also look forward to having a voice on a wide range of matters.”

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.

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.”

Moses Mbye
Player Advisory Group

Moses Mbye from the St George Illawarra Dragons joined the Player Advisory Group in 2021.

"It’s a great opportunity to sit

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Moses Mbye

Player Advisory Group

Moses Mbye from the St George Illawarra Dragons joined the Player Advisory Group in 2021.

"It’s a great opportunity to sit down with some of the games most experienced players and also some of the games fresh minds, and work out the best outcome for all stakeholders involved in the game we love," said Moses Mbye.

"The RLPA is a great representative for players to voice their opinion and support their action.

"The PAG is a conduit for the whole playing group who have different views and issues within the game, and it allows everyone’s voice to be heard so that we can produce the best product."

Kurt Capewell
Player Advisory Group

Kurt Capewell joined the Men's Player Advisory Group after previously being a Club Delegate at the Penrith Panthers.

“I joined the

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Kurt Capewell

Player Advisory Group

Kurt Capewell joined the Men's Player Advisory Group after previously being a Club Delegate at the Penrith Panthers.

“I joined the Advisory Group because I saw an opportunity to be a part of something that can make an actual difference, and help voice the opinions of players from all over,” said Kurt Capewell.

“While I’m part of the Men’s Player Advisory Group, I would like to make positive changes for the playing group whilst building a strong bond with the NRL to help grow our game.”

“The RLPA is an essential piece of the NRL puzzle when it comes to growing our game. Not only does it allow all players to have input and a voice, it gives us a combined platform to work hand-in-hand with the NRL.

“The PAG allows players to have representatives scattered throughout Clubs. This helps in assisting players to voice their opinions and also relay anything from the NRL directly to the playing group.

“The Men’s Players Advisory Group has been very effective in recent times. It will continue to work together to be the connecting piece from the playing group to the NRL.”

Chad Townsend
Player Advisory Group

Chad Townsend of the North Queensland Cowboys joined the Men's Player Advisory Group in September 2021. He joined after being

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Chad Townsend

Player Advisory Group

Chad Townsend of the North Queensland Cowboys joined the Men's Player Advisory Group in September 2021. He joined after being an RLPA Delegate for a number of years.

Chad Townsend said he is joining the Men’s Players Advisory Group to guarantee the best terms and conditions ever for NRL players.

“I want to help the players secure the best CBA in the history of the game,” said Chad Townsend.

“I am passionate about players’ rights. I want to help make a difference for not only players of today's game, but for the players of the future.”

“The PAG is a group of committed players, giving up their time to represent the collective group. The group only wants what’s best for the players. The vital role the PAG plays is to advocate strongly alongside the RLPA and give feedback on all facets of our working conditions.”

“The RLPA ensures that we have the best and fairest working conditions possible, lead by Clint Newton and an unbelievably passionate team. Without the entire team working in unison we would not have the standards and conditions we currently have and we’re just getting started.”

 

 

 

 

James Tamou
Player Advisory Group

James Tamou joined the Men's Player Advisory Group ahead of the 2022 NRL season.

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James Tamou

Player Advisory Group

James Tamou joined the Men's Player Advisory Group ahead of the 2022 NRL season.

Dale Finucane
Player Advisory Group

Dale Finucane joined the Men's Player Advisory Group ahead of the 2022 NRL season.

The Cronulla Sharks recruit was previously a

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Dale Finucane

Player Advisory Group

Dale Finucane joined the Men's Player Advisory Group ahead of the 2022 NRL season.

The Cronulla Sharks recruit was previously a Delegate during his time at the Melbourne Storm.