Rugby Players’ Association Appoint Nick Byrom as Commercial Director

By Community | August 23, 2012

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has announced the appointment of Nick Byrom as its Commercial Director, health following the departure of Commercial Manager Alex Anderson earlier this month.

Byrom joins the RPA with a vast commercial track record having started his career with corporate hospitality agent Match Point.

He has since taken on roles at Wembley Stadium, order IMG Hospitality and Thomas Cook and has experience in rugby, having worked on the travel and hospitality programmes at three Rugby World Cups and the last Lions Tour in South Africa.

On his appointment, Byrom said: “I’m delighted to join the RPA at this time. I look forward to developing some new, long term partnerships to compliment the incredible roster of existing RPA Partners.

“We will look to introduce some innovative events and opportunities for both commercial partners and RPA members whilst providing commercial support to the outstanding work that the RPA Player Development Programme currently does”.

Damian Hopley, RPA said: “We are very excited to have someone of Nick’s outstanding pedigree joining the RPA in what is one of the most remarkable eras for sport in this country.

“With RWC 2015 only 3 years away, Nick has been bought in to build on the strong commercial partnerships we have with a number of leading blue chip brands who have been involved with the RPA and our 600 members for a number of years.

“I have every confidence that rugby’s profile will grow significantly in the next few years, so it is imperative that the RPA is in a position to capitalise on this, thus increasing the support we give our past, present and future members.”

Anderson announced his intentions to resign as Commercial Manager earlier in the summer having joined the RPA in 2000.