Corporate Governance

Sally Fielke

Co-Opted Director


Benn Robinson



Bruce Hodgkinson SC



Ross Xenos

Chief Executive Officer


James Slipper

Reds Player Director


Bernard Foley

Waratahs Player Director


Matt Hodgson

Force Player Director


Mike Harris

Rebels Player Director


Stephen Moore

Brumbies Player Director


Gemma Etheridge

Sevens Director (F)


Ed Jenkins

Sevens Director (M)


Shannon Parry

Co-Opted Director


Adam Wallace-Harrison

Co-Opted Director


Bruce Hodgkinson SC / Chairman

Bruce Hodgkinson SC became Chairman of the Rugby Union Players' Association (RUPA) in 2010. 

Bruce is also a Director of Cancer Council Australia, a role he has held since 2008, and is Head of Denman Chambers.

Ross Xenos / Chief Executive Officer

Ross Xenos was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Rugby Union Players’ Association in March 2015 having joined RUPA in early 2011.

Benn Robinson / President

Benn was elected RUPA President for 2014 and 2015, after serving as the Waratahs Player Director since 2012, and was re-elected in March 2016.

One of Australia's greatest ever loosehead props, Robinson is the Waratah's most capped player of all-time, having made his debut for the Club in 2006. He made his Wallaby debut in the same year, and has represented Australia more than 70 times.

Sally Fielke / Co-Opted Director

In August 2015, Sydney Airport’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Sally Fielke, joined the RUPA Board as a Co-Opted Director.

A former lawyer and member association CEO, Ms Fielke brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to RUPA, having sat on a number of key boards across tourism, education, sport and health.  She currently sits on the council of the NSW Business Chamber as well as the board of the Botany Bay Business Enterprise Council.

Mike Harris / Rebels Player Director

Mike Harris moved to Australia in 2011 following four seasons with North Harbour in New Zealand’s NPC competition, playing a key role for the Reds on their way to the Super Rugby title that year before making his Wallabies debut against Scotland in 2012.

Mike moved to Melbourne to join the Rebels in 2015, and was elected to the RUPA Board of Directors in March 2016.

Bernard Foley / Waratahs Player Director

Waratahs and Wallabies playmaker Bernard Foley joined the RUPA Board in June 2014, replacing teammate Benn Robinson as the Waratahs' Player Director after Robinson's ascension to the role of President, and like Robinson was re-elected in March 2016.

Foley debuted for the Waratahs in 2011, having starred forAustralia in Rugby Sevens in 2009 and 2010, and has over 250 Test points for Australia. Foley exercised a flexible clause in his contract to play a season with Ricoh Black Rams in Japan's Top League competition following the conclusion of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Matt Hodgson / Force Player Director

Western Force Captain Matt Hodgson, a recipient of the 2011 RUPA Academic Achievement Award and the 2014 People's Choice Award, has played over 100 Super Rugby matches in Perth since making his debut in 2006.

The versatile backrower has represented Australia at Under 21 level and in Rugby Sevens, as well as making 11 appearances for the Wallabies since his debut in 2010. He was a member of the Wallabies' 2011 Rugby World Cup squad.

Stephen Moore / Brumbies Player Director

Wallabies Captain Stephen Moore has been a Director on RUPA's board since Janaury 2010.

A veteran of over 100 Wallaby tests and nearly 150 Super Rugby appearances for the Reds and Brumbies by the end of the 2015 Super Rugby season, Stephen keeps himself busy away from Rugby through ambassadorial work and as a Board Member for Lifeline Canberra.

James Slipper / Reds Player Director

Current Reds Captain Iames Slipper began his professional career with his hometown side in 2010 and has made 81 Super Rugby appearances in that time, playing alongside fellow RUPA Director Mike Harris as they won the 2011 Super Rugby competition.

He made his International debut during the same season and has now amassed 74 Test caps despite being just 26-years-old, playing at the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups and becoming the 83rd player to Captain Australia when he led them against the USA in Chicago in September.

Adam Wallace-Harrison / Co-Opted Director

Adam Wallace-Harrison made nearly 70 appearances as a lock for the Reds and Brumbies during a professional Rugby career which lasted over a decade, and also took in a stint in Japan.

A former RUPA President during his playing days, Adam retired at the end of the 2013 season however has remained on the RUPA Board as a Co-Opted Director ever since.

Adam lives on the Gold Coast and is a Mortgage and Finance Broker at LoanMarket; he remains involved with his Club Rugby side, Sunnybank.

Shannon Parry / Co-Opted Director

Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens and Wallaroos star Shannon Parry was appointed to join the RUPA Board of Directors in June 2014.

Adding to her existing commitments on the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) Player Advisory Panel, Shannon provides valuable insights for the Board not only as a Women’s Rugby representative, but as a Sevens specialist as well.

Shannon Captained the Wallaroos at the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup in France, after also being in the 2010 squad, and made her Rugby Sevens debut in Amsterdam in May, 2013.

Ed Jenkins / Sevens Director (M)

Current Australian Rugby Sevens Captain Ed Jenkins is the most-capped Australian Men's Sevens player of all time.

Ed has competed in two Rugby World Cup Sevens campaigns and won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and will lead the charge towards the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Gemma Etheridge / Sevens Director (F)

Gemma Etheridge made her Rugby Sevens debut for Australia in Dubai, November 2012.

The versatile Etheridge, who can play as either a forward or a back in the abbreviated format of the game, is one of the more experienced players in the Australian side as they head towards the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.