Corporate Governance

About RUPA's Corporate Governance


Benn Robinson



Bruce Hodgkinson SC



Bernard Foley

Current Player Representative - NSW Waratahs


James Horwill

Current Player Representative - Queensland Reds


Matt Hodgson

Current Player Representative - Western Force


Stephen Moore

Current Player Representative - ACT Brumbies


Nic Stirzaker

Current Player Representative - Melbourne Rebels


Adam Wallace-Harrison

Independent Member


Pat Howard

Independent Member


Ross Xenos

Chief Executive Officer


Bruce Hodgkinson SC / Chairman

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About RUPA's Corporate Governance /

In December 2010, RUPA engaged in a reconstitution of its Board, the objective of which was to provide an improved level of both player representation and of industrial and corporate intellect by amending its structure and personnel.

This was unequivocally achieved in the appointment of the new Board which melds the industrial relations expertise of an esteemed Chairman with the rugby experience of the current and four former Wallaby Captains. 

Benn Robinson / President

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James Horwill / Current Player Representative - Queensland Reds

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Bernard Foley / Current Player Representative - NSW Waratahs

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Matt Hodgson / Current Player Representative - Western Force

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Stephen Moore / Current Player Representative - ACT Brumbies

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Nic Stirzaker / Current Player Representative - Melbourne Rebels

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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.

Pat Howard / Independent Member

Pat Howard or Paddy Howard (born 14 November 1973) is an ex-head coach at Leicester Tigers and a former Australian rugby union international who played centre or fly-half. He was educated at Queensland University.

He was born in Sydney. His father Jake Howard played prop for Australia and his grandfather Cyril Towers also played centre for the Wallabies.

Playing career

He attended Marist College Ashgrove, Brisbane where he played 1st XV Rugby. He started his career playing for the University of Queensland Football club. Studying pharmacy at the University he was a recipient of a prestgious University of Queensland Sporting Scholarships. Picked up by the Queensland Reds, before moving to the ACT Brumbies, he also played club football at Sydney University.

Howard played 20 tests for Australia between 1993 and 1997, making his debut against New Zealand. In 1998 he signed for Leicester Tigers, displacing Will Greenwood, who was forced return to Harlequins for first team rugby. Howard became a pivotal part of the Tigers' championship winning side.

Coaching career

After the departure of Joel Stransky in 2000, he was appointed as the Tigers' backs coach, however he had his sights set on regaining a Wallaby jersey ahead of the 2003 World Cup. He returned to the Brumbies in 2001, swapping his playing position with Rod Kafer, but was unable to make the squad for the World Cup. He then returned to Europe, playing for French side Montferrand in 2003.

After retiring as a player at the end of the season in 2004, Howard returned to Leicester Tigers, once again becoming backs coach. In 2005 he was appointed as head coach succeeding John Wells.

He guided Tigers to the Guinness Premiership and EDF Energy Cup finals in 2007, winning the domestic double. They also made the final of the Heineken Cup but were denied an historic treble - succumbing to Wasps 25-9.

On 28 December 2006 he announced he would resign as coach of the Tigers at the end of the 2006/7 season. Marcelo Loffreda was named Howard's successor, who took up his new role after the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Howard returned to his native Australia to manage his family's pharmaceutical company, however quickly became general manager of the Australian Rugby Union's high performance unit.

He was linked with the position of Ireland Head coach after Eddie O'Sullivan resigned.. It was reported on Irish Radio on 22 March 2008 that he had turned down the opportunity of coaching Ireland.

On 13th October 2011, he was announced as the GM, Team Performance - for the Australian Cricket Team. This role, created to focus solely on team performance, was one of the key recommendations of the Don Argus led Australian Team Performance Review (ATPR) adopted by CA’s Board in August.

Adam Wallace-Harrison / Independent Member

Jason Little was born 26 August 1970 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

He won 75 caps with one as captain playing at centre for the Australian rugby union side between 1989 and 2000. He also won caps on the wing later in his career. He made his test debut at the age of 19 against France 4 November 1989 on the Australian tour to Europe that year and shortly afterwards, he and Tim Horan were subjected to a mock ceremony where they pledged their futures to Rugby Union, promising not to defect to League. Both were to receive numerous offers from league clubs but turned them down.

In three quarters of his caps he partnered Horan, who was also his partner at Souths Rugby in Brisbane in the late 1980s and then for Queensland Reds. His nickname was 'Sidney'.

Together he and Horan composed a fearsome centre partnership for Australia which came to the fore during the Rugby World Cup 1991 (won by Australia) and were widely regarded as the best centres in the world through the early 1990s, adding the Bledisloe Cup to their collection in 1992. Targeted by Will Carling during the 1991 World Cup as a possible weak spot in the Australian defence, he was proved wrong as the youngster tackled everything thrown at him. In the Barbarians match at the end of the 1992 Autumn tour, he showed northern hemisphere audiences what Australian's fans already knew - that he could pierce a defence as well.

In the second test of the tour against South Africa in 1993, he threw an interception pass which allowed Joel Stransky to run the length of the field and score under the posts. Australia had lost the first test and the Boks were well up on the score sheet as a result of this and he was later to remark that his immediate reaction was that his career was over. He did however score a try in each half of the game and the Wallabies won the match and eventually the series.

By the end of the 1990s he was no longer an automatic choice for the test side and made many appearances as a replacement as Daniel Herbert competed with him to partner Horan in the centres. He later moved south to New South Wales Waratahs in 2000 to resurrect his international career, a move which kept him the test squad and earning him a place and a second winners medal at the Rugby World Cup 1999.

His final cap was a victory against South Africa on 26 August 2000 which was won 19-18 in dramatic style.

After retiring from International Rugby, he played briefly in England, firstly for Gloucester Rugby, then for a season as captain of West Country rivals Bristol Rugby, leading them to their first Twickenham appearance for 14 years, before retiring altogether from top-flight rugby.

Having retired, he undertook a course in Land Management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He now lives on the North Shore, in Sydney with his wife Brigitte and three children.