RUPA Board

  • Bruce Hodgkinson SC


    Bruce Hodgkinson SC has served as Chairman of RUPA since 2010.

    Bruce, who is also the Head of Denman Chambers, has also previously served as the Chairman of the Cancer Council NSW (2007-2015), and served as a Board Director of the Cancer Council Australia until March 2016.

  • Dean Mumm


    Dean Mumm was elected by his peers as RUPA's eighth President in February 2017.

    Dean made his Super Rugby debut for the Waratahs in 2007 and has since gone on to make over 100 appearances, as well as enjoying a stint in English Rugby with Exeter.

    Heading into 2017, Mumm has made 57 appearances for the Wallabies, including Captaining his country against Uruguay at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

  • Tom English

    Tom English began his role as the Melbourne Rebels' Player Director in 2016.

    English, a former Australian Rugby Sevens representative, played for Sydney University before relocating to begin his Super Rugby career with the Melbourne Rebels in 2013.

    Heading into the 2017 Super Rugby season, English has made 50 appearances for the Rebels, scoring 10 tries. He has also played all three seasons for the Melbourne Rising in the Buildcorp NRC and is the Rising's all-time leading tryscorer. Tom completed a Bachelor of Arts and Applied Science in 2015.

  • Bernard Foley

    NSW Waratahs' Player Director

    Bernard Foley is the NSW Waratahs’ Player Director, a position he has held since 2014.

    In 2015, Bernard spearheaded Australia’s run to the Rugby World Cup Final, pulling the strings from flyhalf. Heading into the 2017 Super Rugby season, Bernard had earned 42 Wallaby caps and 77 Waratahs caps.

    Away from Rugby, Bernard has recently completed a Bachelor of Economics.

  • Matt Hodgson

    Western Force Player Director

    Matt Hodgson has served as the Western Force Player Director since 2013, when he replaced the retiring Nathan Sharpe.

    Regarded as one of the most inspirational leaders in the game, Hodgson was limited to just seven Super Rugby appearances in 2015 due to a serious knee injury; heading into the 2017 Super Rugby season, Hodgson has 131 Super Rugby caps and 11 Wallaby appearances to his name.

    Away from Rugby, Hodgson is involved in F45 gyms, has completed multiple degrees and is currently finalising post-graduate law studies.

  • Ed Jenkins

    Men's Rugby Sevens Player Director

    The current Australian Men's Rugby Sevens Captain, Ed Jenkins was the inaugral Player Director from that squad when he joined the Board in 2015.

    Ed, who is the most-capped Australian Men's Rugby Sevens player of all time, Captained Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He has also competed in two Rugby World Cup Sevens campaigns and won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

    Ed's twin brother plays Rugby professionally overseas.

  • shannon parry.jpg?ixlib=rails 1.1

    Shannon Parry OAM

    Women's Rugby Sevens Player Director

    Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Co-Captain Shannon Parry OAM served as a Co-Opted RUPA Director from June 2014 - January 2017, before being elected as the Australian Women's Rugby Sevens' Player Director in February 2017.

    Adding to her existing commitments on the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) Player Advisory Panel, Shannon provides valuable insights for the Board as a Gold Medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a reigning World Rugby Sevens Series champion and Wallaroos Captain at the last Women's Rugby World Cup.

    Away from Rugby, Shannon is a qualified school teacher.

  • Scott Sio

    ACT Brumbies' Player Director

    ACT Brumbies Player Director Scott Sio was elected by his peers in February, 2017.

    The son of a Samoan international, Sio headed into the 2017 season with 65 Super Rugby caps to his name, having made his debut in 2012, as well as 30 Test caps for the Wallaby.

    Scott has also represented Australia at both Schoolboys and U20 level, and having only turned 25 in October 2016 the prop looks to have a long Rugby career ahead of him.

  • gettyimages 641231706.jpg?ixlib=rails 1.1

    James Slipper

    Queensland Reds' Player Director

    Queensland Reds Player Director James Slipper was elected by his peers in 2016.

    Slipper, who has been the Reds' Captain since the start of the 2015 season, enters the 2017 Super Rugby season having made 91 appearances in the competition.

    He is also the most-capped Wallaby prop of all time, finishing the 2016 season with 85 caps to his name.

  • 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 NSW Kids in Need and is a member of Chief Executive Women.

  • gettyimages 627168154.jpg?ixlib=rails 1.1

    Stephen Moore

    Co-Opted Director

    A former RUPA Player Director for the Brumbies, Stephen Moore was elected as a Co-Opted Director after returning to Brisbane and the Reds in 2017.

    Stephen has made more Super Rugby appearances than any other Australian player, and at the beginning of 2017 had 116 Wallaby Caps to his name. The current Wallaby Captain, Moore served as the Brumbies' Player Director for a total of eight years; from 2006-2008, and from 2012-2016.

  • Adam Wallace-Harrison

    Co-Opted Director

    A former RUPA President during his playing days, Adam Wallace-Harrison retired at the end of the 2013 season.

    Wallace-Harrison has remained on the RUPA Board as a Co-Opted Director since moving into his a career in finance, where he now works as a Financial Broker.

    Adam made nearly 70 appearances as a lock for the Reds and Brumbies during his professional career.

  • Ross Xenos


    Ross Xenos, has been the Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) CEO since March 2015.

    Prior to that, Ross served as RUPA’s Deputy CEO, having joined the organisation as Player Services Manager in March 2011.

    Before joining RUPA, Ross was the Marketing & Membership Manager at Sydney University Sport & Fitness (SUSF) for three years, where he was responsible for managing the brand, marketing, communications, events and commercial revenue generation of the organisation.

    Ross is also currently a Board Director of the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA), the international representative body of all professional rugby players and their associations, and is also on the Board of the Australian Athletes’ Alliance (AAA). rupa web  edm sponsors 2017.jpg?ixlib=rails 1.1