Rugby Players Ireland Agent Regulation Scheme
Rugby Players Ireland, along with the IRFU, the RFU and WRU have worked together to established of a common set of regulations for agents operating on behalf of players across the three territories. The Agent Regulations, which are an adaptation of RFU’s Regulation 8, have been passed by the IRFU and have been formally incorporated into its Regulations and is known as Regulation 11.
The announcement is good news for both players and agents. With a heavy emphasis on education, the scheme will ensure that all players will be represented by agents with a thorough knowledge of the playing contract. The Agent Regulations also outlines for players what to expect from their appointed agent.
From the agents perspective it will allow them to operate in England and Wales without having to make additional registrations.
The Home Unions Regulations will be overseen by an Agents Review Board which will have representation from each of the Home Unions as well as an agent representative. In Ireland, the scheme will be administered by IRUPA under the ‘Irish Rules’ and will be overseen by the Irish Agents Registration Board.
The Irish Agents Registration Board is made up of the independent chair is Sarah O’Connor, former Chief Executive of the Irish Federation of Sport and current Head of Sport at Wilson Hartnell PR. Derek Hegarty, a solicitor and former Terenure and Leinster scrumhalf. Former Director of Irish Rugby Eddie Wigglesworth and Ryan Constable, director at Esportif who will represent the agents.