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Sale Sharks Mean Business

November 27th, 2012

Sale Sharks players turned out in force for the first RPA Business Club networking evening in Manchester. The event was attended by 20 members of the first-team squad and a range of businesses from the North-West.

This season The RPA will hold a Business Club networking evening at each of the 12 Aviva Premiership Clubs. The evenings are part of the RPA Player Development Programme), which offers individual support to players in their personal and professional development, helping them to identify a second career and prepare for a smooth transition into life after rugby.

England international, Mark Cueto, certainly felt the night was a success and of a great benefit to the players: “There was a huge amount of interest from all the boys, not just from players like myself who are coming to the end of their careers. There were a lot of young lads who wanted to see what options were available to them.”

Wales and Sale scrum-half, Dwayne Peel, already part-owns a restaurant in Llanelli with Welsh team-mate Stephen Jones, but he saw the event as a great way to build contacts and pick up a few tips: “Nights like tonight are a really good opportunity for the guys to meet people and discuss the future. We all know we’ll need to work once we’ve retired from rugby and this is the ideal way to prepare for that.”

Sale Sharks’ RPA Player Rep, Sam Tuitupou, was also pleased with how the evening went: “I think it’s been superb, the boys were all really eager to come along and get involved, they even turned up half an hour early! There has been great support from the local business community, RPA business partners and Sale Sharks sponsors. I think we all managed to make some valuable contacts to help with life after rugby.”

There were a number of business professionals on hand to offer advice on a variety of industries including Education, Broadcasting, Sport and Leisure, Construction, Recruitment and Accountancy. RPA Business Partners Brewin Dolphin, The Lindley Group, Robert Walters and KPMG all gave up their time to attend and offered a number of players work experience opportunities.