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RLPA Board

The RLPA Board

Russell Adams

Chair

Principal Consultant - Russell Adams Consulting. Russell Adams is a senior lawyer and business consultant with over 30 years’ experience as an adviser and senior executive. As a partner at leading commercial law firm Phillips Fox his practice background focused on insurance and financial services and involved advising on a wide range of ...

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Clint Newton

General President

Clint Newton is the Chair and General President of the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA). The players elected him RLPA General President in 2013 and in 2015 he assumed the additional role of Chair.Clint was born in America, where his father Jack Newton OAM was one of Australia’s leading professional golfers.The family relocated to Newca ...

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Deidre Anderson

Director

Deputy Vice Chancellor - Macquarie University. The vision for Deidre’s portfolio is for Macquarie to be the number one University in Australia for Student Experience.Previously, Deidre has held senior roles within the private sector and Federal and Local government and has held Executive positions both at international and national level ...

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George Burgess

Director

George is an English professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. He has represented England in the forwards and scored a try in the 2014 Telstra NRL Grand Final won by the Rabbitohs.He was elected to the Board of the RLPA at the 2015 AGM.

Jeremy Latimore

Director

Jeremey Latimore began his first grade career in 2009  with the Parramatta Eels and in the seven seasons since has played with the Warriors, Dragons and Penrith Panthers where in 2016 he played his 120th NRL Game. In 2016 he also completed his Bachelor of Business degree and is a strong advocate for player education and personal development.

James Maloney

Director

James Maloney currently plays with the Cronulla Sharks. He made his first grade debut in 2009 with Melbourne Storm and in 2010 moved to the New Zealand Warriors for two seasons.James joined the Sydney Roosters in the five-eighth role in 2013 and in the same year set up two tries and scored 10 points in the Grand Final to&nb ...

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Tim Mannah

Director

Tim Mannah is co-captain of the Parramatta Eels in the NRL competition. In 2006 Tim played in the Australian Schoolboys team and in 2008 was the inaugura captain of the Parramatta Eels NYC team. He made his NRL debut in 2009. In 2010, Tim played for the both the City team and the NSW of Or ...

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Cameron Smith

Director

 A recognised leader both on and off the field Cameron is the captain of Australia, Queensland and the Melbourne Storm, becoming in 2015 the Club’s first 300-Game player. He joined the RLPA Board in 2016 and believes he can make a significant contribution to the future of the Game through his role with the RLPA. He is passionate about th ...

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Joseph Sponholz

Director

Principal, Head of the Global Professional Sports Practice - Partners in Performance. Joseph has a B.A. (Politics) and achieved his Juris Doctor degree with honours from the Fordham University of Law. Joseph served as the first male Board member of the Fordham University Battered Women’s Advocacy Project and has been admitted to the Bars ...

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Ian Prendergast

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Prendergast joined the RLPA in December 2015 from the AFL Players Association where he had been the General Manager of Player Relations since 2009.He completed his law degree at Monash University while playing 65 AFL games over eight years for the Carlton Football Club.He is also a past General Secretary of the Australian At ...

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