After being crowned the Rugby World Cup champions in 1995 various commercial parties offered the industry lucrative broadcasting and other commercial deals. These amateur/part-time players were required to pursue full-time rugby careers as the sport turned professional. Players were in need of professional assistance with regards to employment-matters and negotiations.
We provide player-driven solutions to improve the lives of our members.
We believe rugby is more than just a game.
“MyPlayers have grown so much in recent times. When I started playing professionally the only thing you’d focus on was the game of rugby. There is unfortunately so much more that needs to be looked after and the service that MyPlayers provides is very beneficial for the players. More importantly, through this entity the players have a voice and a say in terms of the decisions that gets made about their livelihood. This was not always the case and the organisation must be complimented for what it has achieved over the last 20 years!”-
“Celebrating 20 years as a players’ organisation is a great milestone and to be part of it back then as a player and also now is a big privilege. To have an organisation that looks after the collective interest of the players and to amplify their voice within the industry is something the players of today should not take for granted. Here’s to the next 20 years of promoting player participation,”-
The players’ organisation was initiated in 1998, after rugby players required professional, collective representation in the immediate years that followed after rugby turned professional.
Springbok players wanted to strike about their contracts, but instead they decided to wear white armbands in their next match, without their management consent as they were scared that they would force them to take it off. After the players have sung the National Anthem, they took of their jackets and so the public discussion about the armbands started. After long discussions and player solidarity, disputes were resolved with the players and the players’ organisation have their first seat on SARU’s executive committee.
The commercial arm of the players’ organisation was established.
The MyPlayers Financial Services division of the players’ organisation was created in 2014 to look after the members’ core financial services.
Marks the 20-years anniversary of the players’ organisation.
The players’ organisation looks after the professional rugby players’ collective interest and advocates for player participation in the decision-making process of the South African Rugby Union (SARU).