Scottish Rugby encouraged to form players' association

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Scotland, ranked fifth in the world, has no rugby players association

Scotland’s top rugby professionals would benefit from an “incredibly important” players’ body, according to the head of the International Rugby Players Association.

Omar Hassanein, the group’s chief executive, believes representative players’ associations are “essential”.

Scotland is the only Tier One nation where no such organisation exists.

“We’ve tried to work with Scottish Rugby on this over the years, in recent times quite a bit,” Hassanein said.

“The player leaders in Scotland are certainly interested in having one.

Does Scottish rugby need a players association?

“The obvious thing is, you need to be able to fund an association if you want to start with one or two staff to drive the various initiatives. That becomes your immediate hurdle.

“But once you’re able to find a model and solution, which more often than not is in collaboration with the governing bodies, it’s an essential aspect, I believe, to have.”

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The IRPA is based in Dublin,