A Leamington sports lawyer has played a major part in the launch of a new representative body for professional rugby coaches.
Richard Moon, head of sports and employment law at Blythe Liggins Solicitors, has got together with rugby legend Sir Ian McGeechan and others to form the Rugby Coaches Association (RCA) for professional coaches in both rugby union and rugby league.
Mr Moon, a former England, Barbarians, Harlequins and Cambridge University scrum half (whose brother Rupert played scrum half for Wales), said that RCA had been set up as an independent organisation to represent all member coaches in their dealings with governing bodies and other stakeholders in rugby union and rugby league.
Mr Moon once sat on the governing body of the RFU and was also involved in the establishment of the Rugby Union Players Association in 1996.
“The association will promote the two codes and the views of coaches on key issues within union and league and the wider sporting world, acting as the collective and representative voice of its members,” he said. “It will also safeguard the rights and privileges of its members in areas such as employment law and financial services.”
The RCA has been set up as a not-for-profit company which ensures that all profits will be re-invested back in the association. Other directors include Phil Davies (Cardiff Blues), Glenn Delaney (London Irish) and Professor Dave Collins (former performance director of UK Athletics). In addition, Neil Back (Edinburgh Rugby), Jim Mallinder (Northampton Saints), Conor O’Shea (Harlequins) and Tony Smith (Warrington Wolves) have agreed to be ‘ambassadors’ for the association.
Commenting on the launch of the Association, Sir Ian McGeechan said: “We have no united voice and have been left to look after our individual affairs, unlike the players for example, for whom the Rugby Players Association does an excellent job.”