Very few would’ve taken an interest in knowing who their club’s RPA delegate was before Covid-19 brought the whole world to a standstill.
But in unprecedented times likes these, the role of the delegates is more important than ever.
Essentially, they serve as a link between their teammates and the RPA, while any vital information is passed on to them personally.
Bath: Matt Garvey
A new recruit ahead of the 2013/14 season, second row/back row Matt Garvey joined Bath Rugby from London Irish, where his exploits at the line-out and in the loose earned him a call-up to the England Saxons. Essex-born Garvey poses a potent threat in all facets of play, and has made a name for himself in the Premiership for his tough tackling and dominance at the breakdown.
Bristol Bears: Tom Lindsay
joined Bristol Bears from Championship outfit Bedford Blues ahead of the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership season. Former Saracens, Wasps and Gloucester man made three Gallagher Premiership appearances in 2018/19. The hooker, who played for England Saxons during the 2010 Churchill Cup, has a wealth of experience in the number two shirt.
Exeter Chiefs: Phil Dollman
Rob Baxter’s first signing when he took charge of the Exeter Chiefs back in 2009, the Welshman has played an integral role in the rise of the Devon club since his arrival. Last season, Dollman marked ten years at the Devon club with a testimonial year.
Gloucester: Mark Atkinson
He passed a century of appearances for the club in 2018-19 and was selected in the Premiership Rugby Team of the Season. The centre also earned a Barbarians call-up to play against England at Twickenham.