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- England flanker Maggie Alphonsi reflects on her life-changing year
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Preparing for life after rugby and celebrating a life-changing year are the themes of this week's RFU Podcast.
We speak to Damian Hopley and Chris Malone, the chairman and vice chairman of the Rugby Players Association, about the impact their new funding agreement will make on the future health and welfare of the game's professional players.
Former Leicester Tigers and England Saxons lock Richard Blaze reflects on his own injury-shortened career and England Women's flanker Maggie Alphonsi looks back on a life-changing year that has brought her recognition on and off the pitch.
The £2.7million funding agreement with the RFU and Premiership Rugby will enable the RPA to put more player development managers in place working directly with players to provide education and vocational training.
Malone told the RFU.com podcast: "I worked before playing professional rugby but most guys have come straight out of school without thinking too much about the future. As far as they see it the future is gaining recognition, playing for England and making a fortune. The reality is that rugby careers don't last forever."
For the full interviews download the December 16, 2010 podcast by right clicking on the link and selecting 'save as'. Or subscribe via iTunes by pasting the following url into the subscribe page http://www.rfu.com/podcast/subscribe/podcast.xml.
The RFU.com podcast takes you inside English rugby from the grassroots to the elite.