Melbourne Rebels and Wallabies playmaker Matt Toomua has replaced former Waratahs hooker Damien Fitzpatrick as the president of the Rugby Union Players' Association.
Toomua, 30, said it was a "great privilege" to be his teammates' primary representative for the players' union.
"As someone who has heavily benefited from the work done in the past by former players and RUPA delegates, I am very honoured to have this opportunity to assist our players and the game," Toomua said.
"We are fortunate to have some great experience in current and past players, along with industry experts guiding our journey. We will need all this experience as we navigate our way through these challenging times."
Fitzpatrick, who came on board as RUPA president in February 2018, will now serve as a director having announced his retirement from playing earlier in the year.
It will be a busy few months coming up for RUPA and Toomua, with fresh pay talks already underway given an agreement has only been signed until the end of this month.
Players are on a 30 per cent pay cut until September 30.
RUPA will also need to sort out a new collective bargaining agreement with Rugby Australia, which expires this year.
RUPA chief executive Justin Harrison said of Toomua's appointment: "Matt has vast experience as a professional player across a variety of environments. His pragmatism and considered views on the importance of player consultation and collaboration are founded on first-hand experiences that are invaluable when navigating a professional playing group through what will be a defining moment in the Australian rugby ecosystem."
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