The Domestic Programme

We recruit players from the 17 – 25 age group from all over New Zealand to join the Academy for 38 weeks. We offer full time career, netball and rugby development coaching opportunities.

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The International Programme

NZSA provides professional rugby tuition for overseas players and coaches (for both individuals and teams) who participate in tailored programmes conducted by world class coaches & trainers.

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Latest News

Testimonials from Lynmore Primary School

Hi Darrel and the Rugby training team I just wanted to express my huge thanks and gratitude to you for the help you gave me with the training of our rugby boys. It was great that they could get some really good one on one attention focussing on developing their skills. The improvement from the

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Recruiting Now For 2015

Come and join us at the New Zealand Sports Academy and maximise your individual performance. Hurry places are filling up fast for both our domestic and international programmes If you play Rugby, Rugby League (both domestic and international programmes), Womens Rugby or Netball (domestic only) and want to develop your skills we want YOU for

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Warringah Rugby Testimonial

We received great feedback from Guy Fraser-Hills, Newport Rugby Coach and Warringah Representative Head Coach I first met Jim and Darrel when they came to Australia to coach the Warringah Representative Rugby teams for the NSW State Championships. They gave us a whole new approach to rugby that excited every player and every coach in the

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Bay of Plenty rugby League

Congratulations to all our boys who made the BOP Rugby League team. Ten in total (Past and present). Follow our link to find out more details here: Related posts: Rotorua Academy boys picked for Under 20’s Bay of Plenty team Rotorua Academy boys picked for Under 20's Bay of Plenty team NZ Sports Academy

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Testimonial from St Aloysius College

St Aloysius College ventured to NZSA in Rotorua , in April for a 7 day intensive training camp. The tour was a fantastic culture experience for the boys with highlights being , white water rafting , Luge rides, Polynesian spas and the traditional Haka welcome by the NZSA academy boys. The players also learnt a

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Welcome to the New Zealand Sports Academy

Where you can expect first-class rugby coaching from the best rugby coaches in the world.

The New Zealand Sports Academy is for young netball, rugby union and rugby league players, coaches and teams who want to develop their skills and experience Maori culture at it's best!

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Your future rugby career starts here.

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Benefits of enrolling with NZSA

  • We are the only fulltime academy in New Zealand bringing together players from New Zealand and Overseas from February through to October
  • Receive world class coaching with innovative coaching techniques
  • Meet and learn from New Zealand rugby legends and mentors
  • Learn about the Maori culture & people
  • Experience the NZ way of life and develop life skills
  • Enjoy NZ sights and activities



“I spent three months at the NZSA and it was the best experience ever. If any rugby player wants to improve their skills, technique and fitness level this is the place to be. Living rugby is what it is all about, in a professional environment with support and guidance from the best coaches and performance trainers. The NZSA is based in Rotorua in the heart of the Bay of Plenty. There is a challenging rugby competition for every level. Being with the boys at the academy, I had a great time, training everyday and at night training with our clubs. In the weekend we came across each other in club rugby which made it even more exciting. The academy has their own teams too, training at the academy every day with the same guys made our team really strong and during my time at the academy, we hadn’t lost a game.”

Matt Cotton