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

We are now on Twitter!

We are now on Twitter! @NZSAMaoriRugby, the official Twitter account of NZSA. Follow us on Twitter

Gap Year

GAP YEAR IN 2016? Consider playing rugby in New Zealand. NZSA provides rugby training and netball programmes for domestic and international players. For more information: [email protected]

Eco-friendly Sports Academy

New Zealand Sports Academy wants to thank LiteClub for making us more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Follow us on our Facebook page for daily news about NZSA.

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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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!

Enrol Now!

Enrol Now!

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



“The coaching course offered by the academy provided me with an insight as to how rugby should be played and has equipped me with the tools to take the teams that I work with to new heights – from youngsters just starting their playing careers and needing to understand the basics to the seasoned campaigners in the Senior’s needing to be reminded of how simple the game should be played and why good techniques is so important. I learned so much in such a short time thanks to the excellent teaching styles of Jim and Darrel. Consequently, I would personally recommend a course at the academy both for coaches that have limited coaching experience as well for those with more extensive knowledge.”

Ted Chapman. Florida, USA