The International 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 Domestic 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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Considering a Gap Year in 2017?

 

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: info@nzsportsacademy.co.nz

GAP YEAR IN 2017? Consider playing rugby in New Zealand. NZSA provides rugby training and netball programmes for domestic and international players. For more information: [email protected]

Latest News

Testimonial – Billy Hicks

In 2006 I enrolled into NZ Sports Academy to better my Rugby skills. I didn’t know what to expect but all I knew, I wanted to succeed in Rugby. At the Academy, we lived and breathe Rugby…..literally! Starting 7am on the dot (there were punishments if you were one minute late) with Shaun Tata, we

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Testimonial Curtis van der Heyden

My experience as a member of the New Zealand Sports Academy began in 2007, and an experience of a lifetime it was at that. I was an unestablished, inexperienced rugby player hoping to grow in knowledge and leave a footprint on the rugby world. Upon joining I was informed that it was a full time

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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 2017? 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.


HAERE MAI – WELCOME

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.

  Register Now!

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

 

Testimonial

“My experience as a member of the New Zealand Sports Academy began in 2007, and an experience of a lifetime it was at that. I was an unestablished, inexperienced rugby player hoping to grow in knowledge and leave a footprint on the rugby world.

Upon joining I was informed that it was a full time course that required only a few key attributes of me… “hard work, commitment, honesty, and a whole lot of sweat.” It now dawns on me that it was a small price to pay for what I got out of it

The trainers we had at the time were Darrel Shelford and Shaun Tata, who I can not express to how much I enjoyed having them there to kick me in the backside and equally the amount of work they put in to getting the best out of us. The thing that amazes me the most about the coaching staff is just how vast their range of knowledge is. There doesn’t seem to be a thing they do not know about rugby and that quickly rubs off on the students.

Once I completed the programme I joined the Bay of Plenty Rugby Academy which lead to playing for representative sides such as;

Bay of Plenty Under 20s

Bay of Plenty Development

Bay of Plenty Steamers

Bay of Plenty 7s

I was then contracted to a club side in Dallas Texas before being contracted to a club side in Sydney Australia. All of which I accredit to the New Zealand Sports Academy

I am currently a firefighter in Rotorua and spend a lot of my summer times travelling with various invitational sevens teams and competing in tournaments worldwide.”


Curtis van der Heyden