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 time at the New Zealand Sports Academy was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Playing rugby in New Zealand had always been a goal of mine and upon searching for ways to so this, I stumbled across the Academy and it met all of my expectations. Although I was only there for four weeks, I was able to improve my skills and fitness drastically due to the high level coaching from Darrel and the tough training regimen. Monday to Thursday at the Academy would consist of some tough weights sessions alongside skill, fitness and speed sessions, all of which enabled me to see a huge improvement in all of these areas over the 4 weeks. I was lucky enough to play a couple of games for Rotorua U21s as set up by the Academy. I even got to captain my last game which was an incredible experience. Being an international student I received position specific coaching sessions from Darrel while the domestic students attended class. This was invaluable as we covered many aspects including tackle technique, break down work, foot work and line out throws. Darrel also introduced me to the Maori style of running rugby, which emphasises the importance of handling and footwork (even if you\\\'re a front rower), this has taken my game to the next level and I noticed a hige improvement in my attacking game upon my return to England. In addition to the rugby, the Academy also ensures you experience the Maori culture and the various other attractions of Rotorua. During my time here I was lucky enough to watch a Chiefs game, go white water rafting and experience the \\\'Te Puia Geothermal Gite and Maori Village\\\' all of which were amazing experiences. The Academy was the highlight of my trip to New Zealand and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to experience rugby in New Zealand.”

Peter Davies, Northampton, UK