Course Benefits

Course Benefits

Benefits of the NZ Sports Academy Rugby Programme


  • The New Zealand sports academy have a proven track record and have been successfully training rugby players, teams and coaches for 16 years.
  • We are the only fulltime academy in New Zealand bringing together players from New Zealand and Overseas from February through to November
  • Receive world class coaching with innovative coaching techniques – Improving & developing your individual rugby skills
  • Train and develop alongside 25 young Maori players every day – Learning a different style of rugby, Maori rugby
  • Meet and learn from New Zealand rugby legends and mentors
  • Receive a rugby focussed strength and conditioning programme tailored to you and your position.
  • At the gym you will be partnered with another NZSA member always under the watchful eye of our trainers making for a professional and structured training regime.
  • Continued rugby mentoring after you leave, you’re part of the NZSA whanau (family).


  • Watch Live Super Rugby and ITM Cup rugby, enjoy the atmosphere of being amongst New Zealand rugby fans.
  • Be part of the NZ Sports Academy Team and play invitational rugby and rugby league games through out the year.
  • Play with other NZSA players in a local club team in the Bay of Plenty competition

New Zealand & Maori culture

  • Learn about Maori culture & people.
  • Be immersed in our way of life with our Maori players. They come from all over New Zealand . Learn about their life and where they come from, just as they will be interested in you! Make lifelong friends.
  • Manaakitanga (Hospitality) is part of our culture, Maori take pride in hosting and taking care of our visitors. Parents can be sure their sons will be well looked after in our NZSA family(whanau)
  • Learn traditional parts of our culture
    • Tikanga (Maori traditions and customs)
    • Our NZ Sports Academy haka (war dance)
    • Waiata (songs)
    • Mau rakau (Maori martial arts)
    • Ta Moko (Maori tattoo)
  • Experience the NZ way of life and develop life skills
  • Enjoy NZ sights and activities

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“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