International Individual Rugby Player Course

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Your NZSA coaching programme

  • Personalised strength and conditioning programmes
  • Individual positional training
  • Unit and individual skills development
  • Attack and defence technical master classes
  • Rugby tactical and psychological development
  • How to play free-flowing attacking game plans
  • Maori culture and the Haka


“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.”

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  • Stay from 1 to 12 weeks
  • Play every week for a team at a level that suits you

2015-03-18 13.46.32 (1)Prices start from less than $1275 a week* for

  • The professional rugby development programme
  • Game time with NZSA students or local club
  • Homestay with 3 meals provided
  • NZSA playing and training kit
  • Airport transfer
  • Tourism activities: Luge, Polynesian spa, white-water rafting, hangi and concerts
  • Super 15 or NPC games

*Excludes flights, price for a 12-week stay


What the students have to say…

“Jim put together an insider’s look at high performance rugby training and development”

“The program gave us exactly what we wanted”

“The highlight of my NZ tour, without a doubt”

“Complemented by exposure to the tribal culture and traditions of the Maori people”

“The NZSA runs a very slick and professional programme”

“All the lads at the academy were all very welcoming and tried their best to help you fit in and do all they can to help you”

“Jim, you’ve made such an indelible impression on our son.”

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This is what a student wrote…

  • At the NZSA we do weights and core every morning. After a short breakfast stop the domestic boys usually go to class with Shaun the tutor and we, the international boys, go with Darrel to practice skills that we feel we need to work on to improve our game.
  • After another short stop for lunch, the students usually go out to the fields for fitness, skills or sometimes both for a couple hours in the afternoon.
  • The Academy also provides a wide range of activities for its International students. These range from trips to the beach to quad biking around the hills at Taupo.
  • The home stays selected by the Academy all do their best to help the Internationals feel “at home”, and create a friendly comfortable environment.
  • As part of the course you we do Mau Rakau every Thursday afternoon to learn about Maori traditions and culture. This always interesting and something we all look forward to.

For further information contact

Vicky Ward (NZ)

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Dan Cottrell (UK)

44 7717 578899

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“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 hit the gym with strength and core training all rugby related then by 9.15am we’d be all showered for a 15 min breakfast then straight into the classroom learning all rugby fundamentals. After Lunch we then hit the field for the rest of the afternoon working on fitness, drills, skill work, games, breaking down every little drill such as passing a ball and tackling.

This was all a huge shock to me. Darrel and Shaun (our coaching staff at the time) broke us in to pieces mentally and physically but taught us to learn to love the toughness. I cannot explain how much I enjoyed having them as a Coach pushing us to the absolute limit to get the best out of everyone. It truly amazes me how much knowledge they have of the game which they broke down into steps to give us a better understanding.

After graduating in 2007 at the Academy, I made move to Australia to succeed further in my rugby career with the Surfers Paradise Gold Coast Dolphins but really struggled to do so due to injury after injury. I got back into the gym for rehab and to focus on my weak points. Since day one at the academy I always loved being the gym, Smashing PBs, learning the correct form and techniques in lifting, and seeing great results in your body. Darrel and Shaun taught us how to look after our bodies from injuries and because of that, I had a speedy recovery.

By the end of my recovery, I decided to change codes and challenge myself with the discipline and dedication of Bodybuilding and Powerlifting.

2013 – North QLD WFF Fitness model – 1st place
2013 – Southern Hemisphere WFF – 5TH place
2014 – QLD INBA Fitness model
2015 – Australasia WBFF Muscle model – Top 20
2015 – Central QLD Vector Powerlifting champion (Total 620kg)
With the mental toughness and dedication I inherited from the NZSA, I took in everything I’ve learnt into my preparations and succeed numerous times. I am a Scaffold Supervisor currently preparing for the Australasia WBFF Championship and hoping succeed to WBFF Worlds next year in Las Vegas. I strongly recommend anyone to join the NZ Sports Academy as it has had a huge impact on my life.”

Billy Hicks, Rotorua