International Rugby Coaching Camps

International Rugby Coaching Camps

NZ Sports Academy provide rugby training camps for rugby coaches from all over the world

Our rugby coaching camps are for coaching staff who want to improve their unit & individual skill-base, learn innovative training & coaching techniques and develop their team systems – all in our environment.

The rugby coaching camp programme for coaches consists of:

  • “Learn the skill not the drill”
  • Game planning based on Maori rugby (Free flowing running rugby)
  • “14 men working as a team so the 15th man can score”
  • Work with NZSA students all day with weights, fitness, speed/agility, game plans.
  • Individual skills, unit skills, mini units.
  • Organise and run training sessions
  • View and assess NZSA rugby games
  • Team Management- What are my team protocols and policies and aims?
  • Team Selection & Positional Management- What are my selection policies & players positional requirements?
  • Game-plan & Strategies- How do I design effective game-plans to match my strengths?
  • Preparation- How do I prepare & motivate my team?

Also includes using our players for assessment purposes. You will have 20 players to utilise and also have the opportunity to be involved in Saturday clubs games

2016 NZSA Individual Coaching Programme Fees

Individual Coach 1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks

4 Weeks

Total Cost (per person)





  • Prices (NZ Dollars) as at August 2015. Note this does not include airfare to New Zealand
  • Subject to change.

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Coach Testimonial

“Jim really engaged with me and taught me that the skill was more important than the drill! Famous words from a very famous man. He made it fun, interesting and realistic, so that I could break down the skill and understand it fully. Seeing examples of what the players do everyday and be able to work with world-reknowned players were second to none. Thank you, also to all your members of staff for having great patience when dealing with a very excited South African coach wanting to learn. Everyone made me feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble.”
Andre Beukes,
Head of rugby Brentwood Prep, Coach Basildon RFC

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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