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2015 Coach Development Programme


The Waikato Rugby Union is dedicated to developing rugby coaches with a variety of coach development workshops, courses and general assistance.

Please keep an eye on this page for up to date details on each of the coach development courses listed below.


Developing Rugby Coaches Course – Level 1 & 2 (IRB - NZRU)


Coaches that are coaching from a secondary school 1st XV level and above are welcome to enroll onto this course.

To enrol for the 2015 Developing Rugby Coaches Courses, click here.

The 2015 DRC courses will be held on Friday 30 January - Sunday 1 February.

The deadline to enroll for this course is Monday 15th December 2014.

* Next course to held at a similar time in 2016.

Here are a couple of photos from the successful 2014 Developing Rugby Coaches Course with 36 coaches in attendance.




Advanced Coaching Course – Level 3 (IRB – NZRFU)


This course will be run by Waikato Rugby Development Team in conjunction with the NZRU and the Chiefs. Coaches must have completed and passed the DRC level 1 & 2 course before enrolling. There are limited numbers that can attend this course.

This course includes developing a comprehensive year plan, team selection, establishing an effective team culture, physical preparation and nutrition, back attack, law, applied individual skills training, game planning, advanced continuity skills, sport psychology and communication skills. Coaches completing this course will also gain the IRB Level 3 qualification (Analyzing and Preparing Player).

Recommended for: First XV secondary school coaches, senior club coaches, provincial senior coaches, provincial and national age-grade coaches, Super Rugby coaches, All Blacks coaches.

Prerequisites: 1. Accredited Developing Rugby Coaches Course, 2. Endorsement of Provincial Union.

Course Date: TBA


Practical Coaching Workshop Series


These are a series of practical and theory based workshops that are open to all coaches. Sessions will be advertised by email and posted on the WRU website

The Coach Development Series will be a mixture of practical coaching workshops designed for coaches of all levels.

The workshops are an opportunity for coaches to get up to date information about key aspects of rugby. The workshops are field based, free of charge and run by WRU staff. Coaches will learn new ideas on how to teach skills as well as up to date drills.

The first workshop is scheduled for Monday 9 February and will continues for the following seven weeks (eight workshops in total).

High Performance – Academy Squad Skill & Position Specific Trainings

Who: All Secondary & Senior Club Coaches

Why: To observe and learn from ITM & HP Coaching Team

When: it Starts : Monday 16th Feb

What: Time : 6.30 - 8pm

Where: Beetham Park

Duration: 7 weeks ( All Mondays finishing 30th March)

Please note this is for coaches only.


Teenage Rugby Coaching Course


The Teenage Rugby Coaching Course has been developed to provide coaches with a basic understanding of facets of the game of rugby. The resource is directed at coaches of teenage grades (Under 14 - Under 17).

It includes a comprehensive manual focusing on the skills of rugby as well as providing basic information on teaching a skill and the practical implications of rugby training.

The Teenage Coaching course is divided into four stages: Rugby Smart, game knowledge, teaching skills and how to run an effective practice.

Who: Secondary School Coaches
Why: To gain specific information techniques on how to coach key parts of the game to your teenage players
When: Sunday 19th April
What Time: 8am – 4pm
Where: Waikato Stadium Level 3
Cost: $40 to cover Food & Resource costs

Click here to download the application form for the 2015 NZRFU Teenage Coaches course.

Click here to view the schedule for the 2015 NZRFU Teenage Coaches course.

* Application forms due by Friday 10 April.



Creative Coaching Workshops


This is a new initiative from the WRU to get Waikato's elite coaches rubbing shoulders with each other.

The purpose of the workshops is to create ideas that will evolve the game, look at current trends, and predict where the game is heading in the future and how to adapt game philosophies accordingly.

These are Workshops are by invitation only

Details TBA


Compulsory Coach Registration Courses

Small Blacks (U5 –U13)


This course is a NZRU accredited course and is compulsory for all Small Blacks coaches to attend. RDC’s will contact clubs directly to confirm dates, times and venues.

The Small Blacks Course is a series of introductory courses that emphasizes creating an environment of skill, development and fun. A user-friendly coach’s handbook and coaching resources are issued free to all coaches who attend the course.

The courses are split into three groups:

A. Beginning Rugby Course: for under 6 - 7 coaches

B. Learning Rugby Course: for under 8 - 10 coaches

C. Playing Rugby Course: for under 11 - 13 coaches

These courses start late March and run until competition starts end of April.

Your Rugby Development Coach will be contact clubs directly in February to confirm dates, times and venues.


Rugby Smart (U14 – Senior Level)


This course is a NZRU accredited course and is compulsory for all secondary school and senior club coaches to attend.

Rugby Smart was developed jointly by the New Zealand Rugby Union and ACC. It’s all about lifting team performance by ensuring players are physically and technically at their peak before they put their bodies on the line.

Rugby Smart is based around ACC Sport Smart, the 10-point action plan for sports injury prevention. It’s a comprehensive approach that is about keeping players where coaches and supporters want them: on the field, contributing to a winning team effort.

These courses start mid Feb and run until competition starts mid-March.

Your Rugby Development Coach will be contact clubs directly in January to confirm dates, times and venues.


WRU Rugby Development Coaches


Rhys Bayliss 021 242 0492

Reuben Samuel 021 228 5388

Alf Daniels 021 242 0840

Andrew Spraggon 021 228 5054