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2014 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.


Coach Development 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 and presentations by coaches that have coached at the professional level.

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 presentations can be attended by anyone in the coaching community and are designed to give aspiring coaches an insight in to the professional game and the roles the coach has to perform at the next level. Coaches that have presented in the past few years are: Aussie McLean, Darryl Suasua, Tony Hanks, Keith Robinson, Chris Gibbes, Scott McLeod and Ian Foster.

2014 Practical Coach Development Series 1 - Ball Handling & Running Lines - 10 Feb 2014

2014 Practical Coach Development Series 2 - Tackle Technique & Ruck Defence - 17 Feb 2014


Small Blacks

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 emphasises 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–Under 7 coaches, B. Learning Rugby Course: for Under 8–Under 10 coaches, C. Playing Rugby Course: for Under 11–Under 13 coaches.



This course is a NZRU accredited course and is compulsory for all secondary school and senior club coaches to attend. RDC’s will be contact clubs directly to confirm dates, times and venues.

RugbySmart 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.

RugbySmart is based around ACC SportSmart, 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.


Developing Rugby Coaches Course – Level 1 & 2

Details of the 2014 DRC courses will be posted when they become available.

Coaches that are coaching from a secondary school 2nd XV level and above are welcome to enrol onto this course.

For further information on the Developing Rugby Coaches Courses, click here.


Advanced Coaching Course – Level 3

This course will be run by NZRU Coach Development Manger Darryl Suasua in conjunction with the Chiefs. Coaches must have completed and passed the 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 (Analysing 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.


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.

It includes a comprehensive manual focussing 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: RugbySmart, game knowledge, teaching skills and how to run an effective practice.


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, predict where the game is heading in the future and how to adapt game philosophies accordingly.


WRU Rugby Development Coaches

Andrew Spraggon 021 228 5054

Rhys Bayliss 021 242 0492

Reuben Samuel 021 228 5388

Alf Daniels 021 242 0840