Let's reflect on the rugby year – something every player and coach should do at the close of the season. If the aim is to perform, then reassessing what went well, what didn’t, and how it can get better is a fundamental requirement.

The International Rugby scene has become even more interesting after RWC 15 & the Olympic 7’s.

Robbie MalneekHe never made it to the 'Big Dance' of International Rugby, nor did he ever play rugby at Super Rugby level.

However what IRANZ Graduate Robbie Malneek did achieve was a decorated ITM Cup career, where he featured for the Tasman Makos over 100 times. Now he's watching NBA on his days off as he plays the last games of his career for Mystic River in Boston, USA.

The country which gave the world Champagne and sultry women are about to go through a rugby renaissance. Guy Novès, the new French coach is ‘old school’ – but not in the general sense…

Club Atlético del Rosario Under 19s

In February 2016, a group of coaches and young rugby players from Club Atlético del Rosario arrived in New Zealand. As a unit, they travelled to Palmerston North to attend a customised course at IRANZ.

This week, they were crowned National Club Champions of Argentina.

Coaching a rugby team is a truly great challenge. The bigger the team, the bigger the microscope – and this week, there was a lot of attention on Steve Hansen and his coaching staff.

A team's performance is judged on a weekly basis, but the performance of a coach on the other hand is judged by a team's progress ie. did the team get better as the season wore on?

"These courses exemplify why New Zealand are the world leaders in rugby"
"These courses exemplify why New Zealand are the world leaders in rugby" – Graham Henry, Former All Black Coach
"IRANZ exposes players and coaches to what's expected at a professional level"
"IRANZ exposes players and coaches to what's expected at a professional level" – Steve Hansen, All Blacks Head Coach