Advanced Coaches Course

As secondary school rugby continues to grow in ability and professionalism, the demands of 1st XV and age-grade representative coaches have become increasingly high.

However, despite these growing demands, there is a real lack of development opportunity for coaches aspiring to coach and/or achieve at this level.

That’s why IRANZ developed the Advanced Coaches Course.

Designed specifically for ambitious Secondary School and age-grade representative coaches, this programme is most suited to rugby coaches with at least some level of coaching experience – but aspire to achieve in a high performance, 1st XV environment.

The Advanced Coaches Course focuses on coaching players aged between 16 and 18 years of age.

The programme includes various modules in both classroom and practical settings, aiming to equip participants with a full set of tools that can be implemented within their own environment that will have an instantly recognisable impact on performance.

Course modules

Advanced Coaches Course modules include:

  • Design and Implementation of a Game Plan
  • Coach Philosophy
  • Team Profiling
  • Patterns of Play and Tactics
  • Defensive patterns and structure
  • Talent identification
  • Live match observation
  • Performance analysis & the team review process
  • Position-specific coaching knowledge

The Advanced Coaches Course programme runs in-tandem with our Advanced Players Course, providing Coach participants the unique opportunity to work live with players, under the guidance of our expert Staff Coaches.

The programme also includes a live match observation, where Position-Specific experts work with individual players across the field in a live scenario. This provides Coach participants an opportunity to learn each position across the field with in comprehensive detail.

Each Advanced Coaches Course participant is provided a Course assessment from our expert Staff Coaches. This identifies key strengths and work-ons for each individual coach, ensuring participants can focus their post-Course development in the right areas and continue development long after the programme is complete.

Ernst Koen shares his thoughts on his IRANZ Coaches’ Course experience.

Course fees

Course fees include the following:

  • Individual Course Assessment
    • Provides feedback on strengths and work-ons
  • Course material folder; including season planner, training diary and more
  • All training and tuition
  • An IRANZ Training Shirt
  • All food for the duration of the programme (fully catered)
  • Accommodation for the full duration of the programme (6 nights) – staying on-site at the Massey Sport & Rugby Institute
  • Travel Transfers (from Palmerston North Airport, Bus Stop, local accommodation or i-Site)

Upcoming Course Dates

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I learned how to look at things from a different perspective. My players still benefit from what I learned at IRANZ every day. The calibre of the tutors was top shelf, by far the best Coaching Courses on offer anywhere. 


John Eggleton, Coach (St. Pats Silverstream College Coach)

John attended the Advanced Coaches Course in 2015, and went on to win the competition with his 2nd XV side in 2016.

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