Advanced Players Course

In this day and age, some players have secured professional contracts as early as the tender age of 18/19 years old. As such, player development has never been more crucial in the mid-late teen years for those rugby players seeking the path to professional rugby.

The Advanced Players Course was designed to fast-track player development as the transition is made to senior rugby.

Typically for players aged 16-18 years-old, the Advanced programme provides players an insight to the levels expected in a professional rugby environment – with the objective of embedding positive training and self-management habits that will ultimately steer players on the path to professional rugby.

The Advanced Players Course covers the following modules:

  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning Skills – strength, power and speed
  • Advanced Nutrition
  • Video review and the Game-Analysis process
  • Conducting self-review
  • Rugby intelligence & tactical awareness
  • Game plan comprehension
  • Advanced game awareness, vision and decision-making
  • Position-Specific analysis & performance review
  • Advanced Position-Specific skills, roles and responsibilities
  • Self-management & leadership
  • Mind management & mental skills
  • Recovery protocols

Each participant is allocated a Position-Specific specialist – often a current or former international coach or player – that will teach the player 1:1 and introduce them to the advanced skills required in their position.

Course and Position-Specific Assessments are provided by the Course Facilitator and Position-Specific Coach respectively. This provides participants with a clear understanding of their strengths and work-ons – and where their future in the game lies. This ultimately creates a development plan which guides the player’s training pathway in years to come.

Korie Winters shares his thoughts following the completion of an IRANZ Player Course.

Course fees

  • NZ Price: $3290 NZD
  • Overseas Price: $3790 NZD

Course fees include:

  • 1 x Course Assessment
    • An appraisal that provides insight into the participant’s technical, tactical, physical and mental attributes
  • 1 x Position-Specific Assessment
    • An appraisal which discusses the participant’s positional future in the game, identifying player strengths and key work-ons for optimal improvement
  • 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, Palmerston North
  • Travel Transfers (from Palmerston North Airport to facility, Bus Stop, local accommodation or i-Site)

Fee-free payment plans are also available on request.

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  • As his Mum it’s been obvious in his overall attitude to training, his training ethics, his attitude to both sport and school life, his selection into CAS and NSW squads… I like to think that attending IRANZ is one of the reasons why these have happened. These Courses build character!


    Fua Tauiliili-Pelesasa, Parent (NSW)

    Fua’s son Miller attended the Advanced Players Course in 2017, and was selected for various representative sides the following year.

    IRANZ Live ‘20 was a remarkable achievement for the organisers and presenters. As an attendee, IRANZ Live exceeded my initial expectations and provided a unique coach development opportunity with contributions from a long list of world-class rugby figures. The range of delivery and content was excellent, and a superb balance of interactive tasks and Q & A opportunities. Over the 12 days, IRANZ staff deserve credit for creating such a positive and personal environment for coaches to learn. With 2020 being the first year of IRANZ Live, the structure and delivery was without fault and I would highly recommend the online experience to fellow coaches as an alternative to attending in person. I am proud now to be a part of the IRANZ community.


    Alex Loney, IRANZ Live Graduate (Head of Rugby at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, UK)

    Alex attended the First IRANZ Live Programme in 2020

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