IRANZ Insight: How to create meaningful player and coach pathways

All Black and IRANZ Graduate Ardie Savea pictured playing for his local club

I guess with 20 years of player and coach development at IRANZ and half that total coaching at club level, from age grade to Premier, I am equipped to make the following statement.

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IRANZ Insight: 2019 All Black Lock Selection

Sam Whitelock

To win the Rugby World Cup, you need the ball – and the lock’s role of aerial possession is now far more significant to secure the ball for their team.

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IRANZ Insight: 2019 All Black Hooker Selection

Codie Taylor and TJ Perenara (middle) attended the Advanced Players Course in 2008. Seven years later in 2015, they played together once again – this time, for the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup

Three Hookers will be selected in the All Black Squad for the Rugby World Cup Squad this year.

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IRANZ Insight: 2019 All Black Flanker Selection

Ardie Savea (left) and Liam Squire (right) both attended the Advanced Players Course in 2009

It’s time we, the punters, started picking the All Black Squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be breaking down who I would select for the squad, and the reasons behind each selection.

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IRANZ Insight: Pecking order in World Rugby about to change

IRANZ Insight: Pecking Order about to change

Rugby 7’s is fast becoming the show piece of Rugby Union.

An Olympic sport, played on a global circuit in exotic locations such as Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton, Sydney, Los Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Paris.

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IRANZ Insight: Mental Toughness

Steph Gilmore

All successful players know how to manage their thoughts and emotions. It is an art which once understood, is easy to use and often makes the difference between success and failure.

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IRANZ Insight: Why Akira Ioane missed out on the All Blacks Northern Tour

Akira Ioane

Akira Ioane has incredible talent – not only to be an All Black, but a great one at that.

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IRANZ Insight: There’s no ‘one way’ to Coach

IRANZ Staff Coach Wayne Smith

One of the beautiful aspects of Rugby Coaching is that the strategies, tactics and patterns employed by the coach are seldom right or wrong.

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IRANZ Insight: The professional coach environment

All Black Coach Steve Hansen and NZ Rugby CEO Steve Tew

There are many complexities to coaching in a professional environment.

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The dream’s not over

All Black Karl Tu'inukuafe

The 2018 All Black season has brought it’s fair share of stories to date.

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IRANZ Insight: 2018 Freedom Cup

All Blacks win the 2018 Freedom Cup

World Rugby rankings won’t reflect the enormity of the 2018 Freedom Cup, but it is clear to me the Boks are once again one of the two best rugby teams in the world.

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IRANZ Insight: All Black Test positions on the line

Ireland vs. the All Blacks

Steve Hansen has named a beatable All Black team to play Argentina this weekend.

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IRANZ Insight: Rugby Intelligence

South Africa Coach Rassie Erasmus

The Springbok victory and masterplan was all about reduction of time and space.

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IRANZ Insight: Coaches win matches – the Boks are back

Springboks celebrate defeating the All Blacks

The time when a tactic simply to grind out a victory was sufficient, is over. More than ever these days, winning the big matches requires a strategic master-plan.

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Rugby Administrators beware

Karl Tu'inukuafe

It was good to see Auckland Rugby record their 3rd win in as many games. Considering their player base, they have underperformed since they last won the provincial championship in 2007.

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IRANZ Insight: A real time “Rugby Masterclass”

All Blacks Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith

The All Black Wallaby test match was an exhibition of how rugby should be played. It was a fantastic example of two teams moving the ball at every single opportunity, seeking space and weakness in the opposition defence.

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IRANZ Insight: All Blacks set the pace

All Black Waisake Naholo

The focus on execution under pressure continues, as the ABs continually raise the bar.

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Professional Rugby: Why your son won’t make it

Reiko Ioane

Reiko Ioane became the eighth youngest All Blacks Test debutant ever at the tender age of 19 years old. This was only 18 months after he made his debut for the All Blacks Sevens team as a 17-year old in Wellington in 2015.

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IRANZ Insight: Why wear the Red Rose when you could wear the Silver Fern

Brad Shields

The most qualified and fit player to wear the All Black No 8 jersey against France, is Brad Shields.

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IRANZ Insight: IRANZ Graduate Vaea Fifita lights up the Rugby Championship

Vaea Fifita attended our High Performance Players Course in 2012. Five years later, he made his All Blacks debut against Samoa at Eden Park

The Rugby Championship is clearly the best rugby competition in the world. Could England or Ireland handle this level of physicality, skilful continuity and speed from one end of the field to the other? No. They couldn’t.

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