IRANZ Insight: We Got Dicked.

Wallabies celebrating after convincing win over the All Blacks

I am a supporter of Hansen and co. They’re the real deal and have done a good job so far.  

The core roles of the Head Coach are to select the team and develop the strategy.   

Learn more…

IRANZ Insight: Reid to play Blindside?

There is growing speculation that Kieran Reid will play at blindside against the Wallabies in Perth this Saturday.

Learn more…

Jamason’s Journey

Jamason Fa’anana Schultz attended our High Performance Course in February 2019. His journey since has been extraordinary. Named in the USA wider squad for the Pacific Nations Cup and RWC 2019 Jamason recently put on a superb performance for the US Eagles vs Canada.

Learn more…

Lessons Learnt

The All Black selectors have learnt their lesson. A draw is not a loss for the All Blacks but for South Africa it’s a win away from home and with it will come self-belief. They will be even harder to beat in Yokohama. 

Learn more…

IRANZ INSIGHT: The Bok are back

I eagerly await the naming of the All Black test team to play the Springbok.  It will be a strong indication of the ‘A’ Team who will carry the flag at the RWC.

Learn more…

IRANZ Insight: The parallel of selection and success

Sir Graham Henry presented to the IRANZ High Performance Coaches group this week and made a remarkable statement:  60% of being successful as a coach is selection.

Learn more…

IRANZ Insight: Hunger for Success

We’re going to have to be hungry for success,” Steve Hansen said, after announcing the squad. In my view this is the key attribute required to win the Rugby World Cup.  We have the players, we have the history, we have the technical and tactical skill and nous.  But we won’t win the Cup unless we have sufficient hunger! We often hear comments like “we need experience at this level.” This is true, but sometimes players with experience lack the hunger.  On the other hand they have the ability to apply themselves mentally – to live, think and play in the moment, without the mind being distracted in any way or form.  This is what we call mental toughness. Most experienced players have this attribute.  The hunger is desire – to be desperate to do as well as you possibly can.

Learn more…

IRANZ Insight: A cracker of a game

It was an absolute cracker and the Crusaders totally deserved their win.  It might have been by the narrowest of margins, but they led all the way. 

Learn more…

IRANZ graduate Eli Katoa signs with the Warriors

Less than two years after attending the IRANZ Advanced Course, Eli Katoa impressed in his debut for the U20 Warriors. He’s achieved his aim of gaining a professional contract and is a player to watch for the future.

Learn more…

USA Eagle Graduates of IRANZ

USA Eagles

Since IRANZ was established in 2001, 16 of our Player and Coach Graduates from the USA have pushed on to become USA Eagles.

Learn more…

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.

Learn more…

Making the transition early: IRANZ Graduate Reeve Satherley

Reeve Taupo Marist vs Taumaranui Districts

Reeve Satherley attended the Advanced Players Course in December last year, and has quickly progressed into senior rugby ranks.

IRANZ Staff caught up recently with his mother Julz to hear how he’s been getting on.

Learn more…

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.

Learn more…

Your next opportunity to learn from the best

IRANZ Womens Player Course

Another busy month looms for IRANZ – with five different Courses available in July for rugby players & coaches looking to grow and develop.

Learn more…

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.

Learn more…

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.

Learn more…

IRANZ Coach Success Stories: Robert Taylor

IRANZ Graduate Robert Taylor

Over the years, IRANZ have kept a close eye on the achievements of both Player and Coach Graduates on the International Stage.

However, there have been numerous counts of our Graduates achieving great things at other, competitive levels of rugby. The story of IRANZ Graduate Robert Taylor for example, is nothing short of remarkable.

Learn more…

Brian Ashton labels IRANZ as “gold for young players”

Brian Ashton interview

When asked for his thoughts on IRANZ Player Courses, former International Head Coach Brian Ashton labelled the programme as “gold for young players.”

Learn more…

All Black Coaches bolster yet another High Performance programme

All Black Coaches at IRANZ

IRANZ believes “to be the best, you have to learn from the best.”

High Performance player & coach participants were treated to that very opportunity when All Black Assistant Coaches Ian Foster & Mike Cron joined them during the final section of their programme last week.

Learn more…

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.

Learn more…
>