Los Pumas Pride

The Pumas have made a mockery of the Springbok withdrawal from the Rugby Championship. 

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The First Real Test Series

This has been the first real “Test Series” in a long time. A few years ago they were the norm which made it easy to draw conclusions on who was best.

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Selection and Success are Synonymous


Becoming a successful coach is 80% selection. Eddie Jones emphasised this last week when he presented his module on selection at IRANZ Live. It’s not simply choosing the best players – it’s profiling these players, identifying the game plan and selecting the combinations capable of implementation.

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The Mitre 10 Cup renaissance

Beauden Barrett

Hooray and so say all of us! Super Rugby Aotearoa was a revelation.  The weekend of rugby was full of action, intent and excitement; a  New Zealand showcase, with Kiwi players, coaches and referees; and commercially viable in the global market place.

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Alex Loney shares his time on IRANZ Live

Alex Loney joined 14 other aspiring coaches from around the world to attend the first IRANZ Live programme held online. Over 9 days Alex the Head of Rugby at Lancaster Royal Grammar School in the UK had access to learn and engage with a wide range of truely world coaches, including the likes of Wayne Smith, Eddie Jones, Mike Cron and Colin Cooper. Below Alex shares his experience of IRANZ Live.

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The Keys to Success

Attitude and a solid foundation are the keys to success.

The two key requirements for an ambitious player to be successful are a good attitude and a solid foundation. Kurt Ekland is a great example of this.

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A Parochial and Global Perspective

IRANZ Position-Specific No. 8 Specialist Murray Mexted

It is difficult to be a globally-minded, parochial New Zealander.

Aotearoa Super Rugby is the best rugby competition in the world.  For New Zealand to remain a world rugby force we must retain this domestic competition. It’s the best thing for the growth of rugby in New Zealand and the global game. 

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Andy Haden, a man amongst men!

Andy Haden, a man amongst men!

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Super Rugby Aotearoa – the next level of rugby

At long last NZ Rugby has the opportunity to showcase our game under our terms. 

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Performance and Longevity

IRANZ Position-Specific No. 8 Specialist Murray Mexted

Rugby players, coaches and businesses have one thing in common. They must review and change in order to survive.

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Halfbacks Can Be Big Fellas Too – Dave Ellis IRANZ’s Skills Coach


With rugby players worldwide at all levels confined to their homes thanks to COVID-19 lockdown, we need to take a look at things we can do to enhance our skills on our return to the game.

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IRAA Scholarship Recipient Gage Phillips Shines At IRANZ

Gage Phillips attend the inaugural IRAA Courses in January held at Olympic Park, Sydney. After an outstanding week, Gage impressed the Staff Coaches with his raw skill and exceptional attitude. At the end of the course, Gage received the Mortimer & Baffsky Scholarship for excellence, earning the opportunity to attend the IRANZ High-Performance Players Course.

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IRANZ Insight: Foster vs Robertson

The two contenders for the top job, Fossie and Razor both visited IRANZ frequently and spent many hours over many years honing their art. Fossie has more time in the saddle and has been at the leading edge for many years. Razor is a young fresh face with success beyond his years and appeal as an agent of change. Both would do a good job and they would naturally have my allegiance.

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What are Coaches and Selectors really looking for

IRANZ High Performance Course

The selection process for any player is never easy. From under-11 to the All Blacks, unknown factors always make players question if they are doing the right actions. This selection process only gets harder when the communication between selectors and players are limited, making the player question what they are even looking for in the first place.

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Ma’a joins IRANZ’s star studded coaching line up for November

Many young players dream of learning from All Blacks who reached the very top of the rugby world. At IRANZ this dream is a reality, and this November IRANZ is excited to announce a star-studded lineup of coaches.

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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.

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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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