High Performance Players Course

The High Performance Players Course is our most intensive players course – designed to fast-track the development process, producing exponential gains in self-management and performance that will ultimately provide participants with the best possible chance of achieving a professional career in rugby.

For players aged 19 years and over, the High Performance programme simulates the professional rugby environment, demanding participants to perform and manage themselves at a level that is expected in the professional game today.

Course modules

The High Performance Players Course includes the following modules:

  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning Skills – strength, power and speed
  • Advanced Nutrition
  • Professional video review and the Game-Analysis process
  • The self-review and improvement process
  • Advanced rugby intelligence & tactical awareness
  • Team cohesion and game plan comprehension
  • Intensive Position-Specific appraisal – covering all skills, roles and responsibilities required
  • Comprehensive individual skill assessments
    • Short, medium and long passing – left to right, and right to left
    • Tackle technique
  • Extensive 1:1 coaching
  • Self-management & leadership
  • Mind management & mental skills
  • Recovery protocols
  • Career development
  • Media & presentation skills
  • Injury prevention and recovery regimes

Each High Performance Players Course participant is allocated a Position-Specific specialist – often a current or former international coach or player. The Position-Specific Coach will teach the player 1:1 to accelerate the participant’s development in that position.

Extensive 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 what they must achieve to realise a professional future in the game.

IRANZ Graduate James Frost shares his thoughts on the IRANZ High Performance Players Course upon completing the 3-week programme in early 2019.


Due to Covid-19 IRANZ Club Placement packages are postponed until 2023.

For Players looking to stay in New Zealand following their time on the High-Performance Player Course, IRANZ now offers an add-on service which will provide them placement at an IRANZ certified club, ongoing match reviews, and end of season assessment at IRANZ in July

High Performance Players Course

Course fees

  • NZ Price: $6,490 NZD
  • Overseas price: $7,390 NZD

Course fees include:

  • 1 x Course Assessment
    • A highly comprehensive appraisal that provides insight into the participant’s technical, tactical, physical and mental attributes – and key work-ons/improvement required to be considered at a professional level
  • 1 x Position-Specific Assessment
    • An extensive evaluation discussing the participant’s positional future in the game, identifying player strengths and key work-ons for optimal improvement
  • 1 x Strength and Conditioning programme
    • Informed by your Position-Specific Assessment, Course Assessment and Fitness Testing results, participants are provided with a Strength and Conditioning programme to work on after the programme is complete
  • 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 (11 nights)

IRANZ Club Placement Package includes

  • Placement at an IRANZ certified club that matches the skill level of the player for maximin development opportunity
  • 3 x In-season game review from an IRANZ Specialist Coach
  • End of season assessment and appraisals in July at IRANZ

*Please state in your application if you are interested in the additional Club Placement Package. An IRANZ staff member will be in contact to discuss fees and additional information following your application.

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Max Allen graduated from the IRANZ High Performance Players Course in early 2019.

IRANZ was an amazing experience… it taught me a range of skills to improve my game. I have taken away value that will not only transfer onto the rugby field but into day to day life. I highly recommend it!


James Ferrier, Player Graduate (Auckland, NZ)

James attended the Emerging and then High Performance Players Course in 2017

The Course was 1000% more helpful than I could imagine. The 1-on-1 meetings, the Strength and Speed testing and the mental skills… honestly the biggest eye opener and career changer I have experienced. I wouldn’t be where I am in life and my rugby career without going to IRANZ.


Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz, Player Graduate (QLD, Aus)

Attended the Emerging Players and then the High Performance Course in 2019

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