Intermediate Players Course

As young rugby players transition through their early-mid teen years, raw talent and ability begins to shine through and promising talent becomes exposed.

The Intermediate Players Course was designed to nurture the raw talent of young rugby players, laying the foundation for optimal development through their teen years.

Crafted specifically for rugby players aged 13-15 years-old, this programme provides an introduction to a range of skills at an advanced level – with the objective of building a strong platform of knowledge and habits that will allow for maximum development in future years.

Course modules

The Intermediate Players Course covers the following modules:

  • Values & Standards
  • An introduction to Strength & Conditioning
  • An introduction to Nutrition
  • An introduction to Mental Skills
  • An introduction to video analysis and self-review
  • Game awareness, vision and decision-making
  • Principles of Attack
  • Principles of Defence
  • Position-Specific skills, roles and responsibilities
  • Unit skills
  • Recovery

Each Intermediate Players Course participant is allocated a Position-Specific specialist – often a current or former international coach or player. This coach will teach the player 1:1 and introduce them to the 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.

Isaac Bracewell shares his thoughts following completion of an IRANZ Player Course.

Course fees

  • NZ Price: $2590 NZD
  • Overseas Price: $2990 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
  • Accommodation for the full duration of the programme (4 nights) – staying on-site at the Massey Sport & Rugby Institute, Palmerston North
  • All food for the duration of the programme (fully catered)
  • Travel Transfers (from Palmerston North Airport or Bus Stop)

  • Sorry, nothing is scheduled
  • IRANZ Staff Coaches

    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

    The specific 1-on-1 coaching has really improved Nik’s game. He’s never really been exposed to that before, it pushed him to be better. He’s very keen to attend more!


    Kelly Mitchell, Parent (QLD)

    Kelly’s son Nik attended the Intermediate Players Course in 2018

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