News

See below for the latest news from IRANZ.

IRANZ Insight: Why you should ‘develop your own’

St. Kentigern College

Saint Kentigern College has been plastered across media headlines this week – for what many are labelling unethical recruitment tactics.

Regardless of your stance on the matter, I firmly believe there is one learning that rings true throughout this whole debate.

You simply can’t go wrong by developing your own.

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All Black Selector Grant Fox weighs in on the Pro-Player Combine

Grant Fox speaks with Murray Mexted

“I’m excited by what you’re doing here. I think it’s got real merit.”

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IRANZ Success Stories: The road to professional rugby

IRANZ Graduate Haereiti Hetet

From the Otorohanga Sports Club Premiers in 2017, to the Mitre10 Cup Championship-winning Waikato side in 2018.

Hold onto your Santa hats people – because the story of “Big H” might just be the ‘Rugby Fairytale of the Year.’

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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: How to plan a Season Campaign

Mike Brewer Coaching

A successful rugby season rarely occurs by chance. In almost all cases, careful thought and much planning has gone into the rugby season – well before the season has even started.

For those coaches seeking success in the 2019 rugby season… if not already, the planning for next season needs to start now!

The following article provides an insight into the process and the basic steps that should be followed in order to plan a successful Rugby Season Campaign.

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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 launches NZ’s first-ever Rugby Player Combine

IRANZ Pro-Player Combine

IRANZ is proud to announce the launch of New Zealand’s first-ever Rugby Combine, with the IRANZ Pro-Player Combine to be held from 29 November – 1 December 2018.

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Junior Rugby Festival IRANZ Scholarship winners

IRANZ Scholarship Winner Fati Fala

The team at IRANZ wish to send another huge congratulations to our Scholarship winners at the September 2018 New Zealand Junior Rugby Festival Events.

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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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IRANZ launch Junior Rugby Festival Scholarships

New Zealand Junior Rugby Festival

IRANZ is pleased to announce the launch of two IRANZ Junior Player Scholarships, to be awarded for the first time at this year’s New Zealand Junior Rugby Festivals.

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2018 Emerging Players Scholarship now open

2018 IRANZ Emerging Players Scholarship

IRANZ is pleased to announce applications are now open for the 2018 Emerging Players Scholarship.

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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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More than 60 IRANZ Graduates playing in the 2018 Mitre10 Cup

IRANZ Graduate Wes Goosen

Two weeks ago (to the day) marked the first match of the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup. In what has been an exciting first couple of rounds, we are reminded of the incredible depth of talent that continues to shine here in New Zealand.

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