Practical Coaches Course

Have you recently started coaching rugby and want to upskill? Or perhaps you’ve been coaching for a while, but want to ‘brush up’ on all the essential skills and knowledge required to coach…

Then the IRANZ Practical Coaches Course is for you.

As the shortest programme in our series of Coaching Courses, the 3-day programme is designed for coaches of all abilities and covers all the fundamentals, latest strategies and tactics in rugby coaching.

Course modules

The Practical Coaches Course includes modules on:

  • Planning a Season
  • Team Attack and Defence
  • Contact / Breakdown / Continuity
  • Coaching Individual Skills
  • Set piece
  • Back attack
  • Counter Attack
  • Coaching communication skills

While the Practical Coaches Course programme includes a small number of modules working live with players, the programme will not include a live match observation or Position-Specific Coaches. Limited Position-Specific tuition is provided.

The content of this course has been carefully crafted to cover all the fundamentals of rugby coaching in the short 3-day duration.

Experienced coaches will benefit from new thinking and ideas, while relatively new coaches will receive all the tools and skills required for a full season of rugby.

Ernst Koen shares his thoughts on his IRANZ Coaches’ Course experience.

Course fees – 1490 NZD

Course fees include:

  • Course material folder; including season planner, training diary and more
  • 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 (2 nights) – staying on-site at the Massey Sport & Rugby Institute
  • Travel Transfers (from Palmerston North Airport, Bus Stop, local accommodation or i-Site)

Course Assessments are not provided.

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  • “The course has been really unbelievable. I walk away from here a much better coach. I’ve benefited much more (from this course) than ever in my wildest dreams I could have hoped for.”


    Dick Muir, Coach (Springbok Assistant Coach)

    Dick attended the High Performance Coaches Course in 2007, and went on to become the Assistant Coach for the Springbok at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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