IRANZ are incredibly proud to have contributed to the development of thousands of rugby players, coaches and teams throughout our 18 years of operation.

The countless pieces of feedback we receive from players, coaches and teams describing the life-changing experiences they’ve had with IRANZ is the oxygen that keeps us ticking. It is why we exist.

The following customer testimonials provide direct insight from the very rugby players, coaches and teams themselves that have received the IRANZ Experience.

Rugby players and coaches that have attended IRANZ share their experiences at the Academy.

The boys thrived and grew impressively as a team. The tour enabled us to train in a professional environment, play three competitive games and have a lot of fun enjoying the activities New Zealand offers.


Dean Hargreaves, Barker College Coach (NSW)

Barker College attended a Customised Course/Tour Programme in 2018. Barker returned to Sydney to win the CAS Schools Championship dropping only one match during the season.
IRANZ Graduate James Frost shares his thoughts on the IRANZ High Performance Players Course upon completing the 3-week programme in early 2019.

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
IRANZ Gradaute Ernst Koen travelled from South Africa to attend our High Performance Coaches Course. Here’s what he had to say about his time on the programme.

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
Max Allen graduated from IRANZ in early 2019.
IRANZ Graduate Isaac Bracewell shares his thoughts on the IRANZ High Performance Players Course after graduating in early 2019.

“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.
IRANZ Graduate Korie Winters shares his thoughts on the IRANZ High Performance Players Course, upon completing the 2-week programme in early 2019.

“I wanted to thank the team for the experience from the past week. It was hugely enjoyable and I came out a far better coach and person from it and it was nice to experience a professional environment and gain a glimpse as to how the higher level works.”

Simon Lord, Coach Graduate (NZ)

Simon attended the Advanced Coaches Course July 2022

As his Mum it’s been obvious in his overall attitude to training, his training ethics, his attitude to both sport and school life, his selection into CAS and NSW squads… I like to think that attending IRANZ is one of the reasons why these have happened. These Courses build character!


Fua Tauiliili-Pelesasa, Parent (NSW)

Fua’s son Miller attended the Advanced Players Course in 2017, and was selected for various representative sides the following year.

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

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

I was really grateful for the openness of all the presenters and the humility of everyone involved.


Dave Wessels, Melbourne Rebels Head Coach

Dave Attended IRANZ Live in September.

Very enjoyable and a wonderful learning experience


Anthony Seibold, Brisbane Bronco & South Sydney Rabbitohs Head Coach

Anthony Attended IRANZ Live in September.

The objective of the Course was to look at some parts of the professional rugby environment… the boys absorbed the full day.. the highlight for the boys was experiencing the hot & cold’s at the end!


Nigel Solomon, Wellington Football Club U13-14 Coach

Nigel’s U13/14 Side attended a 1-Day Customised Course

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Are you one of our Graduates that were blown away by the IRANZ Experience? We’d love to hear from you so we can share your story too!

Email us now at info@iranz.co.nz.