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Everyone njoying the Northland sun at the Northern Region Game Development workshop!

A great idea for your Rippa sets! Just put a wristband around the bundle of flags.


South Island REO and RDO workshop complete and a great couple of days in Christchurch.

Central Game Dev Hui. Selling resources, mental fitness, voice of GD, collaborate and innovate, Tiki’s why, Harold Report, RS role play, Hess Report, RS Practicals, and ACRONYM for success. Do the mahi and get the crayfish , paua, whitebait and mussels - many thanks to Ryan Shelford and HK crew.

James Doleman the match referee for Auckland v Wellington match speaking to the coaches on the Blues Region Performance Course. Was certainly enlightening for the coaches to see how a ref at M10 Level prepares for the game. Thanks James the coaches certainly enjoyed the discussion.

Red Bull Ignite Development Workshop at the Mount wrapped around BFs 7s camp with Kyle McLean and Chad Tuoro. Participant centred. Media scrum, speed dating, and coach presentations.

Game Development in action- our NZ Rugby Women’s Referee Dev Manager- Emily Hsieh and Wgtn REO David Walsh at WRFU Sevens Coaching Course.


In 2020 there are some exciting changes coming to Small Blacks Rugby in your Provincial Union.

These changes include Under 11 Small Blacks playing 10-a-side Rugby. New Zealand Rugby will also be running trials with Provincial Unions to understand the benefits of 10-a-side Rugby for Under 12 and Under 13 Small Blacks.

QuickRip Rugby will also become an official part of the Small Blacks Development Model. It provides a fun and exciting non-contact rugby format and will be available in Rugby Clubs for the 2020 season.  

To view the 2020 Small Blacks Development changes click here.

Over the coming months NZ Rugby will be introducing further changes to improve adult and secondary school rugby.


Nothing like a good Small Blacks Tackle

All Blacks Clinic in Kamaishi City, Japan

All Blacks Clinic run in Granada, Spain.

NZ Rugby Foundation course Wellington, held at Johnsonville RC. 20 coaches put through their paces under the watchful eye’s of facilitators Grainger Heikell, John Schwalger and Hiko Davies.

Day 1 Northern Region Coach Educator group. Some real light bulb moments happening. 30 new coach educators from PU s attending.

Day 2 Heartland U14 Camp in Taupo- indoor character session, positional session, mixed squads training and mixed squads scenarios round out the day... well done to organisers and all.

Coaches discussing what they observed during the Blues U18 Skills day. Sharing ideas and any thing they learned that they could incorporate in their team.

Manawatu DRC kicked off with Fusi Fe’aunati running the cutter with some very experienced support.

Day one of You Make the call Refereing course in Hokitika. 12 new referees for West Coast. #beinthegame

First ever Hurricanes Region Women’s Rugby Coaching Workshop alongside the Black Ferns camp in Palmerston North last weekend.

Fantastic access to the BF Coaching group, alongside being able to observe training, scenarios and to talk coaching process together.

The coaching future is bright!

Taupō / Tongariro Tackle Clinics in the first week of May - how many of you are running these to keep our player's head safe?


First of the Small Blacks Coaching Courses kicked off last night in Taupō, great turnout 39 Coaches with plenty of learning & fun! How are your courses going?

All Blacks Clinics for Kids in the Big Smoke helps with children's holiday programme.

Big numbers at Counties Manukau Small Blacks Course.

First of the Women’s Coaches series workshops that are running in the Northern Region. Sam McKenzie from ARU taking us through some methods of coaching kicking.

Great Rugby Smart Night with Coaches & Referees in Poverty Bay!!!

King Country Rugby Smart with the guys & gals taking full advantage of the practical sessions.

Northland DRC was held over the weekend. 18 selected coaches took part over the weekend and were introduced to the modules with a bit of a Northland twist.

The course was held in our offices to provide more of a connection between ourselves and the community...for many this was the first time in our building!

A lot of learning and coaching gold nuggets came out plus the usual antics to keep them engaged and challenged.

A ‘Hurricanes Coach’ - Hayden Triggs outlining their Team Defence Profile while a ‘coach for the Highlanders’ - Tamati Ellison backs their Attack Team Profile.


Super experienced BF Coach & now NZ Rugby HP Women’s Dev Manager - John Haggart talking Back Attack & Women’s HP at Canes Performance Course. Nice compliment to Wes Clarke’s Defence session last night.

Coach resources King Country style - neat and tidy.

RugbySmart kicked off in Wairoa Athletic. Great to have Miah Nikora & Henry Janelle TeRauna Lamont driving our messages and our good ol Kaumatua Bill Meek.

Hanan Developing Rugby Coaches Course completed. Good 2 days with lots of learnings from both coaches and facilitators.

Bay of Plenty Rugby held a successful RugbySmart course earlier this week!


Wellington DRC Day 1- Grainger Heikell taking the group through Skill Analysis.

A great weekend in the BOP. 29 engaged coaches. Plenty of learning and reflection for our Coach Education team also.

The Northern Region Rugby Development Workshop was recently held at Clifton Rugby Club, Taranaki. Willie Rickards led a technical session on attack this morning and the engagement was fantastic.

North Harbour Coaches complete the Developing Rugby Coaches Course.

Tasman DRC course in Marlborough. The morning session was led by Mike Cron, with Tasman, Buller, West Coast Coaches
+ Marlborough 1st XV players.