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July 17

In Tolaga Bay on Saturday, 10 Uawa Sports Club coaches of Small-Blacks-age players (six to 13) kicked off their season exactly as they had to.

June 29

Mid Canterbury Rugby Union not letting a bit of rain stop their course! Have you done your Small Blacks course yet?

May 18

Currently New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and all community and club rugby will begin to follow the three stages of preparation. See the Covid-19 section.

May 8

Rugby Return to Play at Alert Level 2

As you may have seen in the media the government has confirmed, all sports – including rugby - can begin when our communities are given the green light for Alert Level 2.

This is very good news and we know our rugby community will be keen to be on the grass as soon as it is safe to do so. We want to make this transition back to rugby as smooth and simple as possible to ensure everyone is following the same guidelines and all our rugby communities are safe.

Rugby Smart in Te Aroha - Thames Valley.


Filming Scrum Factory at Tuakau College.

Day 2 of the Women’s only, Auckland Developing Rugby Coaches Course. Tania Hunter from  Auckland Basketball facilitating a session on Developing a team culture. Way to go Megan and her other educators Tidah and Cynthia. 23 plus women coaches attending.


A wonderful day at Chiefs Performance Course. Presentations and Q&A with two coaches Tabai and Barnsy. Plus the match referee Jaco Peyper. Heaps of learning lots of fun!

First RugbySmart of the year done and dusted in Hawera, Taranaki. We had a great group of coaches turn up.

RugbySmart at the Coromandel RFC.

Developing Women's Rugby Coaches up in the sunny north.

Blues/Canes game review; planning a session through P.O.P game review method; some dubious Hoola Hoop coaching/athlete work; and played Table Rugby to cover Attack & Defence as well as skill analysis.

On the grass for some practice before a debrief under the trees with some fruit and sandwiches. Tried some different things this weekend but the use of table rugby was a massive hit...and really boosted the coaches engagement.

Hurricanes region Performance Rugby Coaching Course Day 2, March 6th, run at Oriental Rongotai Rugby Club in Wellington. 15 coaches from Poverty Bay to Wellington. Awesome work guys.

Superstar cast of presenters kicking off Hurricanes Performance Course 5th March - Mike & Dan Cron, Leo Crowley and Mike Chu.

Great work to the 130 coaches & referees at RugbySmart training in Wellington 4th March.

Another DRC in full swing. Jack, Wiz and Lisa got the Taranaki course off to a great start. Not sure how many other PUs were able to call on M10 Cup head coach, assistant coach and Union CEO volunteer to deliver on the course. Thanks Willie, Jarrad and Lawrence. 25 plus coaches attending over the 2 days - best numbers for several years.

Thames Valley - Waikato DRC 2020 @ Whangamata.

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WRFU RugbySmart 1 2020 at Aotea College.

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Quality Coach education including, demos, practicals, role plays at WRFU coaching course.

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NZ Rugby's Wayne Marsters getting WRFU DRC 2020 underway.

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The Under 85kg National Club Cup is a new and exciting knockout competition for men's weight-restricted rugby.

The comp is open to all rugby clubs in the country, regardless of whether clubs and regions have 85s teams and grades. 

Clubs will compete within their local regions in the early rounds of the Cup, before moving through to a national draw from the quarterfinals onwards.

A national final is scheduled to be played in mid-August at a venue of significance. CLICK HERE for more info.

First night of Auckland DRC course -  bit of a coaching process using Hoola hoops as the skill. Look out night clubs in Auckland this weekend.

Senior Coaches, Referees & High Performance Staff mixing, mingling & creating valuable connections at WRFU Senior Coaches Hui.

Great cross Union collaboration with Blair Baxter (Canterbury RFU) & Tim Manawatu (Buller RFU) delivering and educating at the Tasman RU DRC! Thanks lads.

North Harbour DRC course - POP, Designing and Delivering, focusing on the ‘HOW’ to coach. Observing a basketball session with Justin Bailey from Long Bay College, and Jordan Farrington from Waikato leading the way with Coaching and Analysing Skill. And so much more!


Happy New Year - National Game Development workshop in January has just finished - we are now ready for RugbySmart and the year 2020.

Everyone enjoying 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.