Welcome to the Investec International Rugby Academy South Africa (IRASA).
With the growth of professionalism in rugby, there is an increased demand for quality rugby education, education, coaching and tuition. Rugby has also expanded rapidly over the last few years and is now a truly global sport.
The Investec International Rugby Academy South Africa courses are specifically designed to assist in progressing or achieving a career in playing or coaching rugby, and more importantly, to achieve excellence in this area. The Academy provides inspiration and a high performance avenue for promising players and coaches. Courses range from the flagship high performance courses, to advanced courses for 16 to 18 year olds and intermediate and junior development courses for younger players.
For players, there is a high degree of focus on position specific analysis and tuition, mental toughness, rugby intelligence and skill development, with an impressive line up of former and current international coaches and players delivering quality expertise.
For coaches it is a rare opportunity to work intensively with the world's best coaches in a practical environment. The high performance, advanced, intermediate and junior development courses work in tandem with the players' courses where the coaches' course participants work through the International Rugby Academy blueprint. The various specialists employed on that particular course work on how to identify talent, design a game plan and drill the team to best utilise the talent, analyse performance and implement remedial coaching.
Welcome from Dick Muir - Managing Director
"Since the dawn of South Africa's professional rugby era, the country now has an academy that not only up-skills our high performance players but provides much needed expertise and tuition for coaches. In South Africa there are no formal structures in place to 'coach the coaches'. As a professional coach myself, I know only too well the importance of being at the top of your game and at the cutting edge of rugby. The Investec International Rugby Academy aims to do this and more, with access to some of the best rugby minds and practitioners in the world. We aim to take rugby in South Africa to the next level. We also invite coaches and players from others corners of the world to join us, not only to experience the spirit of rugby here but to explore and enjoy our beautiful country."