In February 2016, a group of coaches and young rugby players from Club Atlético del Rosario arrived in New Zealand. As a unit, they travelled to Palmerston North to attend a customised course at IRANZ.
This week, they were crowned National Club Champions of Argentina.
Coaching a rugby team is a truly great challenge. The bigger the team, the bigger the microscope – and this week, there was a lot of attention on Steve Hansen and his coaching staff.
A team's performance is judged on a weekly basis, but the performance of a coach on the other hand is judged by a team's progress ie. did the team get better as the season wore on?
The 2017 BLK Scholarship is now open.
The BLK Scholarship is open to all New Zealand players 18 years and over. The winner will receive a position on the High Performance Players Course, to be held at the Sport & Rugby Institute from 22 January to 10 February, 2017.
The BLK Scholarship is valued at $7,500.
As a former rugby player himself, John Eggleton had a sound knowledge of the game before he started coaching. However as his kids grew older and he began coaching competitive secondary school teams, John learned how the performance of a rugby team can truly be influenced by the knowledge and ability of their coach.
John made the conscious decision to upskill himself through IRANZ, and was rewarded for his effort.
When the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand (IRANZ) was established in 2001, it's primary purpose was to provide quality training to promising rugby players and coaches in order to maintain our national dominance of global rugby. However it has since grown into much more than that. It is now an independent avenue for coaches and players worldwide to develop their skills and ability to pave their way into the professional game.
Fifteen years on, the International Rugby Academy is creating success stories from all corners of the globe.
IRANZ graduate Vaea Fifita is one of those stories.