On the world stage, NZ Rugby is stronger than it has ever been; well, according to the score sheet and the World Rugby Awards in Monaco, it is. 

  • The Black Ferns are the first women's team to be crowned World Rugby Team of the Year.
  • Portia Woodman won Women’s Player of the Year.
  • Beauden Barrett won back to back awards for Men’s Player of the Year.
  • Rieko Ioane caps an exceptional season being named Breakthrough Player of the Year.
  • Michaela Blyde added to the accolades, by winning Women’s Sevens Player of the Year.

The International Rugby Academy is thrilled to announce registration is now open for our inaugural Women's Player Course.

Womens Player Course
Apply now for the Women's Player Course

While IRANZ has held a number of Customised Courses for various women's teams over the years, the upcoming Women's Player Course will be the first-ever programme available to individual applicants.

Click here to Apply Now for the Women's Player Course.

On Monday 23 October, the All Black Coaches named an extended 37-man squad for their annual end of year tour.

Included in that squad were 4 uncapped players – which doesn't necessarily come as a surprise. Historically, the All Blacks have often blooded new players on their Northern tours... so what's all the fuss about?

Asafo Aumua attended IRANZ just three years ago as a promising secondary school player.

One has never played Super Rugby. One has endured a string of injury setbacks in recent years; the others are fast approaching their 30's.

It is the selection of these particular players that has a very real message for any budding rugby players.

IRANZ are pleased to announce former All Black turned-coach Jon Preston will facilitate the upcoming Club Development Courses alongside fellow former All Black and IRANZ Staff Coach Mike Brewer.

Jon Preston
Jon Preston coaches at IRANZ in 2009

The Wallabies started with a ‘rush’ defence, hoping to force mistakes, and pick up an early intercept like they did in the first Bledisloe. It worked and they led from the start.

"These courses exemplify why New Zealand are the world leaders in rugby"
"These courses exemplify why New Zealand are the world leaders in rugby" – Graham Henry, Former All Black Coach
"IRANZ exposes players and coaches to what's expected at a professional level"
"IRANZ exposes players and coaches to what's expected at a professional level" – Steve Hansen, All Blacks Head Coach