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.

Now that was a real test match. With 11 minutes remaining, the Bok’s were 17-15 ahead, and Newlands was going crazy.

For players and coaches at club level looking to take the next step with their rugby, being selected for representative honours can be a hard nut to crack. 

"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