Coaching Junior Rugby

Coach Registration 2021

Please register with your Club, through their sporty page. Open then “find your club or school”, choose Gisborne and Rugby and then search for your club.

Course dates:

Thursday 8th April, 6pm – Ngatapa Clubrooms

Thursday 15th April, 6pm – OBM Clubrooms

Tuesday 4th May, 6pm – Uawa Clubrooms, Tologa Bay

Wednesday 5th May, 6pm – Referees Room, Rugby Park

Coaching Courses

There are three Small Blacks grade levels:

  • Beginning Rugby (Under 6 and Under 7) (Rippa)
  • Learning Rugby (Under 8, 9, and 10)
  • Playing Rugby (Under 11, 12, and 13)

It is compulsory for all Small Blacks coaches to have an NZR Small Blacks accreditation applicable to the grade level they will be coaching. These courses are facilitated by PBFRU.

Tackle Clinic

The ‘Tackle Clinic’ has been established to teach rugby players to position their heads in the correct position when making a safe and correct tackle.
With these skills and techniques, players will be able to tackle more effectively, safely, and enjoy their rugby even more.

We run these sessions for coaches and players, and schedule them prior to the Small Black Courses at the same venue. Emphasis is on players moving from Rippa to tackle rugby (U7 –U8) but we welcome all players & coaches from U8 – U13.

Foundation Coaching Course 

This World Rugby Level 1 Coaching course provides coaches with the basic skills for coaching rugby and helping players to play the game with satisfaction, skill and enjoyment. It explains and demonstrates the skills of the game, and requires course applicants to apply these skills, so they in turn can coach players to employ them safely and successfully. Practical information on planning and management supports this on-field knowledge. This course will give participants the knowledge and skills they need to coach players in the game of rugby. It is predominantly aimed at coaches who are currently coaching Junior and Secondary School rugby, plus coaches who are new to coaching rugby.

Bayleys Skills School

Our Coach & Referee Development Manager, Miah, has put together some helpful drills. Click on the links below to view the video.

Episode one: footwork and sidesteps to beat defenders

Episode two: passing

Episode three: catch and pass (catch focus) and chip kicking

Episode four: backyard rugby golf

Episode five: tackle technique and head position focus

Resources & Useful links

Rugby Toolbox – for skills/drills & all things rugby

Small Blacks – A fun informative resource for coaches of U6-U13

Headfirst – Mental wellbeing resource set up by NZR

For more information contact our Coach & Referee Development Manager:  Miah Nikora, or 0275957056