The Game

We've grouped together a whole lot of useful resources to help coaches of all age grades develop their skills. Rugby is an ever-changing game, so here's your way to stay ahead of the pack with the latest information, articles and updates for your easy reference.

Small Blacks

The Small Blacks Charter section welcomes parents/coaches/managers to its program for Small Blacks players. Teams can use NZ RUGBY Small Blacks’ charter or make one of their own. (Signed by coach, parents and kids.) You can download these from online – two versions– one created by NZ RUGBY or one you can adapt to individual team needs.


Provides comprehensive information about Coach Development and Player Development. The topics covered are wide-ranging but do focus on Key Factor Analysis of the skills of Rugby. This section also covers the Role of the Coach, Sport Psychology, Communication, Physical Preparation, Growth and Development, Skills Analysis and Teaching a Skill, so is a valuable tool for coaches at all levels.


This is a selection of articles to inspire, capture and energise all you coaches to become a better coach. James Mortimer and Ian Snook are our main contributors to this section and their knowledge and expertise should be a catalyst for development.

Toolbox Video Vault

This section is a place where we put up hours of footage that we believe will be helpful to all coaches, whether you are a Small Black or Senior coach.


The teenage section is for coaches that have the joy of coaching our 'teenage rugby players'. It will be an ever-changing section, as the area we know as the 'Teenage Coaching Grade' is one, that is both dynamic and complicated!

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