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Online Coach Registration


Coach registration will now be done online and each coach must attend either Rugby Smart or Small Blacks coaching course.

Coaches must attend a course as these are a mandatory requirement of coaching any team.

Rugby Smart coaches coaching players over 13 years of age should not complete the driver license field.

Small Black coaches can now complete the police vetting consent form online within the NZR coach registration form. Coaches simply complete the driver's license field and agree to the terms and conditions in the form. 

Coaches must bring their two forms of ID to the course so the coach facilitator can confirm your attendance.

Please click on the link below for your club or school to complete the online coach registration. 

Ashhurst Pohangina Rugby Football Club

Ashurst Pohangina Rugby Football Club (Junior)

Awatapu College

Bulls Rugby Football Club (Junior)

Bulls Rugby Football Club (Senior)

Bunnythorpe Rugby Football Club (Senior)

Bush Rugby Club (Junior)

Bush Sports Club (Senior)

College Old Boys Rugby Football Club (Junior)

College Old Boys Rugby Football Club (Senior)

Dannevirke High School

Dannevirke Sports Club

Feilding High School

Feilding Old Boys Oroua Rugby Football Club

Feilding Rugby Football Club

Feilding Saturday Morning Rugby

Freyberg High School

Freyberg Old Boys RFC

Freyberg Old Boys RFC (Juniors)

Halcombe RFC

Hato Paora College

Kia Toa Rugby Football Club (Junior)

Kia Toa Rugby Football Club (Senior)

Linton Army Rugby Club

Manawatu RFU

Manukura Rugby

Marist Junior Rugby

Massey University

Old Boys' Marist

Palmerston North Boys' High School

Palmerston North Girls' High School

Palmerston North High School Old Boys Junior Rugby

Queen Elizabeth College

St Peter's College (Palmerston North)

Tararua College

Te Kawau Rugby Football Club (Junior)

Te Kawau Rugby Football Club (Senior)

Tu Toa School

Small Blacks Coaching Course

The 2018 NZRU Coaching Small Blacks Rugby Course is a 1.5 hour theory and practical course which will provide coaches and parents with knowledge and skills to assist with coaching and refereeing Junior Rugby.

The practical coaching sessions will be split into the three age groups that make up Small Black Rugby, Beginning (Rippa), Learning (8-10) and Playing (11-13). These are an open forum where new coaches get the opportunity to learn from other coaches with experience in their particular grade.

All Small Blacks Coaches attend a management module before the practical session to cover off planning sessions, dealing with players and refereeing matters.

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Rugby Smart Course

Course Content

In 2018 Manawatu Rugby will be one of three provinces trialling the new online classroom module developed by New Zealand rugby. This will require coaches to complete the online module before they attend the practical session and become a certificated coach in 2018.

A course concentrating on injury prevention through the coaching of good techniques, this course is a great opportunity to meet other coaches involved in club and secondary school rugby to discuss likely trends and possible focus areas for 2017, coaches also receive a Coaching Diary and other coaching resources available from New Zealand Rugby.

Who Should Go?
It is COMPULSORY for All coaches, Assistant Coaches and Managers to attend a RugbySmart course prior to the season starting.

Any person actively fulfilling the role of Head Coach or Assistant Coach during a MRU Club Rugby competition fixture must have attended a Rugby Smart Injury Prevention Workshop for the current season and be registered for that current season. Any team/club appointing a Head Coach or Assistant Coach to a fixture that has not attended Rugby Smart and therefore considered unregistered shall be liable to the following penalties:

Points deduction, and/or the offending player and/or team shall be liable to suspension by the MRU, and/or to forfeit the match, and that winning points be awarded to the non-offending team. If a win is recorded then it stands, minus any points accrued by the offending team. If not, a 0-0 (4 points) win will be recorded.

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Associate Referees Courses

The Associate Referee course is an introduction to refereeing taking 2-3 hours depending on numbers. Key elements in the course include management strategies, communication and law application.

On completion of the course participants will be legally able referee using contested scrums.

We as a union are encouraging all “Playing Rugby” level Small Blacks teams to have an Associate Referee so the games can be facilitated well while the coaches can get on and do their coaching. We also recommend clubs and schools have Associate Referees they can call on in the event a referee cannot be appointed to a game or some extenuating reason a referee cannot make their game.


Wednesday 6th June - 6pm at CET Arena (Senior club players only) Please note this is a change from the originally advertised date


Tackle Box

To be updated.

Front Row Factory

Course Content
A practical course designed to instruct junior front row players and their coaches in the techniques and conditioning required for these positions. Correct body posture and safety are integral parts of this course.

Who Should Go?
- Junior grade Front Rowers.
- Potential Front Rowers
- Coaches and parents

(Coaches bring your players along)




These sessions will be organised through Junior Convenors and Club Administrators during the year. For any requests for your team, please contact your convenor or administrator to get in touch with Greg Fleming at the Manawatu Rugby Union.


Course Content

A practical course designed to instruct junior front row players and their coaches in the techniques and conditioning required for these positions.  Correct body posture and safety are integral parts of this course.

Who Should Go?

-        Junior grade Front Rowers.

-        Potential Front Rowers

-        Coaches and parents

Developing Rugby Coaches (DRC) - World Rugby Level 2

Course Content

DRC is a course which provides coaches with an outstanding overview of coaching rugby. The Manawatu Rugby Union utilises top resource coaches to deliver this programme including International, Super Rugby and ITM Cup coaches.

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Outline of DRC - World Rugby Level 2 qualification:


Principles of Play
Creating a Learning Environment
Kick-starts / Restarts
Team Attack “Win Gain Line”
Defense “Win Gain Line”
Game Shape ‘Attacking & Defending from rucks/phases’
Counter Attack “Transition”
Online Module - Law Exam Laws Test (Click here for Law Exam)
Online Module - Rugby Ready (Click here for Rugby Ready)

Submit a coaching diary (50 hours of training time required)

Assessed visits by a World rugby coach educator - Competency Based Assessment  (To be arranged once you have completed the modules)

Who Should Go?
  • 1st XV Coaches
  • Club Coaches
  • Representative Coaches
  • Anyone who wants to be a better coach and wants to keep up with the latest trends in the game

Coaches are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as they would like. If you are only interested in Lineouts for instance you are welcome to only attend the Lineout session on that day.

Performance Course - World Rugby Level 3

Performance Coaching Course

A course run by Investec Super Rugby teams based around functional role analysis, team selection, establishing an effective team culture, physical preparation and nutrition, back attack, law, applied individual skills training, game planning, advanced continuity skills, sport psychology and communication skills. Coaches completing this course will also gain the World Rugby Level 3 qualification (Analysing and Preparing Players).
Recommended for:

1. First XV secondary school coaches
2. Senior club coaches
3. Provincial senior coaches
4. Provincial and national age-grade coaches
5. Rebel Sport Super 14 coaches
6. All Blacks coaches

1. DRC - World Rugby Level 2
2. Nomination by Provincial Union

World Rugby Coach Educator Course

In early 2006 the IRB undertook a review of all courses and the way coaches and match officials are trained and supported. The research and action plan identified a need to develop a robust, competency-based, quality-assured, training process for
  • Trainers
  • Educators
  • Coaches
NZ Rugby in conjunction with World Rugby deliver the Educators Course on a regional or national basis, the aim is to identify and develop personnel within the provinces and upskill them with skills and knowledge about how to guide, mentor and assess coaches.
World Rugby Educator selection criteria.

Potential Educators are expected to:
  • Be nominated by your home Union
  • Have appropriate Rugby knowledge, skills and experience to be able to deliver specific courses within your area of specialisation of: coaching, match officiating, strength and conditioning or medical (i.e. hold a minimum of World Rugby Level 2 or equivalent)
  • Have a genuine interest in wanting to develop coaches, match officials, strength and conditioning coaches and/or medical personnel
  • Hold experience of presenting information to adult groups (e.g. teaching)
  • Be open-minded, adaptable to change, welcoming of feedback and willing to self- reflect

Please email if you are interested in the World Rugby Educator Course.


Coaching Toolbox
Coaching resource site jammed packed with skills and drills for all levels of play

Rugby Smart
Rugby safety site, serious injury form can be downloaded from here. Also some great coaching tips

Powa Rugby
For all your Rugby and training equipment

NZ Rugby
NZRU community rugby site for more info on coaching courses