Coaching & Referee Courses

Coaching Courses


Small Blacks:

Compulsory  – Each team must have their Coaches and Assistant Coaches complete this course

They must complete the course every year (regardless of whether they have previously completed it)

This is the entry level for the coaching pathway and focuses on Junior Rugby from Under 6 through to Under 13. NZR policy makes this course compulsory and is to be attended by all coaches and assistant coaches of these age grades.

Each course is approximately two hours and includes a small theory section for all coaches followed by a practical session.

The interactive practical session will see the group split into the three corresponding grades for Small Blacks Rugby:

  • NZR Beginning Rugby: Rippa Rugby Under 6 & Under 7
  • NZR Learning Rugby: Under 8 to Under 10
  • NZR Playing Rugby: Under 11 to Under 13

Each course is tailored to give coaches the knowledge and skills required to coach at their respective levels. The course will provide basic principles for coaching skills that are relevant to each age group.

At the end of the course coaches will be required to complete a NZR Coach Registration form (which includes information about the Police Vetting process) as well as receive some free resources including coaching cards and booklets as well as an access card to the NZR Coaching Toolbox website.

Please ensure you bring 2 forms of photo ID to the course.

Coach Collaboration Project:

Auckland Rugbys new Coach Collaboration Project will launch in 2018. After surveying the junior clubs on the areas they feel their coaches needed upskilling and education around, Auckland Rugby have designed a series of interactive workshops using expert consultants and up to date literature on youth sport best practice. The aim is to educate our coaches on current issues in youth sport whilst providing them with the tools to deliver the best possible experience for our junior rugby participants. Auckland Rugby strongly encourage junior coach attendance.

These workshops will be held across the 4 regions within the Auckland Provincial Union on Monday evenings during the season 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

The dates and locations for these are here:

Workshop 1:  2019 Content and time tbc

Workshop 2:  2019 Content and time tbc

Workshop 3:  2019 Content and time tbc 

2019 Small Blacks Dates confirmed by Auckland Rugby:

17 March 9:15am – 12:45pm COACH EXPO – Eden Park (Reimers Ave, Kingsland)
1 April 6pm-7:30pm Workshop – College Rifles Rugby  (33 Haast St, Remuera)
4 April 6pm-7:30pm Workshop – Pakuranga Rugby (Bells Rd, Pakuranga)
9 April 6pm-7:30pm Workshop – University Rugby (73 Merton Rd, St Johns)
 11  April 6pm-7:30pm Workshop – Carlton Rugby (Puriri Drive, Epsom)
2 May 6pm-7.30pm Workshop – Ponsonby Rugby (1 Stadium Rd, Western Springs)
 5 May 9:15am – 12:45pm COACH EXPO – Eden Park (Reimers Ave, Kingsland)

Referee Courses:


Compulsory for ALL Junior Teams to have one accredited Associate Referee in 2019.
Accreditation lasts for two years.

2019 Course Dates released by Auckland Rugby:

Associate Referee Course Dates

Thursday 17 April Eden Park 6:30pm
Tuesday 30 April  College Rifles Rugby Club 6:30pm
Wednesday 1 May Eden Park 6:30pm
Thursday 9 May Eden Park 6:30pm
Tuesday 7 May GRAMMAR JUNIORS 6:30pm

and lastly:

Tuesday 21 May Eden Park 6:30pm

For more information about the Junior Rugby Associate Referees Courses contact:

Smudge McNeilage

Referees Manager – Auckland Rugby