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.


2020 Small Blacks Dates confirmed by Auckland Rugby:

Sunday 3 May 9:15am – 12:30pm COACH EXPO – Eden Park (Reimers Ave, Kingsland).  Open to all Coaches – Junior, Secondary and Senior.  Rugby Smart and Small Blacks.
18 March 6.30pm-8:00pm Marist Rugby Club, 22-50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure
30 March 6pm- 8:00pm Ponsonby Rugby Club, 1 Stadium Drive, Western Springs
1 April 6pm-8:00pm Grammar Juniors Rugby Club, Shore Rd Reserve, Remuera
7 April 6pm-8:00pm College Rifles Rugby Club, 33 Haast St, Remuera
30 April 6pm-8.00pm Pakuranga Rugby Club, 78 Bells Rd, Pakuranga
 Sunday 3 May 9:00am – 12:30pm COACH EXPO – Eden Park (Reimers Ave, Kingsland)

Referee Courses:


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

2020 Course Dates released by Auckland Rugby:

Associate Referee Course Dates

TBC Eden Park 6:30pm
TBC TBC 6:30pm
TBC TBC 6:30pm
TBC TBC 6:30pm
TBC TBC 6:30pm


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

Smudge McNeilage

Referees Manager – Auckland Rugby