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 session lasts approx 2 hours including theory and practical.

2021 NZRU Small Blacks Rugby Coaching Courses:

Awaiting confirmation of dates from Auckland Rugby
Please register as a Grammar Juniors Coach then Auckland Rugby will send you a link to complete your Small Blacks online course

You only need to attend 1 Small Blacks Coaching course.

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

  • NZRU Beginning Rugby: Rippa Rugby Under 6 & Under 7
  • NZRU Learning Rugby: Under 8 to Under 10
  • NZRU 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.

All coaches are required to fill out a New Zealand Rugby registration form prior to attendance. Each club has a unique online form, and you can find this via your club. This form also includes information about the Police Vetting process. At the course you will receive some free resources including coaching cards and booklets, as well as up to date coaching education.

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

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

Tuesday 23 June Grammar Juniors Rugby Club – Shore Rd  6:00pm
Thursday 25 June Eden Park 6:00pm
Wednesday 1 July Suburbs 6:00pm
Thursday 2 July Papatoetoe 6:00pm
Tuesday 7 July

Wednesday 15 July

Eden Park

College Rifles






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

Ant Petrie

Auckland Rugby