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Australian Rugby Performance Academy

The Australian Rugby Union Performance Academy (ARPA) is regarded nationally as a leader in player and coach development. ARPA is the only Academy in Australia that is run by national performance staff which bases the holistic program around the five pillars of player development which focuses on Performance, Tactical, Technical, Physical, Positional Specific and Core Skill Development. 

The ARPA is a camp based performance program for players and coaches complimenting the current learning and accreditation program offered to coaches, as well providing opportunity to aspiring representative players (club and school) from 15 - 17 years of age. The first high performance player and coach program will in late December 2016 (see dates and venue listed) with the intention of conducting a full year’s schedule of programs in 2017.

Players and coaches will benefit from instruction by some of Australia’s and the world’s leading and best up and coming coaches across position specific, unit and team play, as well as the full range of high performance capabilities including athletic performance, sports science, game analysis and leadership.


As part of the program the following specialist coaches will be in attendance during parts of the program;

Phil Kearns, John Eales, Rod Kafer, George Gregan, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Hoiles, Mick Byrne, Adam Freier, Glen Ella, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Nathan Grey, Brian Smith, James Holbeck, Morgan Turinui, Mitch Chapman, Julian Huxley, Adrian Thompson, Alan Gaffney, and ARU High Performance staff.

Player Registration - Players must adhere to the application process prior to submitting their online registration. 

Player Registration
Player Course
Emerging Players Course
Talent Development Players Course
Performance Players Course
Sevens Performance Course
Positional Specific/Unit/Skills Course
Coach Registration
Coaches Program
Emerging Coaches Program
Talent Development Coaches Program
Performance Coaches Program 
Sevens Performance Program
Coach the Coaches Workshops (Theory & Practical)


If you would like any information please contact us at aru.learningcentre@rugby.com.au or call us on (02) 8005 5600.

About ARPA

The Academy offers a range of performance programs which extend from coach the coaches workshops, positional and core skill development to elite high performance camps. Through the need to further develop our emerging and talent identified players and coaches ARPA has been created to provide an experience and level of performance coaching like no other in world. 

Integrated as part of the ARU's talent and high performance coaching framework the academy has the benefit of working with our pathways best up and coming talent, as well as the opportunity to be mentored by the games former and current elite coaches. 

ARPA: Player and Coach Camp

Next ARPA Events

Course: Emerging Coach Program (NSW)
Date: 18th - 19th March  (2 days)
Location: ARU Headquarters
Details: Analysis & Planning Workshop 


ARPA Programs Overview