National Academy

The National Academy forms an important post school level of the Pathway to Gold - Australian Rugby’s nationally coordinated talent identification and High Performance development program. The National Academy selects the potential best young players U18+ years from across Australia with the ability to gain higher level honours. The National Academy incorporates the National Sevens (Men’s and Women’s) and National U20s programs ensuring integration of national team and national training programs through the pathway to maximise player development. Approximately 80 players will be selected for this program each year. The program is managed and coached by professional coaches from the ARU High Performance Unit. Medical, Sport Science and other expert staff support the High Performance Academy program targeting elite player development.
The aim of the National Academy is to:
  • Identify and develop players to service the five Super Rugby teams and Wallabies
  • Identify and develop players to service all National teams (U20’s, Sevens, Women’s)
The National Academy will develop our National players, future Wallabies and Olympians from throughout Australia with a highly effective High Performance program encompassing all areas of player development. The programs align and progress the training conducted through the youth programs that underpin the Academy. Training programs will target:
Rugby skill and game development
  • Principles of Rugby
  • Core Skills
  • Individual/Position and Unit Specific Skills
  • Performance assessment (game viewing)

Physical development

  • Strength
  • Speed & Agility
  • Aerobic & Anaerobic Conditioning
  • Flexibility
Off field development
  • Personal & Career Development including Illicit Drugs in Sport Education
  • Nutrition & Hydration
  • Injury Prevention & Management
  • Recovery
  • Mental Skills
  • Laws
  • Game/Performance Analysis
  • Drug Education (ASADA)
Additionally, the program will support all key stakeholders in the player development pathway including coaches and program coordinators at Premier Club, SuperRugby and national levels. The National Academy is a critical component of the national succession plan for playing talent which will ensure Australia remains a world rugby power on an ongoing basis at all levels of the game.

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