National Gold Squad


The National Gold Squad is selected as the potential best young players U16-18 years in the country with the opportunity to gain higher level. Approximately 90 players will be selected for this program each year. The program is managed and coached by professional coaches from the ARU High Performance Unit.
Program training centres will operate in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Melbourne. Regionally based players will be serviced remotely and via camps and other underpinning programs in the regions within which they reside.
Players will undertake annual training programs specifically periodised for each stage of the season. 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 (core competencies and weight training)
  • Speed & Agility
  • Aerobic conditioning
  • Flexibility
Off field development
  • Life Skills including Illicit Drugs in Sport Education
  • Nutrition & Hydration
  • Injury Prevention
  • Recovery
  • Mental Skills
  • Laws
  • Game/Performance Analysis
  • Drug Education (ASADA)
Players are informed of their selection in the program through August to October. The training program runs November-September with weekly sessions varying depending on the time of season. During the off and pre-season 3-4 sessions per week will be conducted. In season the number of scheduled sessions in the respective centres will reduce to 1-2 with many sessions being conducted in the players’ school or club training environment.
Players entering the squad will begin a probation period of 4-6 weeks to ensure they fully comply with the selection criteria and standards and expectations of the program. Professional program staff will assemble in early December to finalise the selection of players from the probation period into the full National Gold Squad program.
Additional players can be selected and added to the program at any stage during the year.
The training programs will be integrated into school, club and representative programs as best possible. It is the intention of the National Gold Squad program to compliment the various development and competition programs that the players are involved in, not to take them away.
Through the program players will be monitored and assessed by the professional SuperRugby programs with a view to contracting players into the National Academy and SuperRugby squads post school. All players will graduate into important Colts and Premier rugby programs where they will continue to be monitored and assessed for professional and age team representation selection ie SuperRugby, National Academy, Australian U20s Team, and Australian 7s Team.


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