Talent Discovery Days & National Talent Scout Network


Talent Discovery Days

Rugby’s Pathway to Gold Talent Discovery program will conduct a series of talent testing days in targeted regions across the country. The talent testing days seek to provide opportunities for players and potential players to be viewed by national coaching and talent scout staff as well as select talented players and support them to enter the High Performance Player Pathway. Player details will be gathered and entered into the ARU data management system so they can be tracked through their age grade rugby career.
The Discovery Days will attract players in the 12-16 year age groups and through a schedule of education, testing, training and playing activities provide players the opportunity to showcase their talents.
The Discovery Days are coordinated with local key stakeholders (eg provincial union, senior and junior clubs, schools) to ensure the discovery program supports the needs of these stakeholders whilst also servicing the talent identification needs of the regional, state and national bodies.

National Talent Scout Network

A group of experienced and knowledgeable talent scouts are identified and appointed across Australia to be the eyes and ears of the national talent discovery program. The group will be added to as required. The scouts will be formally recognized with national program apparel and appropriate resources including in-servicing. Full time state and ARU development staff will also be in-serviced and contribute valuably to the National Talent Discovery program. The scouting network will be coordinated by the ARU’s High Performance Unit.

The talent scouts will undertake and perform the following:

i)        In servicing on national talent discovery requirements and systems
Scouts will be required to attend a program induction and ongoing training program delivered by the ARU High Performance Unit to ensure a level of consistency in identifying and reporting on talented players is achieved. Initial induction training will be held in February/March each year.
ii) Viewing of rugby and other sporting competitions/matches
Scouts will view a variety of rugby and other sport competitions and matches to develop a broad knowledge of the potential players in their region and/or competitions. Viewing schedules and event calendars will be developed to ensure coverage of a wide spectrum of talent identification environments. Scouts will develop their own formal and informal network to spread their identification scope. Priority age groups for identification will be 15-21 years of age. Ages outside this priority group will also be viewed.
iii) Report to professional program staff on players identified and of interest
Scouts will report player assessments through to the ARU’s High Performance Unit that includes full time coaches across NSW, Queensland, ACT, Victoria and Perth. Scouts will use a nationally developed and consistent reporting system.
Critical to the effectiveness of the national talent discovery program is the genuine ability to provide opportunities and access to players identified in the program. The simple diagram below displays the layers of opportunities and access that exists within the rugby landscape to support the identification, recruitment, retention and development of talented players.

The National Talent Discovery Program has important links throughout the Pathway and the overall Pathway to Gold Program.


Pathway to Gold

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