Whanganui Rugby facilitates coaching courses for coaches at all levels. Arranged into 3 groups our coach development program allows the union to support those developing as a coach in our region.

As a coach your impact often extends beyond the rugby field. Nurturing teamwork, leadership and a healthy environment. Being a coach is an incredibly rewarding task, in which you can see the development of individuals.

5 - 13 YEAR OLDS

This group’s focus is on primary school and junior club rugby, incorporating both players and coaches. The RDO will make visits to all schools introducing rugby to the children and helping with existing players. WRFU will run coaching courses for coaches appropriate to the level they are coaching.

13 - 19 YEAR OLDS

This group’s focus is on secondary school and under 18 club teams. The RDO will visit all schools assisting with developing rugby drills and skills. The programme also provides coaching courses for the development of coaches at this level. We also run a development programme called ‘Future XV' which is in place to help develop those players with potential to play at higher levels.


This group’s focus is club rugby at a senior level and is a nucleus for coaching courses for the development of the coaches at this level with a number of resources available to them. Player development programmes are also in place at this level.