Are you winning? Work, train and play rugby in New Zealand in 2016

What a year! The recent Rugby World Cup, hosted so successfully by England, saw the mighty All Blacks win the RWC for an unprecedented third time and made it the definite highlight for our country.

So what’s behind this winning rugby factory and how can you follow in their footsteps?

How does New Zealand keep on producing rugby’s elite?

One of the frequently asked questions we hear is how a small country like New Zealand (with a population well under 5 million) can generate such a high calibre of rugby players.

To help answer this question, international players are being offered a once in a lifetime experience to come to New Zealand to train and play rugby and immerse themselves in the Kiwi culture - in the heart of the world’s rugby mecca!

Seize your opportunity to train with the best

The Crusaders are offering a unique opportunity to do this through their International High Performance programme.

In response to player and coach demand the International High Performance programme was founded in 2008. The Crusaders are the most successful Super Rugby side in the history of the game having won the title and unprecedented 7 times.

The purpose of the international programme is to offer a unique insight into the hotbed of NZ Rugby, the home that developed the McCaws, Carters and Reads of this world and consistently produces the most All Blacks each year.

Training Programmes for 2016

The player programmes for 2016 are aligned with our outstanding Crusaders Rugby Academy and is offering aspiring young professional players the chance to learn from the best. These programmes are mainly based at the home of the Crusaders.

The Crusaders International programme is offering 2 player programmes in 2016

1.    Elite

This is aimed at the aspiring rugby professional who wants to focus full-time on their rugby career. This programme has produced a number of international players and there was an impressive five graduates recently participating at the latest RWC in England.

Players have the option of attending for part or all of our rugby club season and its perfectly aligned with the Northern Hemisphere’s “off season”.

2.    Work, Train and Play (WTP)

2016 will see a new programme introduced for those players who want to experience New Zealand’s rugby culture while also working.

In partnership with one of New Zealand’s leading recruitment companies Canstaff, we will also offer assistance with finding a job, place you in a suitable rugby club and provide you with a high performance rugby programme to round off the whole unique New Zealand rugby experience. There are a number of start dates for this programme on our website and numbers are very limited.

Coach or player? Upskill in NZ!

Visit our website and apply today for your chance to learn more about New Zealand rugby and take your game to the next level!