Rugby AU Development staff are committed to encouraging and providing opportunities for every young Australian to be involved in Rugby. The participation programs and game variants we offer include:

  • Introductory games and activities for students aged 5 to 18 years; and
  • Suitable skills tailored to meet the needs of a player’s stage of life, physical capability, health status, skill level and previous experience.

Due to make its debut as an Olympic Sport in 2016, Rugby Sevens is a fun, fast and exciting game providing an enjoyable and easy introduction to Rugby for children of all ages and skill levels.

Rugby AU offers a range of Sevens Tournaments and programs including:

  • State Wide competitions for U12s (Primary School Sevens) and U18s (Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Sevens);
  • Localised U14s and U16s competitions open for all schools to enter;
  • National Schoolboy’s and Schoolgirl’s Sevens Championships – The three best U18 School teams from the NSW State Schools Sevens Tournament qualify to represent NSW at the Championships; and
  • Pathway to Gold and Junior Pathway to Gold Program

The Waratah Cup (Under 18s) is an introductory level 15 a-side Rugby competition open to all High Schools to participate in. The Waratah Cup is a tier below the Waratah Shield (the NSW Schoolboy’s competition).

The ‘Coast to Country Cup” (Under 16s) is a new 15 a-side competition providing all independent schools across the state with an additional opportunity to expose their Year 9/10 teams to tournament rugby.

Camps are conducted in both end of Terms 1 and 2 School Holidays, where players of all abilities get the opportunity to improve and practice their skills for one to two full days.

Camps are implemented in regional and metropolitan venues across NSW. All camps are supported by either current Waratah players or representatives of the Qantas Wallabies Coaching staff.

Rugby development activities are provided to schools at Waratah and Qantas Wallabies Matches throughout the season, including:

  • Half-field games played before the main game’s team warm up, with school teams staying on the field to watch the Waratahs or Qantas Wallabies warm up;
  • Coin toss – nominates individual to toss the coin and be photographed with both captains, the winner will also be invited to remain on the field to watch warm up;
  • Guard of Honour – 20 nominated players assembled either side of the player’s tunnel to welcome the teams as they run on; and
  • Youth ‘marches’ – your team will make their way around the touch line prior to the Waratah’s games held at ANZ Stadium, Homebush.


The High Performance Unit (HPU) of the Rugby AU offers the following Pathway to Gold Program support to schools in recognition of their extensive work for Rugby across many levels:

  • Rugby Program Development Support – utilising national models of skill development and game understanding developed by Qantas Wallabies and Rugby AU HPU coaching staff.
  • Strength and Conditioning Program Development Support – utilising national models of long term, athletic development created by Qantas Wallabies and Rugby AU HPU coaching staff.
  • Specific Coach Education – targeting Opens and U16s coaches and utilising the Rugby AU HPUs National Gold Squad (NGS) and Junior Gold Program (JGP) curriculums. This education compliments formal coach accreditation and training delivered by NSWRU and Rugby AU and can be tailored to suit the needs of individual schools and coaching groups.
  • Viewing of HPU program sessions – these sessions are open to any coach wanting to view training, meet and discuss Rugby with our full time high performance program coaches.

Rugby’s Pathway to Gold program is a national youth talent development and selection program from grass roots through to high performance Rugby coordinated by Australian Rugby Union. The program feeds off the quality work of key stakeholders such as clubs and schools in supporting the long term development of all Rugby Players.


In 2013 Rugby AU will conduct a Leadership Forum in term three for year 11 students at Rugby committed schools. Five (5) students and one (1) teacher will be invited to attend a one day forum on Leadership underpinned by the values of Rugby and utilising key Rugby and Business leader to impart learning and development.

The program is designed to support school leadership programs and assist in preparing year 11 leaders to recognise and apply effective leadership into their final school year and beyond. Key learning area will include:

  • Leadership Defined;
  • Effective Leadership;
  • Influence and Impact of Leadership; and
  • Applied Leadership – How Do You Lead? Lifeskills: Risk Taking and Brand – Leading by Example.

Selected students do not have to be Rugby players. Rugby prides itself on integrity, respect and camaraderie – important elements of effective leadership and sees tremendous value in supporting the effective leadership in our senior school students.