Rugby Union

Sportspower Armidale/Armidale EXServices CluB rugby Program

2017 Rugby Union Squad

Jack Armstrong - Bingara

Lucas Cotterell - Armidale

Ethan Crosby - Uralla

Hunter Dalzell - Tamworth 

Austin Elias - Tamworth

Campbell Hancock - Narrabri

Finlay Lambeth - Tamworth

Logan Lynch - Tamworth

Hayden Maher - Coonabrabran

Nicholas Munsie - Armidale 

Sam Osborne - Tamworth

Austin Scrivener - Yarrowitch

Lachlan Spry - Tamworth

Joshua Stackman - Caroona

Josh Turner - Tamworth

Head Coach:  Brady Walker
NSW Rugby:  Garry Walsh

Application Details


NWho is Eligible

Male athletes who turn 14 in 2017,  reside in Northern Inland region and be a member of an affiliated club or association or be prepared to join.

Selection Process

Up to 30 male players may be offered a place in the Rugby Program based on performances selection trials. A selection panel will assess each application based performances and attitude and commitment to Rugby

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period,  November 2016 to March 2017

Sunday 6th November 2016 – Trials/Selections  from 10am, at the Pirates Rugby Club in Tamworth. 

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016-  Overnight camp -  at the Pirates Rugby Club in Tamworth.  Times to be confirmed.  Summer fitness program provided. 

Saturday 4th February 2017 - NIAS Induction – Armidale 

Training Day 1 - xxx  February 2017 - Training

Training Day 2 - xxx March 2017 - Training

Training Day 3 - Trial game v North Coast - March 2017

End of March 2017 - Sydney Tour - Waratahs Game, Visit to Newington/Club matches TBC

NIAS Awards Night - Saturday 5th August - Tamworth 


Please refer to the events on webpage.

Program Outcomes

The program will offer each athlete the opportunity to further develop and improve skills required to gain selection in regional, state and national teams.

Selection Criteria

Athletes will be assessed on the following criteria at selections trials or via Talent Identification processes.

  1. T- Technique
  2. I- Intelligence (Touch).
  3. P- Physical Attributes
  4. S- Skill
  5. Endurance- 20m shuttle run


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Program content

Sessions will be held throughout six months to 31st March.   The program includes skill development, team development, testing, games against quality opposition and a Tour to Sydney (including a training session with Waratah staff, attending a Waratahs game as well as a team against a Sydney team (to be confirmed).  

In February athletes are to attend the NIAS GROWTH DAY. This program covers education sessions on

Goal Seting


Opportunities beyond Sport

Wealth Management

TV, Radio and Print Media

Health and Wellbeing


Athlete Benefits

Intensive training support by quality regional, guest and state level coaches.

  • Regional training sessions.
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • 1 Ticket to annual awards night.
  • Travel Assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps.
  • Financial assistance if selected into state team.
  • Fully Paid Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship available.

Athlete Commitments

  • Attend all program activities.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both on and off the field.
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear Academy apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS anti-Doping policy.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required.


Athlete levy:  $165 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, GROWTH day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  $165 GST inclusive

Rugby Clothing Pack:  $225 GST inclusive (ordered from and paid to SportsPower Armidale, includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased from SportsPower Armidale.


Open Date: 1 September 2016
Close Date: 29 April 2017

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

Athlete Information

Height (cm)*
Weight (kg)*

Parent/Guardian Contact Details

Fathers Name*
Fathers Phone Number*
Mothers Name*
Mothers Phone Number*
Parent Email*
Council LGA*

Medical Details

Medicare No*
Family Doctor
Family Doctor Ph Number
Do you have any injuries*
Permission to Call Ambulance*
Emergency Contact*
Emergency Mobile No*
Do you suffer from any known allergies?*
Member of Private health Fund
Fund Name
Fund Member Number
Medical Operations/Conditions*
Ambulance Cover with Private Health

Sport Information

Lonestar Sport (if applicable)
Golf H'cap (if applicable)
Current Club/Association*
Coach Name
Coach Mobile
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Additional Information
How long have you played/competed*
Preferred Position*
What are your goals with your sport*
Who is your favourite Athlete?*
Greatest Influence on your Sports career*


Athlete declaration*
I am applying for a position into the Northern Inland Academy of Sport Talent Development Program. If selected, I agree to fulfill all obligations to the Academy Program.
Parent Declaration*
I have read and understand the information provided for this program and give my child/ward permission to apply for a position in the NIAS Program.