Rugby Union

Application Details


Who is Eligible

Male athletes who turn 14 in 2018,  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 2017 to March 2018

Sunday 5th November 2017 – Trials/Selections  from 10am, at the Pirates Rugby Club in Tamworth. 

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 2017-  Overnight camp -  at the Pirates Rugby Club in Tamworth.  Times to be confirmed.  Summer fitness program provided. 

Saturday 3rd February 2018 - NIAS Induction – Armidale 

Training Day 1 - xxx  February 2018 - Training

Training Day 2 - xxx March 2018 - Training

Training Day 3 - Trial game v North Coast - March 2018

End of March 2018 - Sydney Tour - Waratahs Game, Visit to Newington/Club matches TBC

NIAS Awards Night - Saturday 4th 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: 28 August 2017
Close Date: 6 October 2017

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

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