Rugby League

Online Applications

Athlete applications for the 2020 program are now open. Athletes must reside in Northern Inland region and be a member of an affiliated club or association or be prepared to join.

To be eligible you must be aged 15 or under (born before 2005) to apply.

Trial dates to be concluded


"Tamworth Services Club" RUGBY LEAGUE program

2019 Squad

Lachlan Barnden-        Uralla

Joash Boney-               Tamworth 

Darcy Booth-                Armidale

Jordan Butler-              Tamworth

Mitchell Cox-                Calala

Bailey Crawford-          Inverell

Kurt Fisher-                  Gunnedah

Malakai Griffiths-         Armidale

Jack Grob-                   Glen Innes

Thomas Hand-             Tamworth

Archer Harrison-          Gunnedah

Lewis Hippi-                 Tamworth

Jake House-                Inverell

Harrison McLean-        Tamworth

Triston McKelvie-         Moore Creek

Daniel McMillan-          Narrabri

Rowan O’Reilly-           Werris Creek

Cody Parry-                 Tamworth

Trent White-                 Gunnedah

Jacob Whitehill-           Armidale

Billy Youman-               Guyra


Peter Stevens
Craig MacLeod


Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male athletes who turn 15 in 2020,  reside in Northern Inland region and be a member of an affiliated club or association or be prepared to join.

Selection Process

Up to 25 male players may be offered a place in the Rugby League Program based on performances selection trials. A selection panel will assess each application based performances and attitude and commitment to Rugby League.

Program year

Due to COVID-19, all dates are to be concluded

May - Training Camp - Tamworth 

June - Training Camp - Tamworth

July - Training Camp - Tamworth

NIAS Awards Night - 4th August 


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

The program includes skill development, team development, testing, games against quality opposition and a Tour to Sydney (including a training session at the Sydney Roosters, attending a Sydney Roosters game as well as a team against a Sydney team (to be confirmed).  

This program covers education sessions on

Goal Setting


Opportunities beyond Sport

Wealth Management

TV, Radio and Print Media

Health and Well being


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:  $190 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, Life Skills Education Day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  $190 GST inclusive. This is an approximate number, can change depending on tour activities.

Rugby League Clothing Pack:  $TBC (Includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased.

Athlete levy support programs are available for those experiencing financial difficulty.


Open Date: 10 September 2019
Close Date: 22 March 2020

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

Applications currently closed


Tamworth Services Club NSW Rugby League
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