Rugby League

Online Applications

Applications for the 2022 Rugby League program are not yet open. Check back in February for any updates.

 If you require more information, please contact the NIAS office.

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Boys Manager

Scott Bone

Boys Coaches
Peter Stevens

Scott Blanch

Jake McManus

Girls Coaches
Luke Taylor

Amy Barraclough

Richard Ingram

Brianna Tricket

Girls Manager

Marion Frendin


Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male athletes who turn 15 in 2021 (born in 2006), reside within the Group 21, 4 or 19 regions and is a member of an affiliated club or association or be prepared to join.

Female athletes who turn 16 or 17 in 2021 (born in 2004 or 2005) and reside within the Group 21, 4 or 19 regions.

Selection Process & Criteria

Players may be offered a place in the Rugby League Program based on their performances. A selection panel will assess each application based on performances, attitude and commitment to Rugby League. There will be one U15's BOYS squad selected in 2021 consisting of up to 30 athletes, There will be one U17's GIRLS squad selected in 2021 (made up of 16 and 17 year age eligbile girls) consisting of 20-30 athletes.                       

Trials will take place at Jack Woolaston Oval on Sunday 18th April (Time TBC)

Athletes will be assessed on the following criteria via Talent Identification processes.

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

Program year

An outline of the program year for BOYS in 2021 willl include the following:

  • Six regional training sessions
  • Potential for satellite sessions
  • Skill acquisiiton, strength and conditioning and athlete education
  • Out of region tour (second half of year - date TBC)
  • Academy Awards night
  • Program to run from April (trials) until July

An outline of the program year for GIRLS in 2021 willl include the following:

  • 4-5 Training Sessions
  • Potential for satellite sessions
  • Skill acquisiiton, strength and conditioning and athlete education
  • Trials to develop into the U17's Tigers squad
  • Opportunity for out of region tour (dependant on selection into U17's Tigers squad)
  • Academy Awards night
  • Program to run from  April (trials) until July 


Program content

The program includes skill development, team development, fitness screening, games against quality opposition and regional match play.

Athletes will have access to information from the NIAS Life Skills Education program. This program covers education sessions on

Correct Nutrition 


Opportunities beyond Sport

Perfornace Psychology 

Physiotherapist support (Correct Techniques) 

Health and Wellbeing

Strength & Conditioning support 

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.


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.

Contact NIAS if you would like to make an appeal and recieve feedback on your application. 

Athlete Benefits

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

  • Regional training sessions
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • One 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:  $TBC.  This levy will cover training camps, coaching support, Life Skills Education, fitness testing, and  Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  $TBC.

Rugby League NIAS clothing pack:  $TBC 

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


Open Date: 18 March 2021
Close Date: 20 June 2021

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

Applications currently closed


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