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Applications for the 2020 Rugby program are now CLOSED 


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Trials/Skill session are on the Sunday, 16th August in Narrabri. 

There will be two separate age groups for 2020:

  • Straight under 15 years (must be born in 2005)
  • Straight under 13 years (must be born in 2007)

Both squads will have an intake of 23 athletes

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"Teys Australia" RUGBY Union PROGRAM

2019 Squad

Archie Barnett                  Tamworth

Rex Barwick                       Tamworth

Harrison Bennett              Narrabri

Louis Bottomley               Tamworth

Cooper Collins                  Armidale

William Crompton           Tamworth

Daniel Crowther               Tamworth

Mack Davies                      Narrabri

Angus Ditchfield               Armidale

Matthew Edwards           Tamworth

Harry Faulkner                  Tamworth

Brock Galvin                      Gwydir

Lochlan Gerdes                 Armidale

Charles Grills                     Inverell

Harrison Irvine                  Tamworth

Benjamin Kelly                  Gwydir

Jack Lincoln                       Armidale

Jack Lockyer                      Armidale

Rory Newsome                 Walcha

Fergus O'Callaghan          Tamworth

Harry Partridge                 Walcha

Maximus Pianko               Inverell

Jack Power                         Walcha

Max Rodgers                     Armidale

Luke Shields                       Narrabri

Jack Smith                          Narrabri

Trey Stafford                     Tamworth

Brandon Tevaga               Gwydir

Lucas Thornton                 Armidale

Ky Wheeler                        Tamworth

Abbott White                    Armidale


Coach- Jason Lincoln- Armidale

Coach- Angus Patterson- Scone

Team Manager- Garry Walsh- NSW Rugby Union Development Manager


Application Details

Who is Eligible

NIAS will be offering two seperate squads (age groups) for the 2020 program. 

Male athletes who turn 13 (born 2007) in 2020 

Male athletes who turn 15 (born 2005) in 2020 

Athletes must reside in Northern Inland region and be a member of an affiliated club or association or be prepared to join.

Selection Process & Criteria 

Up to 23 male players per age group may be offered a place in the Rugby Program based on performances selection trials. A selection panel will assess each application based on performances and attitude and commitment to Rugby. 

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

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period,  August 2020 to October 2020

Please refer to the events on NIAS website

Program content

The program includes skill development, team development, testing, athlete education and match play.

Program will consist of:

- Trials/skills session: Sunday 16th August in Narrabri 

- Intensive overnight training camp: 23rd/24th August (Venue TBC) 

- Regional training session including match play: 6th September (Venue TBC) 

- Out of the region tour including match play, high-performance facilities and elite coaching support: 25th-28th September (this will be a touring party)

Athletes are to access 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.

  • NIAS Life Skills Education Program 
  • Regional training sessions.
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • One Ticket to annual awards night
  • Financial assistance if selected into National team.
  • Fully Paid Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship available (required to complete form to be considered) 

Athlete Commitments

  • Attend all program activities.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to your 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.


$600 per athletes. Includes:

  • Athlete Levy (regional training & athlete education)
  • Clothing: Playing strip, NIAS training shirt and NIAS polo
  • Tour outside of the region (all meals, travel and accomodaiton provided) 


Raffle Tickets:

Incentive to sell raffle tickets to cover cost of program with the support from Rugby NSW.

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


Open Date: 17 July 2020
Close Date: 22 August 2020

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

Applications currently closed


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