Rugby Union

"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

Male athletes who turn 13 (born 2007) 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 23 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,  April 2019 to October 2019

Please refer to the events on NIAS website

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.

Program will consist of:

- Induction/Education sessions

- Four regional training days

- September tour of New Zealand

- October Annual Academy Awards evening

Athletes are to access information from the NIAS GROWTH DAY. This program covers education sessions on

Goal Setting


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:  $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 Union 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: 25 March 2019
Close Date: 18 August 2019

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

Applications currently closed


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