About IRAA

IRAA is a new partnership with International Rugby Academy, the world-leading rugby academy founded in New Zealand, providing an independent high-performance pathway for rugby players, rugby coaches and teams from around the world.

IRAA provides the opportunity to learn from the best of the best, including working one-on-one with some of the most recognised and knowledgeable rugby players, rugby coaches and rugby minds in the world.

IRAA is an independent, not-for profit organisation formed for the sole purpose of rugby player and coach development in Australia. To date, we have secured the support of some wonderful sponsors, including our major sponsor, Investec. To visit our sponsor page, please click here:

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Our courses operate out of the world class facilities of Sydney Olympic Park.

Origins of the International Rugby Academy

Growth and competitiveness in global rugby has necessitated an increase in dedicated,specialised rugby tuition. To meet this demand, The International Rugby Academy of New Zealand (IRANZ) was established in 2002 by former All Black captains and legends, Murray Mexted and Sean Fitzpatrick. Since its establishment, the Academy has played a vital role in the up-skilling of rugby’s premier international player and coaching talent by providing a platform for sharing knowledge with masterminds of the game.  The International Rugby Academy model has since been established in South Africa by former Springbok coach and IRANZ graduate, Dick Muir.

Our Aims and Objectives

IRAA will bring the proven formula, credibility and success of IRANZ to Australia, providing high-performance programmes and services for rugby players, coaches and teams in Australia and from across the rugby globe.

Our aim at IRAA is to maximise the potential of rugby talent.

They say to be the best, you have to learn from the best – that’s why the coaching staff and tutors available at IRAA represent some of the most qualified and highly-respected coaches and former players in world rugby today.

Israel Dagg receiving Position-Specific Coaching from former All Black Jeff Wilson at IRANZ

For players, there is a strong focus on position-specific tuition, skill development, mental toughness, rugby intelligence and self-management. Our set programmes include modules to foster intensive development in each of these areas – leading to improved performance both on and off the field, and laying the foundation for future development, long after the Course is complete.

All Black Coach Steve Hansen providing specialist coaching at IRANZ

For coaches, it is a rare opportunity to work intensively with the world’s best coaches in a practical environment. Set programmes focus on developing a structure, strategy and blueprint that each participant can implement within their own environment. Using a camp-style environment to deliver rapid development and learning, our programmes will exponentially accelerate coach development.

For teams and organisations, IRAA provides a Customised Course service that can be adopted for team/club tours, pre-season camps, clinics and spot coaching. With expertise and specialists across all areas of the game, IRAA has the ability to design and tailor programmes to meet the specific needs of each individual client.

If you’re ready to Maximise Your Potential, you’ve come to the right place.