Learn the basic skills to play safely and confidently

Do you want your child or teenager to be able to play rugby safely?

Rugby Skills Academy develops core skills – tackling, passing, catching, running and kicking - and most importantly teaches correct technique.

These basic skills are fundamental to the game but are often overlooked until players are well into their teens and even adulthood. In fact, top-level rugby union and league players are still learning the basic skills.

More of a concern is that kids are not taught how to play safely, particularly when it comes to tackling, and actually put themselves and other players at risk.

By joining Rugby Skills Academy, players gain confidence, they enjoy the game, they learn how to perform and make decisions under pressure - safely.

Rugby Skills Academy is based in central Queensland but its services extend beyond this region to international clients. It's and owned and operated by skills specialist Onehunga Mata’uiau. Onehunga is a former international World Cup rugby and sevens player and Level 3 accredited coach with over 20 years of coaching experience.

Onehunga creates a stimulating and fun environment for players aged from seven to 18 years old through a wide range of innovative drills.

These skills sessions are designed to complement rugby or league club and school training.

Rugby Skills International CampThe Auckland International and Rugby Skills Academy High-Performance Camp 2020

Rugby Skills Academy and Auckland Rugby International Academy are holding a High-Performance Camp in September 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one camp is being held in Rockhampton, at the Rockhampton Grammar School.

A camp that was scheduled for Perth will be run in early 2021, when borders re-open.

This camp is open to both boys and girls in the 7s and 15s game and is open to those who play U15 through to U18.

  • Rockhampton 25-29 September
  • Perth - in 2021 when state borders are open.

The camps are being held in state-of-the-art facilities, so players can get the most out of the camp.

This camp is open to both boys and girls 7s and 15s game.

This high-performance camp will focus on:

·      Advanced skills

·      Positional specific skills

·      Functional roles

·      Defensive roles and systems

·      Attacking roles and systems

·      Analysing teams both defensive and attacking

·      Speed, agility, power, mental skills, decision making, skills development.

·      Micro skills

·      Technical skills

·      Tactical Skills

·      Psychology session: mental preparation; how to deal with pressure; harnessing nervous energy into positive energy; team building; understanding emotions.

·      S&C Strength and condition sessions: understanding how to get stronger, specifically to rugby and each role

·      Nutrition: learning what to put into your body and why

This camp is run every year, and if you are interested in future camps, please email rugbyskillsqld@gmail.com. Please also check us out on Facebook.

Term Skills Program

A weekly, one-and-a-half-hour program for rugby, league and sevens runs after school and weekends during school term and is designed to complement club and school training. The sessions are for players aged from nine years to 18. Core skills are taught in a fun environment through specially created drills.

The sessions are currently held in Rockhampton, Emerald and Gladstone. Download a booking form here.

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School Holiday Program

Intensive all-day programs are held during the school holidays throughout Queensland.

These range from one-day to three-day sessions and are specially designed to embrace both beginners through to those with experience.

Each player has the opportunity for one-on-one positional sessions, and they also put their news skills to the test through game simulation.

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Club and School Program

Want your entire club or school team to up-skill? Rugby Skills Academy will work with your club to design programs that will lift the skills of all the players in the club.

It is already working with a number of clubs in Queensland, including Emerald, Rockhampton and Mackay, and is available for any location.

The Academy also designs and delivers programs for primary schools as part of the school's physical education module. It has successfully delivered this program to a number of central Queensland primary schools.

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Rugby Skills Academy provides services to individuals, club and schools. It has clients all over the state and, thanks to modern technology, can provide services overseas.

Email now: rugbyskillsqld@gmail.com or give Onehunga a call on 0411 872 074.