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Our Approach

Our philosophy is that players who learn and practise core skills will develop their game awareness, perform under pressure and make decisions quickly. As a result, players gain confidence, enjoy their game and they also minimise injury.

Rugby Skills Academy teaches in a small environment so players get  individual attention when they learn the correct techniques. They will go through each of the core skills, step-by-step, until they perform them correctly.

These skills are practised in an engaging and fun environment though innovative drills and game simulations created by Rugby Skills Academy.

Learning basic skills makes good players great!

Our story

Rugby Skills Academy began after Onehunga Mata'uiau recognised a passion for rugby in regional Queensland, but noticed that players were lagging behind when it came to technique.

Onehunga saw too often dangerous tackles, missed tackles, talented players making sloppy passes or even dropping the ball. A common sight was watching players running sideways across a field to avoid a tackle rather than straight towards their try-line.

These are core skills - fundamental to the game - but Onehunga realised that clubs didn't always have the time or expertise to go back to basics.  So grew the idea of running basic skills sessions that would fill this gap and complement club or school coaching.


Onehunga Mata'uiau

Founder and coach

Rugby Skills Academy is owned and operated by former international rugby player Onehunga Mata'uiau, who now calls central Queensland home.

He lives and breathes rugby, which isn't surprising considering the sport is almost a religion in his country of birth - Samoa.

Onehunga developed his specialised coaching skills during his career as a professional rugby player in both 15s and Sevens. This saw him represent Samoa for eight years. In addition, he has been coaching for over 15 years.

Onehunga's playing history includes the 1999 Rugby World Cup, as well as captaining and playing in the Hong Kong Sevens and the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games.

He's built up a successful coaching career, which began when he was coach-player for Waitemata Rugby Football Union Club, one of the premier teams in Auckland. The club won the championship that year.

Onehunga also coached the Manukau Police Rugby Team, Mt Roskill Grammar First XV and the Auckland Samoan Competition. The latter was made up of Samoans in the city, and Onehunga was voted coach of the year two years in a row.

His coaching career has continued in central Queensland, with the Central Queensland Brahmans and the Central Queensland Regional Country for the Queensland Country Cup.

As well as teaching at this open level, Onehunga is passionate about developing grassroots rugby and coaches school-aged teams in both union and league. He has been involved in the Bushrangers, Junior Gold and Queensland Country teams.

Onehunga has an up-to-date first aid certificate and Blue Card.

Contact us now!

To find out how Rugby Skills Academy can help you, your club or school, drop us a line via email:

or give us a call on 0411 872 074.