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Changes made to Age Grade Rep Rugby

Mako players will help upskill all age grade players

A decision by the Tasman Rugby Union Board and staff has been reached to replace the current age grade representative program with age grade player development sessions for all participants.  The TRU has previously fielded teams representing Sub-Unions, Marlborough and Nelson Bays, from Under 11 to Under 16. 

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The TRU conducted qualitative and quantitative research among its stakeholders – clubs, participants and parents – to determine the most appropriate age to start a representative programme, and what activities or development opportunities be put in place in the event the programme is reduced. 

It was the position of the TRU Board and staff during these discussions that any replacement programme be better than what is currently offered.

Called Mako Rugby Player Development Sessions, these will be hosted at central venues allowing all players, coaches and parents, to participate on site together. TRU Community Rugby staff and external resource coaches including Mako senior players will be available to support the delivery. All attending players will receive coaching in the “Mako Five” fundamental skill sets as well as position and skill specific training.

The first sessions will be held on Sunday 28 July in Blenheim and Nelson and will be attended by Mitre 10 Cup men and Farah Palmer Cup women Mako players.

TRU will now begin representative rugby at the Under 16 level with Marlborough & Nelson Bays teams. U15 players will be eligible to trial for these teams.

We didn’t want to rush into our decision and listening to our stakeholders was key to the process. We’re pleased to have got to a point where all participants will benefit from our new programmes, not a selected few. The Board is excited that we will now be upskilling all age grade rugby participants.

You can check out the proposed Mako Rugby Player Development Sessions schedule here 

Tony Lewis