Rugby in New Zealand

Rugby in New Zealand is more than just a game, it forms the sporting backbone of the nation. From grass roots to international super-teams, rugby is supported by passionate kiwi fans.

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Rugby in NZ

Rugby is the national obsession of New Zealand and a huge determining influence on New Zealand life and culture. Rising from cities, small towns and country paddocks, no part of New Zealand’s landscape is quite complete without a set of Rugby goal posts. There are signs of the sport at every corner, whether it’s a young boy perfecting his kick at the park or a proud supporter wearing his team’s shirt to the mall, you can’t help but be captivated by the game.

First ever NZ rugby

Rugby was introduced to New Zealand in 1870 by Charles Monro. Born near Nelson, Monro studied in England before returning home. He introduced the game to friends in Nelson, which lead to the first rugby game being played at Botanical Reserve, Nelson (a sign now stands on the ground to commemorate the game).

By 1879, the game's popularity was expanding and the first rugby unions were formed in Canterbury and Wellington.

The New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) was established in 1892.

What We Offer

We offer the Rugby programme with the option to combine it with study such as the English Language Programme. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the world of Rugby whilst learning a new language. Our programmes are very flexible and can be adapted to the player's needs. Perhaps, you want to give it a go to a short 6-week programme or play the Rugby season from April to September. It doesn't matter how long you want to play or what your English Level is. Both are flexible opportunities you can take at any time of the year.

We work with many Rugby Clubs across New Zealand including some of the most famous ones like the Crusaders. Our services include enrolment, accommodation, guardianship, extra-activities, medical insurance and general trip arrangements.

Everyone has an opportunity to play Rugby in New Zealand. Whether you are just starting or an experienced adult who wants to continue playing Rugby. This is the type of experience that not only will open new doors to your favourite sport, it will also allow you to live the true kiwi life.

Talk with us today and find out more about Rugby in New Zealand!

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