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IRANZ with Murray Mexted

IRANZ (the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand) is the world-leading rugby academy, providing an independent high-performance pathway for players, coaches and teams from around the world. IRANZ Courses allow participants to learn 1:1 with some of the greatest rugby minds in the world. The following videos have been filmed on our Players’ and Coaches’ Courses held in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Please see the IRANZ Website for more information on IRANZ Courses go to

Part 1. IRANZ Introduction 5:08 Free video

At IRANZ, we firmly believe the key to unlock potential is to learn from the best in the business. That’s why our Staff Coaches represent some of the most recognised and knowledgeable rugby minds in the world. Founder ex All Black Murray Mexted introduces his academy. Play video

Part 2. Breakdown Defence 12:29 Member content

Legendary and Iconic All Black forward Rodney So'oialo,master of the dark breakdown arts, is at IRANZ Academy and shares with TRS some truly game changing techniques around winning possession. We haven't seen these techniques before! They will most certainly change the way your team approaches winning the ball back. A must watch for all you innovative players and coaches who want to get the edge on your opposition and get the best out of your team. Play video

Part 3. Vision & Decision Making - Theory with Dave Ellis 7:18 Member content

The Blues and ex Connacht Skills coach Dave Ellis discusses Vision and Decision Making with coaches in the classroom at IRANZ's latest camp in Palmerston North, NZ. Play video

Part 4. Tools for Vision & Decision Making 6:27 Member content

Dave follows on from last weeks video with important tools in an easy to follow format. Enjoy! Play video

Part 5. Coach Vision Awareness   13:28 Free video

How much Decision making pressure can you manage? Ex Blues and Connacht Skills coach Dave Ellis takes his Coaches through Vision and Decision Making session. Enjoy!


Part 6. Pure Catch 8:47 Member content

In this video at IRANZ's Green Room, Dave starts building player skills pressure with a series of skill drills using tennis balls only. Enjoy! Play video

Part 7. Targeting & Release 15:11 Member content

In this video, Dave demonstrates to coaches the importance of players targeting and releasing the catch and pass. Enjoy! Play video

Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7
Duration 68:48
Topics Coaches Corner
Applicable to Coaches   Players  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Excellent. Best set of progressive passing drills I’ve seen. Thanks Dave.


amazing clearness!


Some really good ideas, all new and very technical.


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For me the game is about body movement and depending on what and how we do it will determine the outcome. Great session from Rodney highlighting some of the ways this impacts on our breakdown skills

Great Britain & Northern Ireland

Excellent tips on controlling your body and very effective tecniques at the ruck.

South Africa

Nice! I’ve never seen that technique before. Can’t wait to put it out to the guys in training and see how they do!


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