Elite New Zealand Rugby (NZR) coaches with NZR Certification will share their insights and know-how as to what makes the All Blacks the world´s number one rugby team.

The All Blacks Clinic is aimed at rugby players both boys and girls aged between 14-18 as at the time of the course.

Four accomplished coaches/players from New Zealand Rugby will be joined by 4 Spanish coaches/players to deliver an intensive 5 day clinic.

Training will be given in both English and Spanish and players will be split into age and ability and preferred position.

The clinic is full immersion with players expected to arrive on Sunday 26th before 17:00 and depart on Saturday 1st September after 10:00. As it is a full immersion clinic, all players will stay on the UFV campus throughout the course of the week.

Francisco Vitoria University (UFV) is located approx. 45km from Madrid airport and 16km from central Madrid.

A welcome dinner will be held on Sunday night. On Monday each player will be assessed on individual skills. Tuesday & Wednesday will be devoted to enhancing individual skills. On Thursday training will evolve into functional roles in the team to obtain continuity of play. On Friday everything that has been learned will be put together as a team. On the Friday evening will be an awards ceremony and special entertainment. On Saturday final farewells and departure after breakfast.

Each participant will receive an All Black Clinic T-shirt, All Black poster, drink bottle, branded tote bag, notebook & pen, All Black Clinic ball. Also each player will receive a free 1 year subscription to NZR´s online coaching tool (

Course fee includes accommodation in single private rooms with own bathroom, course material, all food & refreshments for the duration of the course. Other facilities available for use include indoor pool and gym. Costs of travelling to the course facility are not included. We can assist in arranging transport from the main Madrid train/bus stations and airport if required.


Skill Assessment & Warm-up & Warm down routine

  • Basic pass
  • Basic catch
  • Spiral pass
  • Off ground pass
  • Dive pass
  • Falling on ball
  • Picking up ball
  • Passing through the tackle
  • Pop pass
Catching a high ball
  • On ground
  • In air
  • Evasion
  • Sidestep
  • Side on
  • Front on
  • Falling in tackle
  • Smother tackle
  • Left and right
  • Drop punt
  • Grubber
  • Drop kick
  • Chip
  • Up and under
  • Taking ball into contact
  • Cleaning out
  • Jackal

Individual skills activities (Part one)

  • Passing
  • Catching
  • Running
  • Kicking

Session on Nutrition

The role of nutrition in enhancing rugby performance is being increasingly appreciated by players as it can complement natural talent and dedicated training to produce optimum performance.

Session on Hydration

The high intensity of rugby can create large sweat losses. If players are very thirsty in the game, or lose more than 2kg body weight in a game, too much fluid has been lost. This severely impairs performance by approximately 10-20%.

This session will show players that they should aim to start exercise well hydrated by drinking water with meals and snacks and sipping on water bottles. Good fluid choices through the day and during the game are imperative.

Individual skills activities (Part two)

  • Tackling
  • Contact

Session on InjuryThere are a few basic things that you can make sure happen immediately after an injury has occurred – this is called the immediate phase.

After this session players will be 100% familiar with these procedures, understand the symptoms and the road to recovery around concussion.

Functional Roles

While the functional roles in the scrum are typically set, other units have roles that can change dynamically.

MINI UNIT (Functional roles)

  • Breakdown
  • Ruck and mauls
UNIT SKILLS(Functional roles)
  • Scrum (F)
  • Back attack (B)
  • Defence (B)
  • Lineout (F)
  • Counter attack (B)
  • Kick restarts

Session on conditioning

Physical preparation is an essential component of sports performance at every level. To assist players to achieve their optimal performances they should have a basic understanding of how the body functions in terms of physical exercise and the physical requirements of rugby.

After this session an effective fitness training programme should develop the energy systems appropriate for rugby.

Team Skills

Putting it all together – using a game situation rotate teams through for reinforcement of learnings.

Session on Mental Skills

Looking at how thinking affects an individual’s behaviour and performance in training and competition. We focus on teaching practical skills to players to enable them to develop their mental abilities to the same level as their physical abilities.

Through this programme, players will be able to improve their psychological game and hence their overall sports performance. The focus at this level is on goal-setting as a tool to enhance player motivation and performance.