Director of Rugby

International Rugby Academy of Australia

  • Australia
  • Full Time
Closing 7 Oct 2021
Applications 0


About IRAA

The International Rugby Academy of Australia (IRAA) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation formed for the sole purpose of developing ambitious rugby players and coaches in Australia. 

IRAA is a partnership with IRANZ, the highly successful and world-leading rugby academy founded in New Zealand. For nearly 20 years IRANZ has developed the likes of Ardie Savea, James Slipper, TJ Perenara, Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Dick Muir, Chester Williams, and 100+ other players and coaches who have gone on to gain international honours. 

IRAA brings the proven formula, credibility, and success of the IRANZ model to Australia, adapted to the Australian rugby ethos.   

Our professionally simulated camp environments provide the opportunity to learn from the best. Including working one-on-one with some of the most recognised and knowledgeable rugby minds in the world.  At our most recent camp in Narrabeen, our specialist coaching team included 5 former Wallaby captains and the Rugby Sevens international record points scorer. 

Since our launch in November 2019, Government restrictions have limited our capacity to operate, forcing some courses to be cancelled. To date, we have successfully run three, week-long camps in NSW and QLD.

IRAA is now seeking a Director of Rugby to continue to develop our mandate of establishing a world-leading independent rugby academy into 2022 and beyond.

You can learn more about us at

Footage from our April 2021 Academy in Sydney can be viewed here. And from our December 2020 Academy on the Gold Coast here.

Job Description

Accountable to the General Manager and the IRAA Board, the Director of Rugby will:

  • Lead and develop IRAA as a world class, innovative national rugby academy program for 11 to 18-year-old talented and aspiring male and female players and ambitious coaches
  • Use the foundations of the IRANZ model and continue to develop the IRAA program with a contemporary Australian ethos, catering to both 15’s and 7’s games
  • Manage the technical running of the Academy courses entailing approximately 4 x 7 days programs and 3 x 1-2 day combines anually.
  • Ensure applied sports science is integrated into planning of IRAA programs in conjunction with a Strength and Conditioning lead
  • Identify and implement critical elements of success through research and performance trends across the sporting landscape
  • Develop and manage on-line courses
  • Identify, recruit and train facilitators and specialist coaches, strength and conditioning coaches and medical and rugby support staff

The Director of Rugby will work with the General Manager:

  • Maintain IRAA’s financial sustainability
  • Liaise and maintain constant communication with ambassadors, former and current representative players, and specialist coaches
  • Coordinate programs and activities with Rugby AU, Provinces, and other Academies
  • Coordinate with IRAA regional committees
  • Player and coach talent ID
  • Mentoring and ongoing regular communications with participants
  • Manage scholarship and bursaries
  • Plan and attend approximately four Roadshow events per year
  • Manage sponsor expectations
  • Work with communications manager to develop social media content and other marketing material
  • Develop communications and working relationships with Junior rugby networks including schools, clubs, and representative bodies.

Key Relationships - liaise with the following Stakeholders:

  • IRAA board 
  • IRANZ (partner)
  • Sponsors
  • Rugby Australia
  • Regionals
  • Schools
  • Clubs
  • Representative bodies


  • Weekly to General Manager
  • Monthly to IRAA board

Application Instruction

Please apply with your resume and a cover letter.

Duncan McDonald

0467 224 520

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