"The Academy has been awesome! The specialised weights program and one-on-one speed training have helped me significantly and have really improved my game. It has also been really helpful that the coaches are always readily available and accessible.
Iliseva Batibasaga, Elite Player Deveopment Program Member 2009
Queensland Womens, Wallaroos and Australian 7's Representative
"The experience of coming to the UQ Rugby Academy has been absolutely immense. The facilities at UQ for both on and off field training are second to none. The coaches show dedication to both indivdual performances and needs as well as help in becoming better team players which made the environment around the academy enjoyable. The difference for myself from when I started and finished my time was incredible. My performances both in the gym and on the pitch improved drastically due to the time dedicated by the coaches to analyse and talk about my individual needs on where I could improve. The benefit of also being in the academy has increased my knowledge of rugby tremendously and has given me new and exciting training methods that I can take back to England. The skill-specific sessions have really helped me improve as an all round player and added dimensions to my game that I thought I could never have. I couldn't recommend highly enough going to the UQ Rugby Academy for players at all levels who want to improve their rugby and I would like to thank all the coaches and players who made my time at the academy memorable."
Andy Naisbitt - Elite Player Development Program Member 2007
"First of all I would like to thank all of the coaches and teammates for making my experience at the University truly great. The mentoring, facilities on field and off field training were unprecedented. The academy training really helped me develop my ball handling skills above where I thought they could go. The strength and conditioning program introduced me to techniques that are foreign to the United States and I have benefited from immensely. The players were very warm and receptive to teaching and learning from me. Coaching staff took the time to focus on the individual needs as well as my role within the team structure through helpful video analysis. All of the individually tailored programs developed my game specifically to my needs as a player. I came to Brisbane in order to improve my game, from playing at a higher level to improve my technical skills. The University of Queensland Rugby Academy has improved my technical skills, physical strength and overall game knowledge. I would give my recommendations to anyone, at any level looking to become a better rugby player."
Tim Ryland (Penn State, USA) - Elite Player Development Program Member 2007
"From the outset I was very impressed with the high level of technical, tactical and physical development offered by the UQ Rugby Academy’s High Performance Program. The technical expertise provided for a highly dynamic, disciplined and enjoyable environment which contributed to me being selected in the Australian U19’s and subsequently being offered a contract in the Reds College for the 2007 season. This is the best program outside of the Super 14 Academies for developing players to their individual potential and I encourage any player who wishes to reach their rugby playing and athletic potential to contact the UQ Rugby Academy.”
James Hanson – UQRA High Performance Player Development Program Member 2006
Australian U19's, Melbourne Rebels, Queensland Reds Representative
"Kobe Steel Rugby Club would like to say thank you very much for all your favours to our player, Kazuyuki Takakura. We are extremely happy for your support, programs and reports about him. We want to send our players to Australia regularly if they are good enough to play there. We hope we will have a long-term relationship with you and UQ Rugby. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a favour if you need any help or connections in Japanese rugby. Again, I do appreciate all your helps for us. Best Regards"
Terunori Masuho - Head Coach, Kobelco Steelers Rugby Club
Kobe Steel Ltd.
“Global Sports Ministries is a non-profit organisation that works with the youth through sports. I can testify that the UQ Rugby Academy has provided our organisation with an excellent development program through rugby. The young Presidents Elect team from Fiji that spent three days with the Academy will never play rugby the way they used to - a little scattered- the professionalism and experience contained within their program assisted us in winning the Nick Farr-Jones Cup against the passionate Southport School (TSS) 16 A's team. When we bring the South Pacific developing teams to Australia next we will be taking time out to seek the UQ Rugby Academy's support. Thank you very much for your excellent assistance”.
Shaun Matheson, Managing Director, Global Sports Ministries
“The UQ Rugby Academy has greatly helped me reach the heights to help me represent Australia on the IRB World Sevens circuit. They provide first class education on and off the rugby field and I would highly recommend this program to aspiring sevens players."
Con Foley, UQ RA player 2011, UQ Premier Grade, Australian Sevens 2011 - current