About The Academy

The University of Queensland Rugby Academy (Academy) is owned and operated by the University of Queensland Rugby Football Club. Its mission is to be globally recognised as the premier fee-for-service Coaching and Player Academy.

The Academy specialises in the design and delivery of rugby education and development systems to meet the needs of Australian and international customers. Programs are delivered by world-class coaches, and supported by The University of Queensland’s School of Human Movement Studies and UQ Sports Academy to deliver a pre-eminent package combining sports science, athlete analysis and supreme rugby tuition.

Applying best practice recommendations from Australian Rugby Union High Performance Skill Development Models, the Academy is cutting edge.

The Academy has developed a number of products:

Off Season Player Development Program

  • A long-term structured player development program which focuses on the individual player and includes personalised skill development and testing
  • Physiological assessment and tailored strength and conditioning programs
  • Psychological analysis and intervention programs
  • Player profiling and individual feedback

In Season Player Development Program (3-month & 8-week)

  • Based on the same training principles as above
  • Tailored to compliment the club training and matches
  • Physiological player recovery techniques

School Holiday Program

  • Based on the same training principles as above
  • Designed for 15-17 year old school rugby players

Coaching development camps and courses

  • Technical coaching development focussing on core, unit, position specific and individual skills
  • Game planning, tactical development workshops and opposition analysis
  • Guidance on the benefits and the structure of effective strength and conditioning programs, nutrition, and psychological assessment


  • Evaluation of rugby programs
  • Development of coach and player education programs
  • Specialist coaching.
  • The Academy will continue to invest in the research and development of skill acquisition and elite coach education ensuring that its programs and products remain at the forefront of best practice delivery.