The intensity and demands of a sport like rugby union mean that athletes must combine agility, speed, quick reflexes and extreme fitness to perform at the highest level. Running an average of nine kilometres per match, players need the best coaches and the best sports science programs to help them achieve the extremely high levels of fitness required for this sport.
Established in 1988, the AIS Rugby Union scholarship program aimed to coordinate a national approach to identifying and developing existing talent. The AIS identified promising athletes between 15-18 in the years 2003 – 2006 with the aim to prepare them for representative school and club rugby, and professional post-school rugby at the Super 12/14 and Wallabies levels.
The Australian National Sevens Program that began in 2008 meant that the Australian Rugby Union and the AIS were able to broadened the existing base of players and better prepare players for the demands of Super rugby on the international stage.
Administered by the ARU in Sydney under National Programs Manager Anthony Eddy, the AIS/Australia’s 7’s Rugby Union program has its 18 strong squad taking part on the iRB World Sevens Series, with all preparation and selection camps taking place at the AIS.
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