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English + Rugby Experience


The National Trade Academy offers English language tuition to enable international students to communicate within a social, holiday or work situation in New Zealand. Take the opportunity to learn English during the day and after class either join a Rugby team for practice or gain additional skills with the personalized coaching programme. On Saturday you have the opportunity to play for a team in one of our local competitions.

For those who wish to enhance their learning with a rugby experience in New Zealand, the National Trade Academy, in conjunction with Total Rugby Ltd, can offer a variety of packages which include:

  • coaching sessions
  • fitness training
  • playing for a local rugby club
  • signed rugby memorabilia
  • a Total Rugby tracksuit. 

There are two packages we offer for your rugby experience. The option you choose is combined with your English language tuition at the National Trade Academy.

Option 1 – Standard Flexible - Minimum 4 week Programme


  • Specialised coaching in groups of 4 - 10 (basic skills and some personal coaching)
  • Attend a Crusaders coaching session
  • Breakfast with an All Black/Crusader to discuss playing at the elite level (minimum numbers required)
  • Fitness testing to measure baseline data and improvements
  • Access to Jim Burrows fitness centre with training programme provided by qualified fitness instructor

Prerequisite: Players must demonstrate that they have some knowledge of the game by completing a questionnaire.

Cost (2019 prices):
NZ$   2,940
4 weeks English + Rugby
NZ$      260 registration fee

Option 2 - Club Premier - 24 weeks

  • Includes all of Option 1, plus:
  • Mental skills session with qualified sports psychologist
  • Video analysis of playing using computer based feedback
  • Personal mentoring by Total Rugby staff
  • Total rugby tracksuit
  • Signed rugby memorabilia

Prerequisite: Players will have a history of playing rugby and have played at least one season of competitive rugby.

Students will have the opportunity to develop English language skills at each level they enrol in, with a focus on the systems of English (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation) and on the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Emphasis will be on listening and speaking skills

Cost (2019 prices):
NZ$ 10,340 English + Rugby (22 weeks)
NZ$      380 per week (uptill 10 weeks) General English
NZ$      345 per week (11 weeks plus) General English
NZ$      260 registration fee

Homestay (Student Links):
NZ$ 270 Placement fee
NZ$ 276 per week Homestay fee
NZ$ 288 Insurance (6 months)

Free/Included In Fees

  • Computer & wireless internet access
  • Help to find work
  • Help with further study placement
  • Student kitchen to make light meals
  • Tea and coffee

More information through StudyNewZealand EU <- click for e-mail

See our regular study programmes at National Trade Academy, Christchurch

About Total Rugby

We are the rugby specialists. We have years of experience playing, coaching, touring, administering. We are based in Christchurch, Canterbury, home of the most successful professional rugby team in the history of the game. However, our connections span the length and breadth of the country. We can take care of your every rugby and touring need.

Total Rugby has been working in the rugby community throughout New Zealand for many years and have developed strong links with many clubs and rugby organisations. We are able to place players in clubs that will enable them to get regular game time and to progress their own skills and abilities.

See the Total Rugby video:

About the National Trade Academy

The National Trade Academy provides New Zealand and international students with a range of training courses and national qualifications for careers in the land based industries of Agriculture, Equine, Horticulture and Forestry. It  also offers international students English language tuition which can include unique New Zealand experiences, such as horse riding, rugby and farming.

At our specialist Training Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, we cater for New Zealand students, international students and school students.

English Courses at the National Trade Academy

  1. General English Course (Beginners) – 12 weeks
  2. General English Course (Elementary) – 12 weeks
  3. General English Course (Pre-Intermediate) – 12 weeks
  4. General English Course (Intermediate) – 12 weeks
  5. General English Course (Upper Intermediate) – 12 weeks

See an All Black video: