Over 260 rising young rugby players around the country gathered during the school holidays to take part in Franchise U18 rugby camps.

The week long camps held by the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders showed the up and coming emerging players first-hand what it takes to be a professional rugby player both on and off the field.

Throughout the week the young players cover off position specific information, skills, nutrition, off field personal development, integrity, mental skills and wellness, contracting, review sessions and played in a match.   

Super Rugby coaches, current players and Super Rugby providers were used during the camps to present to the emerging players including All Black Nehe Milner Skudder who shared his personal stories at the Hurricanes camp how planning and organisational skills have assisted him with his own success as practical life skill tools.

Kevin Senio who runs the emerging players programme for the New Zealand Rugby Players Association said “These camps are a great educational tool for players and their families.  There is a lot to learn about what it takes to make the next level in rugby and important messages around character development, resilience as these insights and knowledge will serve these young men both on and off the field, so these camps are really practical and useful for the young athletes who get invited to attend.“

Photo caption: Emerging players at the Crusaders Knights camp showing their colour dotting from their resilience session.


These camps are a great educational tool for players and their families. There is a lot to learn about what it takes to make the next level in rugby and important messages around character development, resilience as these insights and knowledge will serve these young men both on and off the field, so these camps are really practical and useful for the young athletes who get invited to attend - Kevin Senio