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The International Rugby Academy of New Zealand (IRANZ) and Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. has Confirmed IRANZ Courses for Players and Coaches for this Summer

Courses are to be held in Glendale July 27 - August 14, 2009

GLENDALE, Colo., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Created by All Black legend Murray Mexted, the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand is looking to bring its prestigious development academy to American soil for the first time through proposed High Performance courses for players and coaches at Infinity Park, Glendale.

IRANZ places primary focus on high performance with emphasis on position specific coaching and includes an impressive lineup of former international coaches and players, including Mexted, former All Blacks Richard Loe, Seam Fitzpatrick, Grant Fox, Keith Robinson, former Wallaby Davis Campese and USA Eagles Head Coach Scott Johnson.

The High Performance Player Course, geared toward national team caliber athletes 18 years and older, will feature skills and fitness training, as well as specialized instruction by player position during the 19 day course. The registration cost for the course, which runs from July 27 - August 14 is $5,000 and includes instruction, accommodation, meals, coaching materials and shirt.

Aimed at elite coaches, coaches hoping to build toward the next level, and former players with coaching aspirations, the two week long High Performance Coaching Course will run alongside the players' course on August 3 - 14. Coach cost is $4,000 USA and also includes instruction, accommodations, meals, coaching materials and shirt.

Facilitator High Performance (Players' Course)

Mick Byrne / Ian Foster or Arran Pene

Facilitator High Performance (Coaches' Course)

Brian Ashton (England)

In addition to position specific coaching our staff coaches will cover the following modules:

Murray Mexted (NZ): mental toughness, the roles and selection of the loose forwards

Richard Loe (NZ): forward consultant, scrum analysis, set up of scrum, the maul, position specific (front row): technical and practical, aerial possession, driving maul

Keith Robinson (NZ): aerial possession, lineouts, kickoffs, driving maul, position specific (locks): technical and practical

Grant Fox (NZ): field position, team strategy, kicking module, position specific (1st 5/8): technical and practical

Progressive Skills Specialist

Dave Ellis: vision and decision making in a team environment, vision and decision targeting key decision makers, skill testing and remedial coaching, defensive skills, opposed drills, kicking skills and drills, passing skills, drills - ruck and maul, contact to continuity, tackle skills

Fitness Trainer

Wayne Taylor / Dave Williams: team building, fitness testing, rugby specific conditioning, injury prevention, nutrition, cool down/recovery, programs, planning with coaches' systems, technique coaching, systems for managers

Position-Specific Specialists

Hooker: Sean Fitzpatrick: position specific (hooker): technical and practical

Prop Richard Loe (NZ) / Bill Le Clerc (USA): scrum analysis, set up of scrum, the maul, position specific (front row): technical and practical

Locks (one from the following): Keith Robinson / Mick Byrne: aerial possession, lineouts, kick offs, driving maul, position specific (locks): technical and practical

Openside Flanker: Kingsley Jones: the role of the number 7, position specific: technical and practical

Blindside Flanker: Arran Penne (NZ): the role of the number 6, position specific: technical and practical

Number 8: Murray Mexted (NZ): the role of the number 8, position specific: technical and practical.

Scumhalf: Jon Preston (NZ): position specific (halfback): technical and practical

Flyhalf: Grant Fox (NZ): position specific (flyhalf): technical and practical, kicking module

Center: Scott Johnson (USA): position-specific (inside and outside center): technical and practical

Wings: David Campese: position specific (wing): technical and practical

Fullback: Christian Cullen: position specific (fullback): technical and practical

Interested players and coaches may contact Mark Bullock, Director of Rugby, City of Glendale - InternationalRugbyAcademy@glendalerugby.com or by fax at 303 584-4183 for application materials.

Additional Information Contact - Mark Bullock - 303.639.4710 (office) or 303.472.7395 (cell)

SOURCE Infinity Park

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