Rugby Union

Program Overview

The Gold Coast Academy of Sport (GCAS) is pleased to be able to provide a long-term talent development program for players from the age of 13-14 (born 2010-2011).  Players, coaches and administrators receive opportunities to be involved in a program focused on developing their skills and understanding of the sport in the hope they are encouraged to continue their involvement to higher levels of representative rugby local and regional representation.

The program has been developed to provide athletes with targeted long-term skills, alongside the educational elements that enhance performance.  Topics such as Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology and Body Maintenance and Rehabilitation all help the athletes to better understand how they can approach their development.

The annual program is held from Late January to March/April with regular squad training sessions focused on individual skill development.

Rubgy Union

2024 Staff – Jason Croll & Rhys Browne

2023 Squad:

Amos Clark

Alex Kinder

Cruz Sullivan

Harpah  Murray

Harrison Brooker

Hunter   Pyke

Isiah Bush

Jack Owen

Jaxon Todd

Jayden Robinson

Jona Nouanrasy

Kayode  Omomo

Keahi Avery Numa

Kobi Nouanrasy

Koen Hodge

Maison  Guilfoyle

Matty Hunt

Maximus Hill

Oliver Kennedy

Rhys Simpson

Robbie  Warwick

Hugo Hawke

Thomas Nisbet

Selection Process

Nominations are encouraged through clubs. An invitation is forwarded to clubs to identify and nominate talented players who will benefit from additional skill development and educational sessions. 


The program will include specific training days and educational seminars delivered by professional presenters to help prepare players for the upcoming season.

The program provides identified talented players with an opportunity to learn and compete against the best in their age group.  It is hoped that these sessions will further the love of the sport and the development of skills for players to engage and strive for higher level representation.


The target age group for positions within the Rugby Union program is for 15 year old male athletes residing on QLD’s Gold Coast.

Athletes must be a member of the Gold Coast District Rugby Union and/or an affiliated club or be prepared to join one.

Athlete Benefits

There will be a program levy that covers the cost of a full uniform kit including dress polo shirt, training shirt, training shorts and a sports journal. 

  • Access to attend educational seminars, presentations and special events through the GCAS
  • Access to the GCAS TeamApp for streamlined communication opportunities with coaches and ease of access to additional information and resources from the GCAS
  • Invitation to the GCAS Annual Awards Evening later in the year
  • Invitation to special seminars conducted by GCAS or partners

Athlete Commitments 

Athletes who commence the program are encouraged:

  • To attend all compulsory training and education sessions as scheduled
  • If unable to attend sessions, message to be sent to Programs Manager to advise
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development both on and off the field
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner whilst representing the GCAS and its sponsors