As part of a Rugby Academy student's development, they have access to the following:

  • 15 Hours timetabled for rugby – 3 sessions a week, with fixtures played on Wednesdays
  • Intense pre-season programme
  • Emphasis on core, positional and unit skills, game management and tactical awareness
  • Individual and team analysis
  • Development plans and core skill assessments.
  • Academic Development

    While the Rugby Development programme will prepare you for a possible career in professional / semi-professional rugby, this cannot be guaranteed and indeed, this may not be your priority.

    Continuing with your studies as well as your sport enables you to keep your options open.

    To provide the widest range of opportunities and choices, we place our primary emphasis on your academic progress and performance.

    Options available:

    Depending on your grades, these courses may provide you with the qualifications needed for entry onto a university level course.

  • Rugby Development

    As members of the prestigious WRU U18 Wednesday League, the exposure and rugby provision our Rugby Academy students will receive is first class. With highly competitive fixtures, players are exposed to a level of competition which has an intensity, physicality and skill level that is above and beyond what they'll have experienced at U16 level. With fixtures being televised on S4C, these students will be able to showcase their talents to a national audience.

    As part of a Rugby Academy student's development, they have access to the following:

    • 15 Hours timetabled for rugby – 3 sessions a week, with fixtures played on Wednesdays
    • Intense pre-season programme
    • Emphasis on core, positional and unit skills, game management and tactical awareness
    • Individual and team analysis
    • Development plans and core skill assessments.
  • Physical Development

    With the physical demands of rugby increasing year upon year, the emphasis on developing athletes is vital. We pay great attention to physical development, with a focus on speed, strength and conditioning. In order to manage a player's physical development, students have access to the following:

    • 3 strength and conditioning sessions a week
    • 4 physical and 2 strength testing days per academic year – all data and lifts are assessed down at the WRU National Centre of Excellence
    • Weekly physiotherapy sessions with the RGC/WRU Academy physiotherapist
    • Post-match recovery sessions
    • Nutritional advice.
  • Selection

    Selection for a place at Coleg Llandrillo's Rugby Academy is made by invitation and trial basis. Players who demonstrate a suitable level of development and performance whilst members of the RGC U16 team will be approached on an individual basis.

    We also encourage players who haven't been involved in the RGC U16s set-up to apply, as we strongly believe that individuals develop at different rates, and that given the right environment and guidance, individuals can thrive.

  • WRU/RGC Academy

    A small number of players will also be offered a WRU/RGC Academy place.

    Whilst at Coleg Llandrillo, these players will have access to an increased level of support from the WRU/RGC Academy staff, in addition to the support they would receive from the Coleg Llandrillo Academy Staff.

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