News,Northern Swords Northern Swords 2015 – 15s and 17s Selection for Trials – 30th May 2015

Northern Swords 2015 – 15s and 17s Selection for Trials – 30th May 2015

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We are just entering the commencement of our Swords campaign and have our trials set for this Saturday the 30th of May. We have asked each club to nominate up to 8 players for each age category and will run a north vs south origin set up. At the moment we have 48 students attending the 15s trial and 47 attending the 17s trial. The head coaches are Joe Rau 15s and Jim Larkin 17s.

There is a high performance camp already planned and various different training initiatives which will involve squad training, weight training, strength & conditioning, tactical play, video analysis and nutrition. There will be targets set and there is a real buzz around the representative season ahead of us.

Congratulations to the list of players who have been selected to trial for the Northern Swords 15s and 17s teams, this weekend at Lindvart Park, Kaikohe.  Coach for 15s is Joe Rau.  Coach for 17s is Jim Larkin.  Support staff for these teams will be announced at a later date.

Saturday 30th May, Lindvart Park, Kaikohe – 9:00am

All players need to be ready at Lindvart Park by 9:00am (with all of the required gear as per notice supplied to your Club coaches).  Contact your Club Coach if you do not have a copy of this information. There will be a kai after all of the games, so please ensure trialists remain for the duration.

Train-On Squad

It is the intention that each grade will name a train-on squad of 30 players after this weekend.

Camps and Competitions

The train-on squad selection must be available for a training camp based in Whangarei on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th July.  The final selection must be available for competition games in Rotorua on 15th(travelling), 16th (games), 17th July(games/travelling).

15s – Trials Lists

17s – Trials Lists

Swords Trial Notice





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Swords Coaching visit Warriors HQOn May 9th the swords coaching teams travelled to Warriors HQ as part of the preparation of for the 2012 season.

The objective of the day was twofold, it was a team building as well as an opportunity for personal development and upskilling.

The Warriors staff and players were incredibly welcoming and open – even sharing trade secrets!

Firstly the Swords staff were welcomed by Dean Bell, Warriors Recruitment Manager. Then BlueyMcClennan presented video analysis of the recent Warriors victory over the Broncos.

One thing that he kept re-emphasizing were the basics, such as the ball carry and the play the ball. Get the small things right – if you can’t control the ball you won’t get to your kick! Teams would be surprised BUT over half the territory good teams make in a game is through their kick chase.

After Bluey, Warriors NRL Manager Dan Floyd gave a run down of managing teams and preparation. The old coaching adage of “Failing to plan is planning to fail!” runs true. With an emphasis on attention to detail and understanding effective communication channels.

The Swords staff then got to sit in on a first team video session, as they planned to take on the Roosters. Then they had the opportunity to watch a first team training session.

Following the session Tony Iro presented on how to control the ruck and the importance of marker defence and the speed of the play the ball.

Craig Walker the Warriors Head Trainer then gave a break down of his theories of the Art of training players. He explained that it is useful to understand the physiology of training methods but at the end of the day it was more about reading and understanding players. As we all know everyone is different and we all react differently. The art is how can you cater to individual needs while working in a team environment?

A big thank you must go out to Dean Bell and the team at the Warriors – thank you for helping us on our Rugby League journey.

Swords coaching staff 2012:


  • Joe Rau – Coach
  • Jon Renes – Trainer
  • Edward Irving – Manager


  • Benson Selwyn – Coach
  • Michael Shearer – Manager/Trainer
  • Willie Dixon – Trainer


  • Jim Larkin – Coach
  • Chief Yates – Manager
  • Raymond Jones – Trainer