Rugby League


2017 Rugby League Squad

Beau Abraham - Tamworth

Kobe Bone - Tamworth

Jhett Butler - Tamworth

Albie Copeland - Coolah

Trae Cronin - Tamworth

Khiran Egel - Mungindi

Bradley Fernance - Moree

Jaiden French - Armdiale

Malli French - Moree

Blake Ginman - Tamworth

Daniel Kelly - Tamworth

Corey Kennedy - Glen Innes

Blair Maloney - Tamworth

Andrew Marle - Warialda

James Marsham - Tamworth

Braydon Reid - Tamworth

Corey Ricketts - Moree

Jacob Robinson - Moree

Blake Ryan - Narrabri

Wayne Seabrook - Tamworth

Jack Todd - Moree

James Walker - Tamworth 







Head Coach - Peter Stevens
Assistant Coach - Richard Ingram 
Program Manager - Scott Bone

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male athletes who turn 15 in 2017,  reside in Northern Inland region and be a member of an affiliated club or association or be prepared to join.

Selection Process

Up to 25 male players may be offered a place in the Rugby League Program based on performances selection trials. A selection panel will assess each application based performances and attitude and commitment to Rugby League.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period,  August 2016 to March 2017.

Selection Day - xxth October - Armidale

NIAS Induction - Saturday 4th February 

March - Sleep in camp - Tamworth

April - Training Camp - Tamworth

May - Training Camp - Tamworth 

June - Training Camp - Tamworth

July - Tour - Central Coast/Sydney

NIAS GROWTH DAY - 4th February

NIAS Awards Night - 5th August 

Program Outcomes

The program will offer each athlete the opportunity to further develop and improve skills required to gain selection in regional, state and national teams.

Selection Criteria

Athletes will be assessed on the following criteria at selections trials or via Talent Identification processes.

  1. T- Technique
  2. I- Intelligence (Touch).
  3. P- Physical Attributes
  4. S- Skill
  5. Endurance- 20m shuttle run


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Program content

The program includes skill development, team development, testing, games against quality opposition and a Tour to Sydney (including a training session at the Sydney Roosters, attending a Sydney Roosters game as well as a team against a Sydney team (to be confirmed).  

In February athletes are to attend the NIAS GROWTH DAY. This program covers education sessions on

Goal Seting


Opportunities beyond Sport

Wealth Management

TV, Radio and Print Media

Health and Wellbeing


Athlete Benefits

Intensive training support by quality regional, guest and state level coaches.

  • Regional training sessions.
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • 1 Ticket to annual awards night.
  • Travel Assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps.
  • Financial assistance if selected into state team.
  • Fully Paid Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship available.

Athlete Commitments

  • Attend all program activities.
  • 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.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear Academy apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS anti-Doping policy.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required.


Athlete levy:  $165 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, GROWTH day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  $165 GST inclusive

Rugby League Clothing Pack:  $225 GST inclusive (ordered from and paid to SportsPower Armidale, includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased from SportsPower Armidale.


Open Date: 1 September 2016
Close Date: 30 November 2016

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

Applications currently closed