Why Total Rugby
This is consistently the number 1 reason that our schools, clubs, teachers and parents keep coming back to us.
We are all lovers of sport and are passionate about providing the best touring experience possible, show casing New Zealand and using sport to share in culture, learning, discovery and development.
Phil Robson the Managing director has a strong background in education and understands what it really takes to ensure young athletes are safe, having fun, learning and growing during their time overseas.
Coaches who have tried to either organize a tour themselves or use other tour companies have commented that consistently we are diligent about ensuring well matched competitions/games, understanding the needs and objectives of those who are organizing the tour and thinking ahead.
We are priced very competitively, coaches, parents and tour organizers often comment how much value for money it is and that it’s the service, personal touch, and passion for delivering an exceptional service that keeps them coming back.
They often comment that there is no way that they could have organized the locations, excursions, games, and interactions that the teams were able to experience.
See what our clients say about us
The accommodation that we use for our tours always gets rave reviews. We use hotels that are 3 stars and above. We have been using our main providers of accommodation for years, we’ve built very good relationships up and down the country.
During school holidays we often get access to boarding school halls. These locations provide the teams with an authentic experience in the heart of rugby country. These are only available at select times of year. Be sure to get in touch to inquire about these accommodation requests.
We have intentionally focused our efforts on building local relationships to be able provide a rich touring experience for all our visitors.
We work diligently with local clubs and service providers and have built up the trusted relationships to ensure that your visit here is exceptional and memorable. We understand that if you are travelling overseas for rugby you want to ensure you have proper competition, facilities, coaching and excursions.
Whatever the sport (from Rugby to Rowing, Football, Basketball, Netball and Hockey)we’ve spent time nurturing and building relationships with local sports associations and personnel. It’s these trusted relationships that allow us to whatever needs the group may have.
We ensure Games/fixtures with local competition that is best suited to your skill level. We work with the local sides to ensure that the competition on the day will be well matched to your team’s skill, to test them but also provide an enjoyable experience
Local Sports Associations
We have relationships with local sporting associations to be able to bring our visiting sides unprecedented access into high performance environments and facilities to explore what it takes to play at the next level and inspire young athletes to continue in sport.
Top Local Talent
The beauty of having a small population is that international sports talent is lurking around every corner. Kiwis are known to be advocates of growing the sport, this has been much of the reason why New Zealand competes in many sports competitively at the international level. This commitment to growing the sport and inspiring young athletes extends to all who visit. The passion for their chosen sport, whether it’s rugby, rowing, netball, basketball or hockey we have top talent that is eager to help coach and come for celebrity breakfasts to answer questions and inspire your athletes.
New Zealand is well known in many sports for punching above it’s weight, it is this intangible element that we aim to share with visiting teams. The secret ingredient if you will. What is it that makes teams consistently successful?
We’ve developed High Performance Elements for many of our sports. We’ve got mental skills coaches, nutrition coaches, strength and conditioning, video analysis sessions as well as top level elite sport specific coaches that will reach your athletes and help to bring out the potential in each player.
If you’d like to request a sample itinerary of what a High Performance Tour for your sport looks like please fill out the form below.
We appreciate that taking young athletes on a trip over seas can be daunting and you’ll want to ensure that every aspect is thought of. We can provide you risk assessment documentation for each sport that you may be interested in. Further to that we have processes in place that ensure all team leaders are aware of the risks, the local emergency service providers, where to get medical supplies and anything else that might be needed.
- We provide contacts for physiotherapy where required
- We provide each visiting team with a local phone and phone number to use during their stay
- We are sure to carry comprehensive liability (need to check with Phil)
- All our staff have up to date police checks (need to check with Phil)
- We encourage all teams to purchase travel insurance, or we can help you with this as well. (need to check with Phil)
Please do not hesitate to ask about further risk assessment requirements your school or club may have.
Safety is important to us and we do everything we can to prevent mishaps or unfortunate events, so that you can fully enjoy the experience
We pride ourselves on delivering quality excursions beyond the sport specific elements. We know you want to maximise all of your time here. Over the years we have fine tuned the excursion offerings and have ensured that it is age specific. With the extensive teaching experience of our Managing Director, Phil Robson. We have ensured that all excursions are age appropriate and deliver great value. We recognise that a trip for sport has objectives beyond just sport itself. We have found experiences that enhance team building skills, leadership skills, as well as educational experiences that keep the athletes engaged.
Whether you want to stay situated in one area in the country or travel top to bottom we’ve curated the highest quality experiences that deliver value and memories.
We work specifically with coach bus providers that we have long standing relationships with up and down the country. Sometimes you can spend a great deal of time on a bus and we know that this is an important aspect to you enjoying your stay. Our bus drivers are well acquainted with the needs of sports teams and accommodate as best they can.
Over 14 years of doing tours we’ve worked out the providers that understand the unique needs of touring sides.
For all of our sports we use facilities that our club and school teams train and play on. These grounds, sheds, ovals, pitches, and courts are all up to spec, sometimes very recently updated (as is often the case in Christchurch due to the unfortunate Earthquakes). The facilities are all professionally cared for, maintained for safety and performance.