Transition Year at

Rugby Academy Ireland

Our high performance Rugby Academy programme is delivered by top professional coaches, mentors and tutors.

  • Rugby specific training – general and position specific
  • Strength & Conditioning Performance Course covering weightlifting, rehab, supplementation, fitness development, nutrition, cooking, mental skills, time management, rugby coaching badges and much more!
  • Speed Development module
  • Eye Gym Programme
  • Match Analysis training module
  • Rugby Qualifications – safe rugby, referees course etc.
  • Mentoring programme
  • Use of all Academy facilities
  • Course materials
  • RAI branded training gear

Option 1


per day
  • Day package
  • Minimum 10 days
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Option 2


per month
  • Non-residential
  • 8 months (Sep – Apr)
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Option 3


per month
  • Full residential
  • 8 months (Sep – Apr)
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What do previous TY players say?

Past TY rugby academy players and participants share their experiences

Erin King

Josh Keogh

Ruth Campbell

A typical day on the TY programme

09:00 - 10:00
Fitness, speed and agility
10:00 - 11:30
Strength and conditioning
11:30 - 12:00
12:00 - 13:30
Rugby session
13:30 - 14:15
Wellbeing and pilates session
14:15 - 15:15
15:15 - 16:15
Rugby session - individual skills
16:15 - 17:00
Course accreditation modules
17:00 - 18:00
Recovery session

Download the brochure for the TY Rugby Academy programme


The structure, knowledge and expertise provided by RAI enabled my daughter to vastly improve her rugby skills, fitness and decision making and provided the tools to ensure continued development through her rugby career. She clearly advanced at a greater rate when compared to her rugby peers and attained international honours during her time with RAI.

James KingParent of Erin, Full time TY girl player

I learned many new skills and a lot about the technical side of the game. The coaches helped every player identify weaknesses and improve and my fitness levels are way better from all the exercises we did in the gym and on the pitch. The Rugby Academy is a great way to get better at the game and having fun while at it.

Alanah FrazerTY Women's Player 2019/2020

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