Head Coach – National Men’s Sevens Team - Australian Rugby Union

Narrabeen | Salary commensurate with experience

Australian Rugby Union (ARU), the national, governing body of Rugby in Australia and home to the Qantas Wallabies and Qantas Sevens teams is seeking a Head Coach for its National Men’s Seven’s Team.

Reporting to the General Manager, Pathways & Performance, the role will lead, direct and deliver the National Men’s Sevens program and ensure the National Men’s Sevens team are a successful and winning team true to their ARU identity.

Responsibilities will broadly include:

People, Culture & Strategy

  • Overall responsibility for the development and delivery of an outstanding world class National Men’s Sevens team program
  • Facilitating a high performance culture that involves continuous learning, behaviours in line with the values of the game and effective performance management
  • Delivering professional and coordinated team and organisation communications


  • Developing, delivering and leading an annual national team program including coaching, physical performance, performance science, sports medicine and team and player development threads
  • Leading the design and implementation of the team schedule including training, recovery, tours, camps, match day schedules and reviews
  • Planning and coordinating team, specialist and individual coaching programs on a day-to-day basis
  • Involvement in the design and delivery of all national development programs and succession plan (recruitment) systems


  • Leading all on-field coaching
  • Developing and implementing playing styles and systems (principles of play)
  • Developing and implementing game plans
  • Managing the design and implementation of periodised training plans, training session plans and review
  • Engaging and supporting player leadership and development

The ARU provides a collaborative, value-based, respectful and empowering environment in which to work and the role will define the National Men’s Rugby Sevens strategic direction and be accountable for implementing it.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Proven expertise and experience in the area of elite rugby (playing/coaching)
  • Formal and current coaching education and accreditation
  • High level of technical knowledge; very strong coaching credentials
  • Strong written skills and proven ability to utilise technology and systems (word, databases)
  • Willingness and proven ability to lead and be held accountable
  • Ability to deal with a high level of public scrutiny
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly – domestic and international travel
  • Acceptance of unusual work hours
  • High personal standards and expectations of others

To apply please send your CV (no longer than three pages), including three referees, one of which should be a professional involved with the program you have most recently coached, to Rachel Buckling, Manager, Human Resources,, together with a completed ARU Application Form, which can be downloaded here. No covering letter is necessary. Closing Date Monday, 12 October 2015.