Craig Dwyer

DATE OF BIRTH: 29-oct.-1988
CITIZEN: South Africa /New Zeland
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Since I was a boy, coaching rugby at a professional level has been a strong ambition of mine. I have grown up watching the greats play and coach, and I can identify with them having played and coached in South Africa, New Zealand and South America. I am extremely passionate about the sport and my goal is to help players personally develop and for teams to play collectively and achieve their goals, while instilling a strong winning culture.


  • Effective communication including active listening and paraphrasing, so everyone is on the same page, breaking down barriers
  • Successful team culture means understanding where their work fits in the total context of the vision
  • Strong eye for detail means I read both the game and the players competently, giving good analysis that aids with future evaluations
  • Robust planning and management abilities that allow organised and effective sessions


2018 – 2020                                  Backline Coach / Attack Coach               Mid-Canterbury A Squad, NZ

  • Development of game blueprint in patterns
  • Pre and post-match analysis
  • Specific responsibility for backs (11/14/15) and overall team attack
  • Contributing to team trainings and session plans
  • Team selection and player development

2018 – 2020                                               Premier Division Head Coach                         Hampstead RFC, NZ

  • Responsible for uniting players who traditionally have had a lot of in-fighting
  • Creating a team culture that is inclusive and enjoyable for players and management
  • Applied my planning and executing abilities to pre-season and season training sessions
  • Employed new patterns of play to eliminate the expected patterns of play
  • Coordinating match day programs and after match functions
  • Identifying talent and instigate selections, including recruitment of new talent
  • After match game and player analysis to identify strengths and weaknesses


2019                                 Intermediate  7’s Coach               Mid-Canterbury Rugby Union, NZ

  • Effective planning and delivery of sessions for Boys and Girls at Intermediate level
  • Developing upcoming players skills and understanding of the game
  • Introducing World Rugby’s values and our own set of values to both squads
  • Koru Games 7’s Championship Winners

2017 – 2019 – 2020                                Rugby Outreach Program                                 Santiago, Chile

  • Effective planning and delivery of free coaching clinics for tier 2 nations
  • Assisting coaches with training plans and personal development
  • Video analysis to help players improve their all round game
  • Raising funds to purchase vital training equipment such as balls & tackle shields in addition to collecting boots and training apparel to ensure entry level players have sufficient gear to play the game

2016 – 2017                            U20 Head Coach                                 Ponsonby RFC, NZ

  • Reinforcing a winning team culture for both the players and management
  • Planning and executing challenging and enjoyable training sessions, to work on individual technique, and expose players to different situations
  • Developing upcoming players, their skills, understanding of the game, including the intellectual elements
  • Coordinating match day programs and after match functions to include families who support the players
  • Observational analysis using advanced perception, scrutiny, critical thinking, and memory to guide player improvement, and identifies talent to aid with selections
  • Plate winners in the Auckland rugby 2016 competition, awarded for team with the best culture and sportsmanship, award for the teams with the highest average points

2008 – 2013                            Director of Rugby                                                 Durban Mets RFC, SA

  • Working collaboratively to plan and execute a four-year plan to expand the depth of players
  • Uniting players and management to create a strong team and club culture
  • Conscription of new players, and developing their ethos
  • Successful game analysis and video sessions in partnership with the squads
  • Accomplishing club sponsorships and financial streams to ensure continued patronage
  • Coordination of match day and after match functions, creating a cohesive atmosphere
  • Organise the planning, and then executing of training sessions to improve player skills, so they become stronger, and play better
  • Completed the season unbeaten as division winners, and most improved club

2010                          U16A Forwards Coach                                       George Campbell HS, SA

  • Contributing to session planning and team training
  • Responsible for the forwards and team’s defensive systems
  • Effective planning and executing of training sessions, designed to increase player skills
  • Assisting with selection and player reviews


2008 – 2009                            U15A Head Coach                                                Queensburgh HS, SA

  • Creating a consistent team culture where players enjoyed training
  • Individual player development and mentoring to ensure I got the best from players
  • Effective planning and executing of training sessions, designed to increase player skills
  • Game and player analysis to aid with quality squad selection


  • IRB Level 2
  • Rugby Smart 2019
  • St Johns First Aid Certificate

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