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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