Wellington Rugby Academy Manager Earl Va'a will vacate the role in April after securing a coaching role with an overseas club. PHOTO: Dave Lintott Photography

Wellington Rugby seek new Academy Manager

WRFU Academy Manager Earl Va'a has secured a coaching role at an overseas club


Wellington Rugby is advertising for a new Academy Manager.

The key high performance role has become available after current Academy Manager and former Wellington Lions coach Earl Va'a secured a new coaching position with an overseas club.

Wellington Rugby chief executive Steve Rogers said Va'a's departure was not entirely unexpected

"When Earl was appointed to Academy Manager late last year there was always a possibility that he would follow his passion when the next coaching opportunity arose.

"This has not been an easy decision for Earl but he goes with our best wishes and I know he will be a strong advocate of Wellington Rugby on his travels."

Va'a will take up his new job in April, which gives Wellington Rugby two months to advertise and identify his replacement.

Anyone interested in applying for the role of Wellington Rugby Academy Manager can find the job description below.



Wellington Rugby Football Union has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated person to lead and manage the successful operation of its high performance rugby academy.

This role works with the High Performance Manager and Wellington Lions Coaching staff in delivering successful talent identification and development activities across professional and non-professional players and teams in the Wellington region.

This role directly contributes to the overall promotion and development of the game of rugby in Wellington.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

- Detailed technical and tactical knowledge around the game of rugby union

- An ability to get the best out of people and harness player and coach potential

- Understanding of talent identification systems

- An ability to work both independently and as part of a wider team

The successful candidate will be working with a wide range of talented athletes and needs to be able to demonstrate the flexibility and empathy required to get the best out of each individual. \

Applications can be made by emailing your curriculum vitae and covering letter to matt.evans@wrfu.co.nz

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 16 February 2017.