Inside Running Recruitment is a sports recruitment agency specialising in the global placement and transfer of talented rugby union players and coaches.

We were established in 2003 to eliminate the many risks plaguing the rugby recruitment industry.

Our aim is to provide a professional and comprehensive service to all Players, Coaches and Clubs. We operate under three cornerstone values of honesty, integrity and professionalism.

We make this goal a reality by having Inside Running Recruitment Agents located in: New Zealand; Australia; the United Kingdom; Ireland; France; the USA; Canada and Spain. We also have trusted sources on the ground across all other rugby markets.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU REGISTER WITH US

INSIDE RUNNING SERVICE

Inside Running Recruitment provides three key service areas to its client Clubs around the world:

1. Foreign Player Recruitment.

We are widely recognised as the market leader in this area. Managed from our New Zealand office, we source Players from within our major markets for placement with Clubs anywhere in the world seeking foreign Players to add value.

2. Local Player Recruitment.

We provide local Player recruitment services to Clubs in New Zealand, Australia, France, the United Kingdom/Ireland and the Netherlands/Germany/Belgium/Switzerland through our representatives on the ground within these markets. This is an area of real growth and opportunity for our business and our client Clubs.

3. Club Consultancy.

We provide consultancy services to Clubs in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom/Ireland and the Netherlands/Germany/Belgium through our representatives on the ground within these markets. This includes advice on Player recruitment and retention strategies, Player development and sponsorship planning. Please enquire with your local Inside Running representative for more information.

OUR POINTS OF DIFFERENCE

What makes us different to other agents?

1. We provide a comprehensive service.

Our Club services include:

  1. Regular updates of new available Players for Clubs to view.
  2. Assurance over a Players ability and statistics through our reference-check process.
  3. Assistance with drafting contracts.
  4. Player departure preparation – including visas, flights, IRB clearance, etc.
  5. Open communication. We have a company-wide policy that all communication must be responded to within two working days.

2. Agents in key markets.

We have agents based in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland, as well as part-time agents based in key European markets. This provides a high level of security for our clients and ensures the arrangement runs as smoothly as possible.

3. We focus on the ‘right fit’.

We understand the comparable level of rugby around the world. We understand the ability of our Players and the level of our Clubs and we take into consideration their objectives behind recruiting Players.

4. Fees.

Unlike many of our competitors, our fees are payable upon Player arrival, not in advance. Our fees are competitive and reflect our service.

5. Our Guarantee.

We give Clubs a six week period to assess a Player after his arrival. Should the Player not be up to first team standard, our fees are either refunded or credited to the Club. The Club must notify us of this during the six week probationary period.

For more information on our service, terms and fees please download our clubs info pack here.

Register here with Inside Running Recruitment

INSIDE RUNNING SERVICE

We match players to clubs/unions – depending on their requirements and style of play, their strengths and weaknesses and their aspirations and objectives for seeking a contract. This ensures that both parties get the most out of the arrangement.

We deal with over 500 clubs in ten countries around the world. This ensures that we are able to secure playing opportunities for players with varying preferences.

We assist the player with all aspects of commencing a new contract. This includes (where applicable) the preparation of a comprehensive rugby CV, drafting of a simple contract between club and player, visa applications, airfares, overseas bank accounts, travel insurance and IRB clearance.

OUR POINTS OF DIFFERENCE

What makes us different to other agents?

1. We have full-time agents..

..based in our three key club and player markets; New Zealand; Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as part-time agents in other key markets. This provides a high level of security for our clients and ensures the arrangement runs as smoothly as possible.

2. We focus on ‘the right fit’.

We understand the comparable level of rugby around the world. We understand the ability of our clients and we take into consideration their objectives for seeking a contract.

3. We are the market leader in terms of quality of service and number of placements made per year.

Unlike many of our competitors, we do not charge our clients to register with our service. All initial consultation and marketing of a client is free of charge and no fees are payable until we have delivered a suitable offer.

For more information on our service, terms and fees please download our players info pack here.

Register here with Inside Running Recruitment.

INSIDE RUNNING SERVICE

Unfortunately the market for coaches is vastly different to the market for players, in that for every paid coaching position around the world there are a huge number of suitably qualified applicants.

Our service for coaches revolves around keeping coaches informed of vacancies as they come to hand and instructing them as to how they can apply.

Contact Us To See How We Can Help Your Career

MEET THE TEAM

<strong>Mark Wilson</strong>
Mark WilsonNZ
Recruitment Director
PH:+64 21 298 5900
Based in Auckland Mark has over 10 years’ experience in Sports Management. He is committed to providing a pro-active and prompt service for players. Mark is well placed to provide guidance and advice for players interested in playing rugby overseas.
Contact Mark Today.
<strong>Steve Hale</strong>
Steve HaleNew Zealand
Recruitment Agent NZ
PH: +64 21 111 6682
Steve provides professional experience in both the Education and Media sectors. A published author he has covered rugby in New Zealand at amateur and professional level as a print journalist and radio host. He works out of the Inside Running Office in Mount Maunganui, NZ.Contact Steve today
<strong>Ryan Pietersen</strong>
Ryan PietersenUK/Netherlands
Franchise Owner
PH: +44 7742 175 590
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Ryan is our key agent for clubs across the UK and Holland. He has a BA (Hons) degree in Sports Management. Ryan has become an integral part of our team and will play a vital role in recruiting players in the constantly growing UK market.Contact Ryan today
<strong>David Jackson</strong>
David JacksonCanada
Club/Player Agent
PH: +1 902 220 1548
Originally from Taranaki, NZ, David had been based in England playing National league rugby before moving to Canada with his partner. With a great understanding of comparable global rugby levels, David is our key man on the ground in Canada to assist Canadian clubs and players with their rugby needs.Contact David today
<strong>Harry Higgins</strong>
Harry HigginsUSA
Franchise Owner
PH: +1 870 275 3276
Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia Harry has been in love with Rugby he was a little kid. He moved to the US in 2010 and is a proud member of the New York Old Blue Rugby Club. A dynamic team player with the intelligence and personality to undertake challenges in a variety of situations, Harry is great addition to our IR team. Harry’s life motto “You’ve only got 3 choices in life: give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.” Contact Harry today
<strong>Craig Hawkings</strong>
Craig HawkingsAustralia
Franchise Owner
+61 (0) 420 967 077
1985-1993-Played colts and grade with Randwick RUFC.
2002-2006- Sth Australian coaching staff at various levels.
2007-2016 General Manager Southern Districts Rugby Club in the Shute Shield- Sydney Premiership. Recruitment, retention , player welfare, administration, financial management, sponsorship.

I have spent that past 10 years working professionally in Rugby Union. Have close liaison with key stakeholders in Australian Rugby and relationships and alignment to many clubs and coaches. A strong working understanding of Rugby in Australia and experience in dealing with overseas players needs, desires and wants. Level III ARU coach
Contact Craig today

<strong>Nicky Pow</strong>
Nicky PowIRR Administrator and Media Liaison
PH: +64 22 302 1795
Nicky is the glue that holds the recuitment business together. She is based in the Mt Maunganui NZ Office and responsible for all our media outlets and all our player clearances, booking of flights, visa assistance and everything else that goes hand in hand when co-ordinating a players transfer to another country.Contact Nicky today