Athletic Program

Rugby League & League Tag


Program Overview

The FWAS Rugby League (male) and League Tag (female) Program forms an important step in the NRL/CRL Pathway and focuses on improving and developing player skills.

The FWAS Rugby League and League Tag program provides development, education and support structures for athletes to easily integrate to the next level of the elite athlete pathway and focuses on individual athlete development.

Scholarship holders will be required to undergo an induction process, attend weekend training camps, and participate in academy activities.

Scholarship benefits

Academy Rugby League and League Tag provides each athlete:

Coaching Excellence – In a series of training sessions players will work with experienced coaches to develop individual and team skills.

Personal Growth – Off field sessions such as time management, performance under pressure and nutrition ensure athletes grow on and off the field.

General Athletic Development – Testing and an introduction to Strength and Conditioning will improve speed, power and reactive ability on court and will lessen the chance of injury.

High level Competitive Experience – Our Under 16’s and Under 18’s Rugby League squads will participate in at least 3 events over the course of the Program. These events include a tour of Sydney, Newcastle (Hunter Rugby League Academy), CRL Nyngan Challenge (16’s) and games against Western Rams development squads (18’s). 

Our League Tag players will also tour Sydney and Newcastle as well as participate in the Hunter Cup.  

FWAS will play against athletes from the NSW Western Area, Hunter Valley, Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers in competition that is all about individual development.

A step on the Pathway – If you dream of being selected to represent Country, NSW or play in the NRL one day, this program is an important step in your development.

Athlete eligibility

To be eligible for a FWAS Rugby League Scholarship, athletes must satisfy the following criteria:

1.     Be a registered player in your local CRL competition

2.     Reside within the Far West Region of NSW

3.     Athletes turning 14, 15 or 16 years of age in 2020 

Selection criteria

To gain selection into the FWAS Rugby League and League Tag Program athletes must satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following:

  • Be athletic and show potential in improving skills and ability

  • Be enthusiastic, motivated,  and committed 

  • Willingness to learn and apply coaching ideas.

Conditions of scholarship

FWAS Rugby League and League Tag Scholarship holders are expected to:

  • Attend all program activities

  • Be committed and prepared to work toward improving performance

  • Be committed to a holistic approach to athlete development

  • Not take or use performance enhancing drugs or illegal drugs or participate in other activities that are prohibited by the Far West Academy of Sport Code of Conduct

    Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing FWAS

Selection process

Rugby League (male) players who are turning 15, 16, 17 and 18 years of age in 2019 and League Tag players (female) who are turning 14, 15 and 16 years of age in 2020 who reside in the Far West Region of NSW are invited to complete an online nomination form and attend Academy Trials.

Trial details

Trials will be held at Warren Sporting Complex on Sunday 3rd November 2019, commencing at 9:30am.

2020 Rugby League and League Tag Program

Athletes selected into the program will participate in:

  • Western Rams Game (Under 18’s)

  • Sydney Tour (includes games for all squads)

  • Newcastle Tour (includes games for all squads)

  • Training Camps (all squads)

  • Fitness testing and Off-court education sessions.

  • CRL Nyngan Challenge (Under 16’s)

  • League Tag Country Cluster (League Tag)

Training camps will be held at Warren Sporting Complex, Warren.



Nomination forms are now open for the 2020 FWAS Rugby League/League Tag Program.