PLAY RUGBY IN NZ
The Thames Rugby and Sports Club are always on the lookout for new rugby players looking to relocate from within New Zealand or overseas players who wish to develop their skills while experiencing the Coromandel and the many recreational activities and cultural experiences on offer. We have contacts to help you arrange accommodation and employment with work opportunities existing in landscaping, construction, saw-milling, agriculture, manufacturing, health, plumbing, painting, hospitality, retail and many other trades.
Thames is a service and historical New Zealand town situated between the calm waters of the Firth of Thames and the majestic ranges of the Coromandel Peninsula. Thames is a great place to base yourself with fishing, diving, boating, hunting, tramping and beautiful beaches on your door step or within a 30 minute drive. The major cities of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga are within a 1 to 1.5 hours’ drive from the town and it has its own hospital, supermarket, shopping Centre and varied specialty shops.
More info: http://www.thamesinfo.co.nz
The club season extends from March through until August, with pre-season training starting in January. If selected for Thames Valley representative teams, the Heartland Competition season follows this from August to October and involves travelling throughout New Zealand playing provincial rugby.
Thames Valley Rugby Union Link: http://www.thamesvalleyswampfoxes.co.nz
WORKING IN NEW ZEALAND
If you are from a country other than Australia and New Zealand you must have a current working visa and I.R.D number to work in New Zealand.
New Zealand currently has working holiday agreements with the UK, Canada, Chile, The Netherlands, Japan, Ireland, Korea, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, and is currently negotiating arrangements with a range of additional countries. If you are from a country other than Australia and New Zealand you must obtain a work visa or permit.
Australians do not need a work permit as a special agreement exists between the countries.
To be eligible for a work visa under this scheme, applicants must:
Be citizens of one of the above countries ordinarily residing in that country at the time of applying
Satisfy the New Zealand Embassy that their main intention for coming to New Zealand is to holiday and that employment is an incidental reason for the visit.
Have funds available for maintenance.
Agree to hold a comprehensive medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance that will remain current throughout their stay
Be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years, both inclusive, at the time of application
Not be accompanied by children
Possess a valid passport
Possess a return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
There may be other requirements specific to the country you are applying in so if you’re unsure of the requirements, it’s important to check with the New Zealand Immigration Service
More useful information for overseas players can be found at the following links;