New Zealand Rugby Resources

Dead LockedI set Deadlocked across New Zealand with the generous help of young New Zealand rugby players during my visit in 2014.

The Borderlands team travel 12,000 miles to New Zealand to compete against the best young rugby players from Australia, South Africa and the mighty New Zealanders in the World Championships.


Avignon tickets“Readers have been eagerly awaiting the final installment in this very engaging series for young rugby fans, an added bonus the last book is set in New Zealand!”  Alison Hewett, Kristin School


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Explore Deadlocked, the final book in the Rugby Academy series with these resources to help promote reading through the love of sport in your school.

Deadlocked is available from South Pacific Books


nz Deadlocked posterDownload Tom’s Eden Park New Zealand Rugby Poster HERE  


“a book of depth as well as excitement”    Julia Eccleshare



nz letterShare my Top ten tips letter for New Zealand rugby families to encourage reading HERE


Rugby Academy Live Online StoryRead a free live online story during the Rugby World Cup at school or at home.

First chapter released 17 Sept 2015


RFU Toolkit & Lesson plans

Produced with England Rugby to mark this autumn’s Rugby World Cup, all free to download NOW after a simple registration.

  • Read RugbyREAD RUGBY – A toolkit of ideas to use rugby to help encourage reading for pleasure. DOWNLOAD FROM HERE
  • Fifteen classroom lesson plans about writing and reading through sport:
    • Reading – Rugby Biographies
    • Reading – Rugby Fiction
    • Reading – Rugby Magazines
    • Reading – Rugby Newspapers
    • Reading – Rugby Non-Fiction
    • Reading – Rugby Online
    • Booklet – Literacy and Numeracy Team
    • Writing – Dialogue
    • Writing – Starting out
    • Writing – Plotting
    • Writing – Playing characters
    • Writing – Writing pace
    • Writing – Conflict
    • Writing – Settings
    • Writing – Cliff hangers
    • Writing Drill – Ending


rugby certificateCertificate

Tell me when you’ve read all three Rugby Academy books and I’ll send you a signed certificate (via your school if you prefer) by emailing me direct here.


Download a poster by clicking on the images below:

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Try my Deadlocked Reading Comprehension Quiz

Deadlocked reading quizHERE


Rugby Reading Pack


Tackle my other Rugby Literacy Resources HERE

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