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The Rohrig Elite Development Program (EDP) provides a pathway for emerging rugby talent to maximise their development on and off the field post school.

It offers young players the opportunity to train and play at one of the largest and most successful rugby clubs in Australia and be part of the supportive and spirited Brothers community.

The Rohrig EDP provides holistic development and education to further the participants’ potential through high quality coaching, education and mentoring from some of Queensland’s leading industry professionals and Rugby coaches. The aim is to build both rugby and life skills and create networks that help the participants achieve their goals in the short and long term.

The strength of the Rohrig EDP is the focus on the individual. The program is tailored to enable each player to reach their potential within a successful team environment, with the intention of helping individuals to become not only great players  but also great people.

The program commences with a 3-day Performance Camp on the first weekend of February. 

On-field Program

The program is designed to build the physiological capabilities, performance mindset, core skills and position specific skill set of each player. Each EDP member receives individualised strength and conditioning programs, recovery, nutrition education, performance reviews, tracking and a progressive skill development program.

1.       Core Skills & Position specific development

Training sessions are focussed on individual core skills, position specific skill development and individual skill deficiency work. Players train every week on a Wednesday night from February to August (26 weeks). This is in addtion to the players' regular team training sessions.

2.      Strength and Conditioning training

Players are given individualised periodised strength programs throughout the pre-season and in-season phase, and are regularly tracked and reviewed.

2.       Diet and nutrition advice

Players are educated on effective sports nutrition to help them with increased energy levels, improved performance and both training/game recovery. This includes skin folds, nutrition education seminars, hydration strategies and if required customised supplement plans. 

3.       Wellness assessment

Players are closely monitored throughout the season to ensure their overall wellness and health is upheld.

 

Off-field Program

1.       Goal setting and reviews

At the start of the season, each player is required to set both on-field and off-field goals for the season/year. These goals are reviewed in monthly group workshop sessions.

2.       Education and Leadership

Development Leveraging the Brothers business network, regular seminars are held for the players on topics such as leadership, winning mindset and decision making.

3.       Community Engagement

Rohrig EDP recruits are required to support the Brothers Modified Rugby Program (MRP). The MRP provides coaching & mentoring opportunities for the players with individuals who have additional physical and intellectual needs.

4.       Player Mentoring and Networking

Our mentor program is designed to provide motivation and guidance to the players with their on-field and off-field goals. The Brothers extensive former player and corporate network is accessed to provide the players’ with an appropriate mentorship throughout the program.

5.       Pathways

We leverage the Brothers Rugby Club business and community network to facilitate future career pathway options for our players, including:

a) Construction Industry Pathways For players interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry, Rohrig Constructions will employ them through their Rentals division as a Storeman. This provides an opportunity to be inducted in safety and to get exposed to all trades in construction. When the player decides which area of constructing they are interested in pursuing, Rohrig will facilitate an interview with an appropriate company in that trade for an apprenticeship. 

b) Other Industry/Career Opportunities Once the player’s desired pathway is understood, we will explore the Brothers network to identify possible employment opportunities and connect the player with appropriate contacts.

c) QUT Brothers has entered into a partnership with QUT, through this relationship EDP players are able to receive career guidance and information about various tertiary opportunities which may exist through QUT’s Elite Athlete Program.

 

The Brothers / Rohrig Partnership

 Brothers Rugby Club combines more than 1,200 players from Under 6 through to Premier Rugby. It is one of Australia’s largest rugby clubs, and a significant community hub with the Brothers Touch Association and 7s rugby programs offered to men and women of all age groups. Brothers is the ‘family club’ and plays a key role in Brisbane’s Inner North.

Formed in 1905, Brothers Rugby Club has a long and rich tradition in Rugby Union in Queensland with 83 Internationals, including 6 Wallabies, 1 Kangaroo and 1 Wallaroo. Among the list of notables who have worn the Brothers jersey are six Wallaby captains; JP ‘Jimmy’ Flynn, Des Connor, Paul McLean, Anthony Shaw, Rod McCall and John Eales.

The club has also produced over 200 Queensland players and have won 28 ‘A’ Grade premierships.  Brothers Premier Grade have also contested in 12 of the last 13 finals series, proving to be the most consistent club in the competition.

Off the field, Brothers players are renowned for being proud and active community members, continuously looking for ways to positively impact the lives of those in our community, through rugby and the club.

Rohrig is committed to the success of the Elite Development Program.

Rohrig believe in supporting young men and women and driving positive growth in every aspect of their lives. Rohrig plays a vital role in supporting and driving the program to assist with the transition of players from school and into Premier Grade rugby.  Rohrig sees people as their most important resource and works hard to attract quality people and help them to be the best they can be. Just like the Rohrig Elite Development Program, Rohrig helps their employees grow from good people into great people.

Where possible, Rohrig and its affiliate business partners also help to facilitate career opportunities for our players away from the rugby field.

The Rohrig EDP Achievements

The Rohrig Elite Development Program was established in 2014, and has already helped a large number of players to fast-track their career, both on and off the field. Brothers and Rohrig are proud to have produced players selected for the Australian U20’s, Queensland & Melbourne U20’s, Australian Barbarians and the various NRC squads. Three former EDS members have embarked on a professional rugby career with Super rugby franchises (Brumbies, Rebels and Reds). Six of our 2016 EDP players also helped steer Brothers to the 2016 Premier Grade Premiership.

Tom Moloney

Brothers’ Premier Grade

Melbourne Rebels 2016/2017/2018

“For guys like myself, who wanted to make a career out of playing footy, the Rohrig EDP was a big step forward in learning how to become a professional.”

 

Ben Hyne

Brothers’ Premier Grade 

NRC Brisbane City

ACT Brumbies 2017/2018

“The Rohrig EDP provided with me individual skill development training opportunities that enabled me to focus on taking the next step in my rugby career. It was also a great chance to receive one on one time with coaches to go over my game and focus on specific areas I needed to work on”.

 

Emmanuel Meafou

Brothers’ Premier Grade

Melbourne Rebels U20’s/Melbourne Rebels 2018

“The Rohrig program was a really good platform for me to focus on my individual skills specific to my position. The coaches really helped me transition from school footy to playing against men and developed me as a player that got me opportunities with the Rebels and many more.”

 

For more information on the Rohrig Elite Development Program please contact Ryan Schultz, Program Director, at ryan@brothersrugby.com

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