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National Team Head of Physical Performance

National Team Head of Physical Performance – Rugby Union of Russia

Rugby Union of Russia

The Rugby Union of Russia (RUR) is the governing body (national sporting federation) in Russia for the sport of rugby union. It operates development programmes to grow the game and high performance programmes to support men’s and women’s national teams in 15s and sevens. Russia has a strong domestic game and commenced a new academy system in 2018. The RUR has high aspirations for the success of the nation in global tournaments.

The national senior men’s 15s team is currently ranked 19th in the world and has qualified for Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019 in Japan. In its previous appearance at RWC 2011 in New Zealand, Russia performed creditably on debut, earning a bonus point against USA and scoring eight tries in games against Tier 1 opposition from Australia, Ireland and Italy. The national team is managed by a group of local and international coaches and specialists including representatives from the United Kingdom and Tonga, bringing experience from both northern and southern hemispheres. All current national team players are professional, with the majority playing their domestic rugby in Russia’s Super League.

Full-time National Team Head of Physical Performance

To continue to progress the competitive standard of the national team, the RUR is seeking a full-time Head of Physical Performance.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading all aspects of physical training for national team players and will work as an integral part of the coaching team, organising player workloads, training intensity and the scheduling of rugby training sessions. The position requires a substantial amount of international travel, including a minimum of nine months per annum based in Russia.

Principle Accountabilities

The Head of Physical Performance is an extremely exciting position, offering the successful candidate the opportunity to contribute strongly to the performance of Russia’s national team at RWC 2019, along with the setting of future fitness standards and creation of support systems for all Russian players at senior, U20 and U18 national team levels for 15s, and sevens representative levels.

The candidate will need to communicate effectively with players and staff, form strong relationships with both and demonstrate their capacity to inspire players to work harder than ever before. They also need to be able to demonstrate their ability to synthesise relevant sport science & medicine data, informing their decisions on player workload and training session content.

The Head of Physical Performance will line manage two Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coaches, and any additional contracted consultants (e.g. nutritionists). This role will be supported by High Performance Advisors from World Rugby.

Qualification, Knowledge and Skill Requirements

The Head of Physical Performance needs to be a leader, of solid character and comfortable with making difficult judgement calls. They must be an excellent communicator to players, peers and through the union’s administrative hierarchy.

The candidate will need solid experience of Tier 1 level professional rugby, and a proven track record of developing players with the fitness to play high-tempo Tier 1 level rugby. The candidate should be equally adept on the pitch as in the gym.

The candidate must have the character and skills to keep players inspired and motivated to train and uphold a performance-focused lifestyle while away from the national team set-up. Visits to players contracted at foreign clubs will be necessary.


The role is full-time, based in Moscow, Russia and contracted until 31 December 2019. Candidates will be expected to spend a minimum of nine months per annum in country. An attractive, competitive salary will be offered and in addition, accommodation and relocation support will be provided by the union.


All applications should be submitted by email to and must include:

  • A written application (on no more than two sides of A4 size paper), explaining why you are the right person for this role
  • An up-to-date CV, including your contact details and contact details of two referees

For a copy of the full job description or for more information about the position and support/staffing structures in place, please contact Kirill Kulemin, RUR High Performance Manager:

Note all enquiries will be treated confidentially.

Applications close 1700 hours (CET) 27 July 2018. Only successful applicants will be notified of an interview, within two days of closing. Interviews will be conducted by teleconference.

Please note that SRi is not playing an active role in the recruitment process for this position.

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