Job Vacancy – Men XV Head Coach

Head Coach Men XVs JOB DESCRIPTION The Norwegian Rugby Federation is seeking qualified and motivated applicants for Head Coach, Men

Head Coach Men XVs


The Norwegian Rugby Federation is seeking qualified and motivated applicants for Head Coach, Men XVs. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with an ambitious group of players that represent their country in the Rugby Europe Championship Conference 2 North. The successful applicant will play a key role in the team’s continued change, development and goals toward 2024 to become the proud flag bearer of Norwegian XVs Rugby.  The job is not salaried, but expenses as agreed will be reimbursed. Norway play 4 test matches a year and have historically had 4 – 6 training weekends per calendar year. In total the successful applicants must be willing to work 9 + weekends a year. The job is based in Norway and the coach must live in Norway.

The Head Coach will be a person who has:

  • Advanced level coaching accreditation accompanied by recent experiences as a high-performance coach. Minimum RFU Level 2, ideally Level 3, World Rugby Level 4 ideally 5 or equivalent
  • Evidence of recently upgraded accreditation, recent attendance at coaching workshops or 
evidence of other forms of self-education that displays currency as a coach who continues to
seek further development;
  • Experience at managing assistant coaches and working cooperatively with team managers, 
strength and conditioning coaches, team medical staff and performance analysis personnel
  • Evidence of understanding of current best practice and a history of performing best practice 
(preferably recent best practice) as it applies to rugby coaching;
  • Demonstrated evidence of an ability to understand, support and implement development plans
  • Demonstrated evidence of being able to influence others including an ability to build good 
relationships with others who may not be receptive to change
  • A background that displays people management and people leadership skills and attributes, and the ability to assist in growing rugby from the base and up in Norway


The assigned person will perform the role of Head Coach of Norway Men XVs Team. The role will be viewed as being an integral and significant element of the high-performance player pathway process as we are building rugby in Norway and set the Long-Term Rugby Development framework for the National Teams. The Head Coach, National Men´s Team will lead the team in the preparation for the reminder of the Rugby Europe 2021/2022 campaign and onwards and will be responsible for continues developing a successful team and environment during the selection and preparation stages as well as in the competition itself.


The Head Coach, National Men XVs will be responsible for creating a successful team environment, based on elite level coaching skills and processes, and close co-operation with the club and regional coaches. The appointed person will work alongside assistant coach, the Manager and the physio.


The Head Coach will be responsible for performing the following roles and/or delivering the following outcomes:

  • Coaching, Team Preparation & Performance
  • Player Development
  • Reporting
  • Results

Key Activities

  1. Coaching, Team Preparation & Performance
  2. Plan, develop and initiate the National Men XVs team’s technical, youth and tactical development adhering to The Norwegian Rugby Federation strategies.
  3. Evaluate and record the effectiveness of individual, unit and team performances.
  4. Monitor the performance of assistant coaches, specialist coaches and other staff available to the Head Coach.
  5. Work cooperatively with the team’s assistant coaching staff, management staff and Integrated 
Support Team, as well as the Head of Top Sport.

Player Development 

Liaise with the Top Sport Manager Manager, Regional and club coaches, Player Development on all policy and procedural expectations. Ensure players receive adequate feedback from training, playing and review.


  • Provide match by match reports and end of program reports
  • Annual Plan and Targets
  • Reports to Head of Top Sport and Nathional Team Section Leader


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Per Thorkildsen on +47 41011100.

Please apply by 25 November 2021 by mail to:







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