Junior Men's (ACE) Rugby Union
The RFU's national leading under 18 development programme for performance players.
Meet the coaches
Having previously worked in the Community Game and coaching our Women's team, Evan is passionate about creating a pathway for rugby players to flourish in Yorkshire. He is focused on developing player and position-specific skills whilst promoting high-performance training habits in his athletes.
Tomasi leads on the DiSE qualification and is the Assistant Coach for our ACE Academy. Tomasi is a specialist skills coach.
ACE Rugby Development Squad Coach
Supporting the ACE Rugby Academy is Richard Kaisia. Hailing from Nelson, NZ, Richie learnt his craft at Nelson College who produced All Blacks such as David Havili, Ethan Blackadder and Ireland International James Lowe.
Overseeing the development squad, Richie plays a key role in transitioning players into the ACE Squad and supporting Evan in developing Bishop Burton College’s newest talents. He has a keen eye for assessing defensive partners and works closely with the team to develop performance game habits with the players.
Director of Rugby
Our rugby academies are led by Mike Umaga, our Director of Rugby. Mike is a former professional rugby union and rugby league player who represented Samoa in two World Cups.
With more than 20 years of coaching experience, Mike has a vast knowledge of player development, having coached across junior age groups, national, championship and premiership leagues as well as internationally and is a Level 4 coach.
With Mike's extensive contacts throughout the rugby world, students have been able to explore playing pathways both in the UK and abroad.