Rugby Fans in Training New Zealand (RuFIT-NZ)

Are you a fan of professional rugby? Want to get fit? You may be eligible to take part in a free healthy lifestyle programme being run through the Blues, the Highlanders and the Crusaders.

To register, please click here.


We are looking for male rugby fans who are interested in improving their health and fitness to take part in RuFIT-NZ, a 12-week healthy lifestyle programme delivered through professional rugby clubs. In order to participate, you will need to be 30-65 years old and be overweight.

You will receive an individually tailored ‘on field’ physical activity programme delivered by club trainers, as well as helpful lifestyle information. You will also get to be part of a team of similar men who are part of the study.

Hear from past participants here, or from Dr Ihirangi Heke (Waikato-Tainui) here.

The programme is currently being offered at three clubs:

To register for the study, please click here.

Consent Form and Participant Information Sheet
(643.5 kB, PDF)

Hear what past participants are saying here or watch the video below to see a similar programme for football fans in the UK.