About Us

Jason Ryan

The Front Row Club is the brainchild of front rower and former Sydenham prop Jason Ryan. After playing more than 180 Senior Division 1 games in the Front Row for Sydenham, and 1st Class rugby including Heartland Championship & the ARC Championship in Australia , Ryan saw the need for a coaching program dedicated to front rowers.

“I wanted to develop a coaching programme that focused solely on front rowers. After trialling the concept with local Christchurch club Sydenham in 2010 I knew that it was something that would benefit all Front Rowers and I wanted to roll it out to the wider rugby community” says Ryan.

The club aims to support front row player’s right from junior levels through to senior levels of the game. The key focus of the club is on safety, because “a safe technique is an effective technique”.

We want to equip rugby players from a young age with the resource and skills that will focus on technique and safety. It’s great for the clubs, schools and parents to know that their children are safe and have been taught the right techniques and given the skills to protect themselves in the front row” says Ryan.

The Front Row Club will bring all levels of the game together from professional to grassroots level. The aim is to develop junior front rowers into senior front rowers and beyond. To do this the club will provide expertise from senior and professional coaches and players of the game.

Crusaders Assistant Forwards Coach and former All Black, Dave Hewett says “the Front Row Club is a fantastic initiative. Everybody knows it all starts up front! With the guidance and insight from seasoned pros, we can hone the specialist skills and technique required for front rowers at an early age.”

All Black Scrum Coach Mike Cron says “There is a strong need for front row development right across the board. I am right behind Jason & his concept!

The club will hold training clinics and sessions on scrummaging techniques, safety, strength and conditioning tips as well as general rugby skills tailored for front rowers.

Rugby Unions, Schools, Universities and Clubs interested in running sessions should contact Jason Ryan through this website or via Front Row Club Facebook page

Coaching Credentials jason

  • NZRU Front Row Factory Coaching Accreditation
  • Canterbury Rugby Union Front Row & Scrum Coach
  • Crusader Knights Scrum Coach
  • Brazil Rugby
  • Canterbury ITM Cup Scrum Coach & Analyst
  • NZ Under 20’s
  • Black Ferns NZ Rugby World Cup 2014

Corey Flynn – Front Row Club Ambassador

cflynnFront Row Club is proud to announce Corey Flynn as an ambassador for Front Row Club. Flynn who was a 2011 Rugby World Cup Winner, has 15 caps for the All Blacks and nearly 150 caps for the Crusaders says he is proud to be involved with such an exciting programme like Front Row Club

” What excites me is that Front Row Club can offer the whole package to do with Scrummaging and set piece. Good set piece is crucial to the expansive game we all like to play so if you are a player, coach amateur or professional team Front Row Club can help with specific requirements for this area.”

New Zealand Representative Teams

  • New Zealand Under 16 in 1997
  • New Zealand Secondary Schools in 1998
  • New Zealand Under 19 in 2000
  • New Zealand Colts in 2001, 2002
  • New Zealand Maori in 2002-2005
  • Junior All Blacks 2005-2007
  • All Blacks in 2003 – 2011
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002–2014 Crusaders 145 (95)


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