Associate Professor Nic D Gill

Nic Gill

Associate Professor in Human Performance

Qualifications: PhD, BPhEd (Hons)

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About Nic

Nic has been combining the role of "scientist" and "coach" for over 18 years.  While teaching and supervising students since the completion of his PhD in 2001 Nic has also been a Strength and Conditioning Coach.  Over the last 10 years Nic has been the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the All Blacks (2008-present).  Nic loves to "complete" Ironman once a year and has a real passion for helping people achieve their POTENTIAL. Whether that is helping a student complete their PhD, helping an unhealthy person turn their life around or helping the best rugby team on the planet sustain their performance.

Research Supervised

Currently supervising a number of students in a range of areas including:

  • strength and power development
  • rugby performance and how to best prepare rugby players
  • heat acclimation and performance in hot environments
  • upper respiratory tract infections in athletes
  • child health and learning
  • sleep and nocturnal nutrition
  • methods to measure and enhance change of direction in athletes

Research Interests

My research interests center around health and human performance.  Whilst I have been working with the All Blacks for over 10 years and a lot of my research has revolved around rugby and the development of the best players in the world, I also have a passion for health and performance.  Specifically:

  • methods of strength and power development
  • heat acclimation and performance in hot environments
  • child health
  • sleep and nutrition

Recent Publications

  • Posthumus, L., Fairbairn, K., Darry, K., Driller, M., Winwood, P., & Gill, N. (2021). Competition nutrition practices of elite male professional rugby union players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(10). doi:10.3390/ijerph18105398

  • Watkins, C. M., Storey, A. G., McGuigan, M. R., & Gill, N. D. (2021). Implementation and Efficacy of Plyometric Training: Bridging the Gap Between Practice and Research. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 35(5), 1244-1255. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000003985

  • Watkins, C. M., Storey, A., McGuigan, M. R., Downes, P., & Gill, N. D. (2021). Horizontal Force-Velocity-Power Profiling of Rugby Players: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Competition-Level and Position-Specific Movement Demands. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 35(6), 1576-1585. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000004027

  • McNeill, C., Beaven, C. M., McMaster, D. T., & Gill, N. (2021). Eccentric Force-Velocity Characteristics during a Novel Squat Protocol in Trained Rugby Union Athletes—Pilot Study. Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology, 6(2), 32. doi:10.3390/jfmk6020032

Find more research publications by Nic Gill


Children's and Youth Sport; Classroom Management; Elite Athletes; Health; Performance; Physical Education; Sport Science; Sports

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Cellphone: +64 274 888 699