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Coaching Bio

I am the scrum half for the Queensland Reds Super Rugby Team. I have also played for the Australian Men’s Sevens team & the Wallabies. I enjoy seeing the progression of the athletes I coach.

Growing up on the Sunshine coast, I was a Queensland School Boys representative in 2016. I was then selected to play for the Australian Men’s Sevens team, making my debut at the Wellington Sevens in 2017. I also played in the World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney, Las Vegas and Vancouver. In 2018, I made my debut for the Queensland Reds playing Super Rugby. Throughout my career, I have had some great coaches and I hope to be able to help younger athletes the way my coaches have helped me. I have been coaching Sunshine Coast Grammar Sevens team and the halfback academy at SCGS since I graduated in 2016. I have a lot of coaching experience with halfback specific training and feel I have a lot to offer athletes in this position. I love seeing the improvement and progression of athletes I coach as well sharing my knowledge and experience with them. I like to keep things fun and not take things too seriously.


  • General Rugby Skills
  • Halfback Specific Skills
  • General Play Passing
  • Passing Off the Ground
  • Tackling Technique


  • QLD Working with Children Card expiry 04/01/2025

Coaching Locations

  • Ballymore Stadium, 91 Clyde Road, Herston, Brisbane, QLD 4006, AU
  • New Farm Park, New Farm, Brisbane, QLD 4005, AU

Session Types

One-on-One Coaching 30 MINS $200

One-on-One Coaching 45 MINS $250

One-on-One Coaching 60 MINS $300

Small Group up to 4 athletes 60 MINS $500

Small Group up to 2 athletes 60 MINS $400


Scott - 30-04-2024

Tate helped my 10 year old with tackle technique. He gave some great tips and took my son through a variety of drills. Highly recommend.

Dylan - 06-04-2023

Tate's session with our son was exceptional, passing on key skills and tips to help our aspiring scrum half take his game to the next level. We will definitely be booking again

Greg - 29-09-2022

Our 12 year old son had a one on one session with Tate and we could not speak more highly of how amazing the experience was for him. Tate was super engaging and friendly not too mention really organised with the drills he put our son through. It was an experience he will never forget. Thanks again Tate, you are a champion mate.

Kelli - 08-07-2020

An amazing 10th birthday present for our son...the opportunity to get specific skills training with one of his heroes was fantastic and the smile upon my boy's face before, during and after the session was priceless. Tate was a fabulous coach, calm and friendly and wasted no time, was a great full session. I would highly recommend Tate. We are looking forward to booking more sessions.

Brigid - 27-05-2020

There can be many varied and personal reasons a parent may choose to introduce their child to a sports mentoring or coaching program. Playbook offers so much more than the chance to spend some time with “a Red’s player”. Having spent the last 8 weeks homeschooling, our son James was very excited to train with Tate McDermott. This was his chance to improve his skills and physical capabilities on the rugby field. However, as parents, we were looking to assist our son with his development of life skills such as etiquette, sportsmanship, and perseverance. Life skills such as these are taught through sports activities and applied beyond the sports context. Tate’s relaxed and engaging manner allows him to connect with those who train with him easily. Talking about more than just rugby, Tate began explaining and demonstrating different skills, then offered feedback to James, before modifying tasks as needed to match our son’s level of ability. Very quickly, we noticed an improvement in his physical skills and abilities and closely followed by an enhancement in his self-confidence and connectedness. The future sessions we have booked in with Tate offer a multitude of physical and developmental benefits. Thanks to Playbook for setting up this platform, we are excited to see the development of our son over the coming months.