Reading University Men’s Rugby Union Football Club (RURFC) is run by students and consists of four competitive teams playing on Wednesday afternoons during the autumn and spring terms. The social nature of the club means that everyone from the RURFC President to a 4th XV substitute gets on well, and with regular socials, joining RURFC is a good way to combine competitive sport with a great social life.
The 1st and 2nd teams compete in high level competitve matches, with away fixtures agaisnt some of the best universities in the South East and South West. The 1st XV have been promoted to South B, whilst the 2nd XV play in South Eastern 2A.
The 2017-18 season was a huge success and offers plenty of scope for progression this year. The 1st XV went on an unbeaten league campaign and reached the BUCS Trophy final. Unfortunately, they lost narrowly in the final against a stong Sheffield 1st XV side. Both teams want to keep developing and progressing through the leagues to play at the best standard possible.
RURFC’s 3rd and 4th XV are key components in the club. Not only are they being promoted through the leagues on a yearly basis, they provide the bulk of the club and are a great means of either introducing boys to the sport or providing the chance for experienced players to get a run out if they are tied up with academic work. Successful representation while playing for the 3rd or 4th XV is a good way to be noticed by RURFC captains who may recommend you for selection in a higher team.
The club also have close ties with Readingensians Rams Rugby Club and many boys get the chance to trial for Berkshire Rugby at both U20 and Men’s level. Additionally, this year members of the club represented the South-West of England u20s and England U20s Counties.
Freshers with a keen interest in rugby union are actively encouraged to join the club. We are one of the largest clubs in the University, with around 140 boys signed up to RURFC. We have a stand at the Freshers Fair during Freshers’ Week so please come over and have a chat with the committee members if you want to join and trials will be in Freshers week so entry into the club can be as swift as possible.
More information is available on :-
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ReadingUniversityRugbyClubSupportersPage/timeline
Instagram - @rurfc
Twitter - @UoR_mensrugby
For anyone who is interested in playing competitive 1st XV and 2nd XV rugby, we have a three week pre-season camp - Monday to Friday from the 3rd September to the 21st September.
During Pre-Season we have 3 scheduled games:-
12th September v Readingensians Development (Home) Time - TBC
19th September v Brunel Univeristy (Away) Time – TBC
26th September v Birmingham University (Home) – Time - TBC
Anyone who has played 1st XV school level or representative rugby should seek to attend - it is a thoroughly enjoyable three weeks and integration with the current squad alongside new freshers is instant from the first session. Accommodation is provided during this period as it will begin before access to halls is available. Please do not hesitate to contact the committee or the Rugby Clubs central email with any questions. If you do want to attend pre-season please provide a rugby reference for us to speak to.
Come visit us at Freshers Fair on the Thursday 27th September to show interest and put your name down for the Freshers Trial Day on Sunday 30th Spetember which will include skills, games and a match against Berkshire Under20's.
President - Evan Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President - Harry Children email@example.com
Secretary - Ross Haines firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer - George Bagshaw email@example.com XV Captain - Francis Cundell firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd XV Captain - Felix Martin email@example.com
Central Email - firstname.lastname@example.org