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 at a high level, with away fixtures against some of the best universities in the South East. The 1st XV play in South East 1A and are awaiting promotion to Premiership South B after our Play off game Vs Hartpury.
The 2016-17 season was a promising season for the University and there is plenty that can be built on in the coming year. Being unbeaten throughout the whole of 2016, the 1st team also achieved the semi final in the Bucs Cup Narrowly losing to Edinburgh 1st XV. The 2nd XV also play at a high standard and have recently been promoted to South Eastern 2A. Both the ambitions of the 1st XV and the 2nd, riding the crest of a promotion wave, make joining RURUC an exciting prospect for the 2017/2018 season.
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.
Stash for the new season is available online at http://redpanda-sports.com/reading-university.
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 4th September to the 23rd September.
During Pre-Season we have 3 scheduled games:-
13th September v Birmingham University (A) Time - TBC
20th September v Warwick University (A) Time – TBC
27th September v Hartpury University (N) – 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.
For anyone who is interested in join preseason training or has any questions at all about the club, do not hesitate to get in contact with any of the following committee members:
Henry Conen- President Henry.firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Barr- Vice President Richardcrbarr@gmail.com
Tom Head - 1XV Captain Tom.email@example.com
Ross Haines - Secretary Rosshaines.firstname.lastname@example.org
Harvey Bevan – Treasurer Harveybevan@aol.com