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 compete in South B, whilst the 2nd XV play in South Eastern 2A.
The 2019-20 season was a huge success and offers plenty of scope for progression this year. The 1st XV had a fantastic season which would have seen them been promoted if COVID had not struck. With such momentum within the team, the chance to finish 1st in the league and progress further through the cup is definitely on the season objectives. All other teams had strong sesons with no relegations and mid-table finishes.
The 1st and 2nd XV train together, creating a competitive platform that the whole squad benefits from.
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. If you feel like you are the next Wilko and are being wasted in the squad you have been chosen for, do not be detered. It is a long season with plenty of chances to move to the top teams.
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 trials on Wednesday 14th October, so please email the club president if you wish to attend (see email address below).
More information is available on :-
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ReadingUniversityRugbyClubSupportersPage/timeline
Instagram - @rurfc
Twitter - @UoR_mensrugby
It is customary for a four week pre-season camp to run during the month of September. This year, that will be shortened to just one week (date to be decided) due to the season starting slightly later than usual. For anyone interested in attending this, please contact us.
Anyone who has played 1st XV school level or representative rugby should seek to attend - it is a thoroughly enjoyable week 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.
Furthermore, the club will be running as usual (with some COVID precuations) despite the delay in the league start. Please make sure to get involved with the club if you are a keen rugby player or even if you just want to meet new people. Come visit us at Freshers Fair during freshers week to show interest and put your name down for the Freshers Trial Day which will include skills, games and a match against Berkshire Under20's.
If you have questions about pre season contact Jack Lockwood (facebook is your best bet) or any of the other members.
**How we are providing safe activity for our members**
As we are able to book facilities/have approved guidance from our NGB we have put in place a number of measures to ensure we operate within government and NGB guidelines. We have appointed Covid Officers within our committee who will monitor our guidelines and update our risk assessment on a regular basis. They will also be responsible for maintaining our track and trace information and communicating with our members where necessary.
We will follow all the guidance set out and ensure that our sessions run at the allowed capacities. These will be much lower than we would normally have so we will be providing bookable sessions and ensuring that a fair balance is maintained between returners and new members and that no one is missing out.
President - James King firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President - Felix Hall
Secretary - George Pope
Treasurer - Joe Broomfield
1st XV Captain - Jack Lockwood
2nd XV Captain - Matt Green
Central Email - email@example.com