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. We are also lucky enough to welcome a 5th 'social saturdays' team this year. 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 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.
Following the 2017-18 season the 1st and 2nd XV performed well in their leagues both securing mid table spots. The 1st and 2nd XV joint training is 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.
We are very excited to be starting what has deemed as the 'Social Saturday team' this year. We feel this is a chance to get large crowds down to the games, so bring your mates, hopefully it will be a large one. If this sounds like your cup of tea, get involved!
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 four week pre-season camp - Monday to Friday from the 2th of September to the 30th of September.
During Pre-Season we have 3 scheduled games:-
18th September v Surrey Home KO 2-30 pm.
25th September v Birmingham Away KO 2-30 pm
2nd October v Warwick Home KO 2-30 pm
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 26th September to show interest and put your name down for the Freshers Trial Day on Sunday 29th Spetember which will include skills, games and a match against Berkshire Under20's.
If you have questions about pre season contact George Bagshaw (facebook is your best bet) or any of the other members.
President - Felix Martin email@example.com
Vice President - Luke Pritchard-Barret
Secretary - Max Fellows
Treasurer - Felix Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
1st XV Captain - George Bagshaw
2nd XV Captain - James King
Central Email - email@example.com