Rugby Union (Mens)


The University of Nottingham Rugby Union Club (Men's)

Welcome to the University of Nottingham Rugby Union Club's SU Page.

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In 2018/19, the University of Nottingham Rugby Club will be represented by six sides made up of returning players from last season, a well-recruited class of freshers and those freshers who come through our trials. 

Our 1st XV side currently compete in the BUCS Premiership A (North) League against some of the best University sides in the country, including Durham, Loughborough, Leeds and Edinburgh, whilst our three other BUCS teams compete against some of the most competitive University sides in their respective leagues across the country. Our 5th XV and 6th XV play in the competitive UoN IMS league against other societies and hall's teams.

Throughout the club, we maintain a culture and attitude which we pride ourselves on, we call this the UNRUC Way. All sides train seriously and professionally three times a week as a minimum and compete on Wednesday’s afternoon.

However, when the final whistles sounds, we ensure that we celebrate and socialise as a collective (ONERUC), enjoying off-field activities with players who competed, those not selected, injured players and those who are simply part of the club to train and enjoy the club environment.

Last year we had numerous representative honours throughout the Club:

  • Connor Field was capped for England Counties 20s on their successful tour to Georgia 
  • Josh Grimes was selected to play for Wasps 1st XV in the LV Cup. Josh also played for Wasps A alongside Josh Nott
  • Connor Field and incoming 1st XV Captain, Tom Allott, successfully represented Yorkshire at Twickenham in the U20 County Championship Final, beating Cornwall. 
  • Marcus Sotirou was capped for the Cyprus 1st XV winning their Europe Conference 2 and will now play in Rugby Conference 1 South.
  • Rafael Dutta represented Germany in the Dubai International Invitational 7s. He also was capped at 1st XV level as well, facing Chile and Romania. 

The Rugby Union Club at Nottingham prides itself on appealing to players from all ages and abilities. With an impressive coaching setup, including our full-time Director of Rugby, Paul Westgate, and improved facilities on campus.

We welcome anyone and everyone who is keen to work hard and be part of an aspiring, growing and proud rugby club setup.



  • 1st XV - BUCS Premier North A (3rd Place in 2017/18, BUCS National Vase Semi-Finalists)
  • 2nd XV - BUCS Midlands 2B (2nd Place in 2017/18, BUCS Midlands Conf. Cup Quarter-Finalists)
  • 3rd XV - BUCS Midlands 2A (2nd Place in 2017/18, BUCS Midlands Conf. Cup Last 16)
  • 4th XV - BUCS Midlands 3B (4th Place in 2017/18, BUCS Midlands Conf. Cup Last 16)
  • 5th XV - University of Nottingham IMS League (3rd Place in 2017/18)
  • 6th XV - University of Nottingham IMS League (New team for 2018/19)
  • NB. The 2nd XV and 3rd XV play in leagues that are parallel to each other.



The club boasts use of a 3G rubber crumb pitch on University Park for training, along with use of the University's new facilities at the David Ross Sports Village. Home matches are played at Highfields just over the road from University Park Campus with additional pitches based at the Riverside Sports Complex.


Weekly Training:

All teams train three times a week. Training will take place at our University Park 3G rubber crumb facility during the week and at Highfields on Saturdays for those selected. 

Please see the University of Nottingham Rugby Union Club website and this season's Facebook group for further details.



  • Sports Centre Membership: £209 (All club members require a membership for the use of the 3G, HPZ, Rehab centre and gym. £209 is a limited time offer from UoN Sport until 06/10/18 when the price will rise to £229)
  • Rugby Club Membership: £70
  • Kit: Players are expected to have UoN kit for matchdays. The Club stocks an inventory of training and match kit. A guide on how to order kit from the Club will be given to Club members at the start of the season. 



Connor Savage President
Paul van der Merwe Vice-President
Jayhan Selvarajah Treasurer
Lawrence Davies General Secretary
Alex Havers Social Secretary
Charlie Websdale Social Secretary
Felix Griffin Social Secretary
Will Palombo Welfare Secretary
Kaushal Kudhail Kit Secretary
Lewis Brennan VW Representative (Alumni/Club Dinners)
Luke Whelan Charity Secretary
Doug Russell Social Media Officer
Calum Harris Sponsorship Secretary



The club traditionally holds a weekly social on Wednesday evening after our BUCS fixtures, providing the opportunity for all players to meet, socialise and enjoy a few drinks after the day’s games. The socials are run by our social secretaries that pride themselves in making each social as exciting, original and appealing to as many people as possible each week. 

The club also holds various socials outside a Wednesday evening format, including our famous annual Club Dinners. Details of all our social events will be displayed through the clubs Facebook page and Twitter pages.



Trials for the 2018/19 are being reorganised and restructured to ensure each player has as fair a chance as any player of making the University Rugby Club.

First years wishing to join the club and anyone looking to try for the rugby club for the first time will need to trial on Saturday 29th of September (Time tbc)All those who are interested must sign up at the Freshers' Sports Fair during Freshers' Week. 



Remember that there are still some fantastic opportunities for students to play rugby at Nottingham outside our BUCS sides. Through our fantastic IMS Rugby programme and UoN Engage initiatives, there is an opportunity for everyone at Nottingham to learn, play and enjoy rugby throughout their time here. 

UoN Engage: Touch Rugby is held every Sunday at 12:30 - 1:30 pm at the Jubliee Campus 3G and is open to everyone - member of the club or not!



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Club Development Co-ordinator
Kiri Madhani
General Secretary
Lawrence Robert Davies
Kit Secretary
Kaushal Kudhail
Connor Michael Jack Savage
Social Secretary
Felix Griffin
Alexander Havers
Charles Websdale
Sponsorship Secretary
Calum Harris
Jayhan Selvarajah
Vice President
Paul Budler van der Merwe
Welfare Secretary
William Palombo